Decorating for Christmas!

We're having our first Christmas in our country house and I just can't wait. The weather turned it on last time we were up there, and you have never seen anyone wanting to return to Auckland less than we did. And we like Auckland! But that place is just so magical in the summer. H1 spent most of the weekend getting the house ready for summer – outdoor furniture out, etc. – and we had friends over for a delicious picky snack dinner and some bubbles in the evening. Oh, and we also decorated for Christmas! So exciting. Some photographic evidence...

Sunrise from our bedroom window.

Sunrise from our bedroom window.

Champagne and Pfeffernüsse. Traditions old...

Champagne and Pfeffernüsse. Traditions old...

...and new. H1 and Amelie taking a break from decorating.

...and new. H1 and Amelie taking a break from decorating.

H1 putting together the tree. Fake, because it gets hot in that house when we're not there!

H1 putting together the tree. Fake, because it gets hot in that house when we're not there!

The decorated tree.

The decorated tree.

Snacks with friends. That chutney is from the Mangawhai markets and is SO good.

Snacks with friends. That chutney is from the Mangawhai markets and is SO good.

Our New York star nestled at the top of the tree.

Our New York star nestled at the top of the tree.

Only a few more days to go...I can't wait!