Santa Claus must have visited in the wee hours of the morning, as both Papa Johno and I were pleasantly surprised to find our stockings filled with all sorts of goodies. The milk and biscuits had been eaten by Santa and his helpers, and the dishes even washed and put away!
By 9.00am the house was filled with the sounds of laughter from excited and noisy children.
All Stuart's gang arrived:
Eldest daughter, Tei and her new husband Mike, with their daughter, Tauariki and son, Epa. He is the one with the bright red hair!
Daughter, Tamara, partner Ali and their three extremely lively boys: Alista, Dominic and Tunui.
Son, Steven and his girlfriend, Maraea.
Daughters, Liana, and Moanaarrii and son, Tetaura-Raru Yes Stuart is the Dad of 6 kids.
Nicky at 6ft 2 inches( in green T shirt) towers over his Dad, Nicholas.
Croissants, Christmas mince pies, toast and coffee for the adults. And a sugar rush for the children.
They loved the fruit kebabs, filled with marshmallows and smothered with lashings of whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry sauce
After opening their presents we sent them on their way to visit their other grandparents where, no doubt, they caused havoc, as they were on such a high!
Our Christmas festivities continued with a fabulous luncheon enjoyed with close friends. Karen set a magnificent table, Mal carved the turkey and ham, and their guests popped more and more bottles of champagne. We had a right royal feast and an amazing fun filled day. Meitaki maata to our hosts Karen and Mal in their beautiful home at Muri Heights.