Cold Christmas.

The weather has suddenly turned very cold. Well. cold for here anyway. Wonder if we will get snow? 😀

The last couple of mornings it has been 5 or 6 celcius. Even in the middle of the day it has only been around 11 or 12c. Today the sun is out which after the last two days of overcast windy skies is very nice. The kids are loving the opportunity to play outside and have spent most of this morning climbing the tree in the front garden.

Meanwhile some of us are inside slaving away getting food ready for tomorrow. No – not really! In fact we have had a lovely couple of days of cooking and baking.

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After rising early (5am) the last couple of days, and spending time with the Real Reason for the season I prepared some biscuit doughs. Later after breakfast, while I cooked Sticky Toffee Pudding for desert on the 25th, the children had a wonderful time making shortbread and gingerbread cookies. They have shared them with neighbours, and of course made sure we still had some. Homemade bread dough is in the fridge ready for fresh rolls to have with the pumpkin soup starter.

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This morning I made a cinnamon pecan pull apart for breakfast on Christmas Day. We’ll just pop it in the oven while the kids open their gifts and it will fill the house with that beautiful sweet aroma of spices. Fresh brewed coffee and we are all set! Yumm!!!

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The roast beef is prepared and the turkey defrosted ready to cook.

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Today everyone is helping peel potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and pumpkin. Add in the cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, peas and corn and I think that covers it. What a feast! We have invited some others to come and share with us.

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Some of us are so busy we need help eating the goodies!!!    🙂

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The thing we love so much about this time is not the food – thought that is always good, but the time we spend together preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth. Now it may not be His birthday..but the whole world stops for this one day. It transcends any other international celebration… other than perhaps Easter..and that’s about Him too. Because we are all involved in the preparations together it affords time to talk. To chat about the meaning and value of this time. That gift is immeasurable, and infinitely better than anything you might find under the tree.

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As you prepare we pray that you are truly blessed and feel His presence in every thing you do!

Happy Christmas to you all from the Desert Clan!

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