Friday, 30 December 2011

Christmas 2011

This may have been our last Christmas in South Africa for a very long time so we decided to make the most of it.

We did not follow suit of the most of the Gauteng residents and go to Durban or other holiday destination, but we decided to stay at home and appreciate and enjoy our house and our area.

We took the kids to the Garden of Lights at Emperors Palace (Casino). They have this beautiful garden full of lights and Xmas feeling. It was really pretty and exciting, but I remember the times my parents took me to Wemmer Pan and Joubert Park (JHB) and I think the lights and decorations those days were much more exciting. I am not sure if it is only because I was a child and everything seemed bigger and brighter or if it is because the lights in Emperors garden were only made of rope lights (decorated in most wonderful designs). Regardless of my opinion, it was a wonderful night and we all had a good Xmas preparation feeling going on.

Megan, Neré and Cara in front of some of the light candy decorations

I seriously do not like to be in front of the camera - rather on the other side, but Neré insisted on taking this one of Mommy.

The kids in front of a beautiful display of musical instruments

A huge lit up Xmas tree

An "Avatar" tree .... and me and Sarel

We also decided to go have a nice picnic at a dam close by (Rietvlei Dam). We had a nice time. Sarel and the kids tried to J-board, we played badminton, and braaied (BBQ). What a wonderful family day.

Christmas 2011 - Megan

Christmas 2011 - Cara

Christmas 2011 -Neré

Christmas 2011 -Sarel and Chantel

A few months ago I invited the closest family to spend Christmas day with us. We were 21 adults and 7 children. Miraculously I found a way to get all 21 adults around a table for a nice sit down Christmas lunch. The kids also had their own table. I asked each family to bring a dish and at the end of the day, we had more than enough food and snacks for all.

It was such a special day to spend it with parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. I will cherish this memory for a long time.
The day was so busy and I did not have time to take too many photos, but here are a few to give an idea of our lovely day.

The table that accommodated 21 of us

At the table

In the lounge, waiting for the presents

The Christmas tree with tons of presents. After lunch we all moved to the lounge and gave each other presents.

And so another Christmas has passed and tomorrow is the last day of 2011.

We trust you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a blessed and prosperous 2012.

May 2012 be the year that we finally can find a peaceful place in the new country for our roots again.
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