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And then we snapped – 21/12-27/12


And . . . . . . BREATHE.

So Santa Claus has been and gone. Presents have been wrapped, only to be ripped open by excited children. Their gifts sit in piles around the house, waiting to find their new homes. Santa is no doubt sitting on a beach somewhere warm and tropical sipping on a daiquiri and enjoying some much needed R&R with Mrs Claus. Copious amounts of food and drink have been consumed, and the dieting will begin next week. Families have come together to celebrated (& argue), like many families do in the christmas season. Christmas is over. Another year down. And even though it’s my favourite time of the year, it’s also the most exhausting. I need a holiday.

Our Christmas was lovely. Rather quiet, but lovely nonetheless. Apparently Santa did a good job this year. That’s good to know. He’ll be happy to know he did well. And I tried to take as many photos as possible, showing the joy that was felt by everyone. So this week, rather than a shot a day, I’m showing you photos from the 24 hours that belonged to Christmas.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse . . .


Let the unwrapping begin . . .


TY Beanie Boos were mostly on their christmas lists this year, and Santa didn’t disappoint . . .


One of his favourite christmas pressies . . . and it’s something the whole family can play together. Family Feud doesn’t discriminate against Duchenne.


Presents are left lying exactly where they were unwrapped . . .


Busy, mum! I’m busy unwrapping . . .


OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! It’s the George Foreman Mix’n’Go. PRO!!! That’s totes awse!!!! I’m, like, so excited!!


I think he’s a wee bit excited about the family getting a SodaStream from Santa Claus.


He really only asked for one thing. Just one. And he got it. One of those damn Skylanders games! I’m not a fan of video games in general, hate them in fact. But he loves it!


Because didn’t everyone’s house look like a bomb had hit it in the aftermath of Christmas morning?


The TY Beanie Boos are taking over! 42 and counting . . .


My Secret Santa present from one of my photographer friends . . .


Today, I am thankful that Santa was able to find the perfect present for Saraya. When Saraya was born, we gave her a teddy. It wasn’t anything special, but it became her favourite. SeeSee was her name (or CC). Saraya has taken her everywhere ever since, for almost 7 years. Poor CC now looks very worn, very old, quite threadbare. I searched for years, trying to find an extra CC if, god forbid, anything ever happened to her. And my searches were without luck. But this year, Santa did something wonderful – he found another CC. And even though she will never replace the original CC, just knowing that there is another one is enough. Here is the moment that Saraya unwrapped her. I’m so glad I got to photograph this, the joy on her face is just beautiful.

Saraya CC

She loves them both equally.


And there you have it, Christmas in my house. The wrapping began at 7.00am and it was finished by 7.12am.  And then it was over. Another year. They go by so fast, don’t you think?

With 2015 upon us, it’s time to think about what I want for myself and my family for next year. It’s time to make plans and set goals. Only 26 more hours until we can all “start again”. I’ll be back next year, so in the meantime – HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

And don’t forget to follow the circle. Click on the link to see what the always talented Jana from Photography2204 has been up to.

See you in 2015.

  • Jenny wilkerson - I love how you documented christmas! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Oh Sharyn, I love getting a peek at your Christmas and seeing the excitement on your kids’ faces <3 Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

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