Christmas Eve - such a blessing for us to be spending Christmas with family! When Mom and Dad announced in March that they had booked airline tickets to come visit, the theme was centered around 'Christmas in NZ'. So here we are then...this is it! With our German heritage we always open gifts on Christmas Eve, following a good meal. Tonight we had roast pork and veggies, and pavlova for pudding. We also stuck to our usual family devotion following a meal, and tonight we reflected on Jesus' birth and the events leading up to it, and how Mary pondered all that the angel had said. What a blessed time of reflection on the birth of our Saviour and the gift He has given us, of salvation and reconciliation with God, our creator and Father.