Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Christmas Table 2009

These are some of the pictures of my Christmas Table. The crackers I made for each family member were pulled and all the trims were saved to be recycled for more Christmas crafting next year. The younger children were delighted with their gifts and the older ones enjoyed the chocolates! We enjoyed a traditional lamb roast with a summer twist - it was marinated in a mango sauce overnight and served with a mango salsa rather than the traditional mint sauce. Plum pudding is not the best choice for a dessert on a hot summer day so we indulged in an ice cream pudding instead. I will post the recipe soon for those who want to try this when their summer comes around!

Two of my lovely daughters!
Meet the rest of my beautiful family at my family blog eightacresofeden

I have written about our very special Christmas at my main blog where you will also find these pictures of my Christmas table. What is missing from the pictures of just the Christmas table is what makes Christmas truly special - the people, especially family and friends. They are the reason why I put so much effort into making Christmas special - it is my way of not only expressing my God given creativity but also showing my family how much they mean to me. I want them to grow up and have beautiful memories of Christmas at home, when they pull a cracker or light a candle, wherever they are in the world, they will think of me, their mother but more than the gifts carefully chosen or the lovely details on the table, they will recall the laughter, the fun, the joyful atmosphere around our table and in our home - for this is what I truly desire to create, not only at Christmas but all year round - at every meal! On every occasion! Knowing that they grew up in a home where they were accepted, loved, cherished and where God was honoured and Jesus was the centre of every celebration but especially Christmas and Easter - this is the desire of my heart!

I will continue to upkeep this blog. I want it to be a comprehensive resource of ideas and inspiration for Christmas. There were many more posts I had planned but they can wait for next year! Do save those cards though, don't toss them away, not even into the 'Planet Ark' bin at the supermarket - I have a few ideas for creative recycling!

Something, or should I say someone, more important than blogging or preparing for Christmas, came into my life in the days before Christmas. A very special gift from God whom I brought home to my family on Christmas Eve. A baby boy, my seventh born and a beautiful reminder that the greatest gift of Christmas was a baby.

With love and Joy,


  1. Look at that little man snoozing away there!

  2. Hello! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! And congratulations on the new addition to your family! How incredibly awesome! I arrived at your blog by way of the Not Quite Donna Reed blog, where she mentioned a cracker tutorial. I haven't found it yet, but I'm having such a nice time looking around your blog, reading & checking out your photos. Love the 'Big Red Store' poem! So poignant.

    I remember the Terry's chocolate orange - delightfully delicious! I'm in Albuquerque helping out my aunt & her family (she had foot surgery a week before Thanksgiving, & I arrived here about a week before her surgery!) I found a chocolate orange, but it wasn't Terry's! :(

    Back to the Big Red Store poem, there's a photo in there that I particularly loved! The three candles surrounded by glittered green apples, echevaria candles that looked so real (!) I couldn't believe them, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, chestnuts and evergreens. That is such a lovely grouping! I too enjoy the natural gifts from God.

    Again, God bless you and your family!

    Leslie Anne

  3. I thought I'd jump over here to catch up - I still love your table decorations. What I forgot to say is how delicious your Christmas dinner sounded. We had a roast turkey - which is a special Christmas treat for us, but that marinade on the lamb sounds just mouth-watering! Will save my Christmas cards & look forward to your other Christmas ideas!
    Renata :)


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