Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from New Zealand!

We are missing our families of course, but very thankful to have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas meal with a Kiwi family tonight. We experienced a few firsts (and sadly maybe lasts as this may be our last summer Christmas here!): the Christmas Cracker/bon-bon tradition, orange glazed Kumara and steamed Christmas cake with custard. Delicious!

Today was a beautiful warm day and we took a walk/jog on the St Kilda beach. These are the memories I hope stay with us regardless of where we end up next. 

Here's a wee Christmas prayer I've enjoyed these past few weeks (thanks to Julie Ryan for sending to us)

Hold fast to hope.
Hold fast to the elusive, the intangible, the never-to-be-had,
For stars fall from heaven sometimes,
And Kings are born in barns and miracles rise out of little things.

May the quiet trust of Mary,
the graciousness of Joseph
the humility of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men
the joy of the angels
and the peace of the Christ child
be God's gifts to you this Christmastide