'twas the night before Christmas

and all through the house parents were wondering where the past month had gone and hoping that nothing important on anybody's lists had been forgotten! Just thought I'd share a few photos from nativities and Santa visits before the excitement comes to a head tomorrow.

Patrick had a very important role as Wise Man #2 in his nativity. Such a fun show that allowed every child their moment of glory on the stage - mums across the hall were slightly weepy!


Conor's role was no less important. He was a shepherd, but not just any shepherd. He was the one who got to carry the sheep, which he defended valiantly when one shepherd turned rogue and attempted a sheep-napping! It was obvious who had the older brother and was used to holding on tightly to what he had in his hands!


This is my favourite photo of the year of him - LOVE that smile :)


We had a lovely visit to see Santa at Mountstewart last week, complete with quiz trail, crafts, hot chocolate and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage to see the man himself. You have to soak up the wonder of it all while they're small, don't you think?



Clearly it was necessary to photograph the one snowy day of the year. Alas, it has now disappeared and there is little chance of a white Christmas in this neck of the woods, but for a few hours last Sunday it was almost magical.


Which brings us to tonight, the most exciting night of the year. The mince pies and shortbread are out for Santa, there are carrots and some water for the reindeer, and there are two very tired and excited little boys tucked up in bed (no doubt with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads!)


I wish you glad tidings and much festive cheer. We will be singing 'Happy Birthday' to baby Jesus and opening our presents with much anticipation tomorrow before our families join us for the mega meal. However you will be spending yours, I wish you the merriest of Christmases x