We had a really special Christmas this year for a few reasons. Firstly, Cheese is now the right age to “get” Christmas, so she’d been getting more and more excited over the past few weeks, building up to a fever pitch on Christmas Eve. She’d run into no less than five Santas over December, who, this year, was a celebrity spotting rather than a scary weird looking person when Cheese realised he was going to give her presents.

It was also the first Christmas we’ve spent back in Sydney since Cheese was only four months old. As fun as it was celebrating in Hawaii and New York, spending it in Sydney at my childhood home, with all of my family traditions passing down to Cheese, was really special.

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Christmas Eve – can you tell that Santa came?

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas morning.

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

Christmas in Sydney via christineknight.me

My mum’s brother and his partner joined us for Christmas lunch this year. Due to my uncle’s ill health we rarely see him, and it was the first time he’d met Alec and also Cheese. It was a really wonderful lunch – simple and full of laughter and great conversation.

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My parents had a wonderful day with Cheese. Seeing the big smiles on their faces really made this whole move worthwhile. After the big scare in January when I thought I’d never get another Christmas with my dad again, it was doubly special this year to have the chance for one more (and hopefully many more!) Christmases with Dad.

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Merry Christmas to and from my loves. I hope your Christmas was equally joyful with your friends and family.