Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Two Little Angels

I hope everyone had as good a Christmas as we did. These are just a few photos from Christmas Eve - not great as there were a lot of people around in a small space and it was a case of snapping what I could. A local farm does a Nativity play which the children take part in during the few days leading up to Christmas so I booked tickets for Steve, Hannah, Juliette, myself and the two girls. It was a surprise for Kaitlyn and Lucy as they had no idea where we were going when we set out. First of all the children are dressed up so that they can take part in the play. Kaitlyn and Lucy both chose to be angels - along with pretty much all the other children:)

The nice thing was that there were real animals - an 'ox' in a stall, real lambs for the shepherds and a real donkey for Mary to travel to Bethlehem on.

Afterwards the children were all able to ride on the donkey if they wanted to which Lucy definitely did!

Holding one of the lambs was fun too though the lamb seems to be more interested in Aunty Juliette's hair than anything else.

Finally came a visit to Father Christmas - Kaitlyn seems very happy with this part:) Lucy is more interested in what the parcel might contain! Grown ups weren't left out - there was a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for us. It made a great start to the holiday.


Lynda (Granny K) said...

Having real animals must have made it all extra-special! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a lovely trip!

Strawberry Lane said...

How wonderful! It was great to enjoy your Christmas through your photos! Everyone looks very joyous ... especially with the animals!

Dog Trot Farm said...

Hi Rowan, Merry Christmas. How lovely to share the holiday with your granddaughters. It appears Father Christmas was a hit. Years ago, Mr. Dog Trot and I attended Christmas Eve service in a barn, filled with animals and candlelight, it was magical! Sending New Year Greetings from across the pond, Julie.

Tiny Dancer said...

It always looks a lovely evening - I'll have to try and get tickets next year as the kids are too old for the CHristingle service and I do like to keep some "religion" in Christmas for them.

Diane said...

PS That was me before - daughter logged onto my laptop!! xx

Hilaire said...

Sounds like a lovely start to the celebrations! Wishing you and your family every happiness for 2013. Hope to see you at some point for tea and a scone in the local cafe!

Mac n' Janet said...

What a treat, I would have rode the donkey too.

val's alentejo said...

What a wonderful christmas play.. real animals, that must have been so lovely Rowan.
great photos.
pleased you had a wonderful christmas..
its a time for us all to be together.
wishiing you a happy last weekend for 2012..
val x

*Sheila* said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Rowan.
Your grand daughters are growing so quickly. They look like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves!