My Christmas began in Wormshill with a lovely family 'do' at my sister Fiona's house on Christmas Eve. The house was bedecked in fairy lights and filled with warm hospitality. Three of we five sisters gathered with our families, to raise a glass (or several!) to welcome in our 2014 festivities.
Sisters, sisters, never were there such delightful sisters!
We had a fun Christmas Day with my daughter and the lovely new man in her life ... (gotta love a Christmas romance eh?!)
A new romance for Christmas!
And after pressie openings, followed by a very tasty turkey dinner prepared by my husband (thanks Stuart - nice work!) the four of us wrapped up warmly to tromp off the pud in our local fields and pear orchard, with Polly dashing between trees and leaping into muddy puddles, with all the festive excitement only a young goldie can muster!
Muddy Christmas Polly!
For me, Christmas is all about sharing time with family, so this year was especially important because it was my gorgeous Grandson's very first Christmas.
Walking with Toby and his mummy
Little Toby snuggled into a sling with his mummy to come walking in Wormshill with us for the first time on Christmas Eve ...
Our Boxing Day walk
... then again on Boxing Day, when we took Polly and my kids for a very muddy tromp along the River Medway at Teston Country Park after a tasty cold turkey and pickles lunch.
Playing airplanes with Daddy
At just three months old, Toby is a proper little character, full of sunny smiles, wide eyes and delightful talky sounds ... and he gives the very best cuddles. As you can imagine, I loved us being able to spend Boxing Day together!
Toby's first Christmas gifts
I was delighted with the generous gifts received from my family this year, but to receive my very first 'Nana' gifts, was extra special. I was so touched by the care, creativity and thoughtfulness Toby's mummy and daddy put into the design of these beautiful keepsakes, together with the beautiful reindeer footprint cards Hannah made to accompany them ... these mementos of my Grandson's first Christmas will always be very precious to me.
Christmas snooze time
It won't be long until I disrobe the Christmas tree, vacuum up all the fallen needles and tidy away our baubles and tinsel until another year. Christmas seems to become more and more commercial each year, but above and beyond all that tinsel and sparkle madness, I still believe the heart of Christmas is intact.
I have loved sharing these precious few days with my closest family!