Saturday, 26 December 2015

Christmas ornaments, Christmas day, and our choir

I finished my Granddaughters' Christmas ornaments 
just two days before Christmas. PHEW!

They are recycled lightbulbs.

Mackenzie's 1st Christmas

Madelyn's 4th Christmas

Mikayla's 6th Christmas


Regular readers will know that my son, Bradley, and I 
joined the Mater 'Sing for Health' Choir back in 2014. 
We come together for six weeks, twice a year, 
and practise for our main performance 
in the Mater Mothers' Hospital Foyer. 

For our Christmas carols this year,
we had SIX performances all up.
Two performances on the 14th 
for the Mater staff Christmas party. 
Three performances on the 16th... 
one for the Mater Volunteers' Christmas party,
our main performance in the Mater Mothers' foyer, 
and one at the Mater Child Care Centre. 
Our last performance was on the 17th at the
2nd Mater Volunteers' Christmas party.

Photo is courtesy of Mater Queensland

Bradley and I had so much fun 
and it is always a pleasure to sing 
with such a great bunch of people. 
Our choirmaster, Ruani, is simply the best! 
Her choir assistant, Mairead, 
helps us Alto's stay on track with our harmony. 
Mary, Brad's Occupational Therapist, is 
the one who started the choir. 
We are very grateful to her for inviting us to join.


On Christmas morning,
Bradley, Aaron, and I went to
Michelle's (daughter) and Alex's place.
My granddaughters were so excited
that Santa had visited them. hehe
We had a yummy brunch there.
I made my own style of baked beans
and also took along some
Linda McCartney sausages
to fry up for us vegans.
We had a lovely time!

For Christmas dinner, I made a vegan roast
and roasted veggies, drizzled with mint sauce,
and vegan stuffing.
It was so yummy!

Photo courtesy of my son, Bradley.

For Christmas dessert, I made a parfait style of vegan mango 'cheesecake',
with fresh mango puree and loosely crumbled gingernut biscuits.
I didn't have proper parfait glasses so settled for some regular glasses.

It tasted divine!
Even Aaron enjoyed his and he isn't vegan.

All in all, we had a beautiful Christmas!


It is now Boxing Day afternoon here in Australia.
I steered clear of the stores today
with the Boxing Day Sales on.
Businesses were expecting huge crowds.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas!

Enjoy the holiday season and stay safe.

Love, light, and peace to all.


  1. I LOVE those light bulb ideas!!! They are so pretty! Sounds like a great time was had by all. I'm a vegetarian so enjoyed a Mushroom and Madiera Wellington. It was divine!! :0)

    1. Thanks, Sandra! Your Mushroom and Madeira Wellington sounds great! xx

  2. Those ornaments are adorable. Sounds like you had a busy season and that plate with (which I've ever heard of before) Linda's sausages...looks so delicious as does the dessert. How fun to spend the day with your granddaughters. I miss not seeing mine this time of year.

    1. Thanks, Sandy! Yes, we had a great Christmas. The Linda McCartney sausages are a favourite of mine...meat and dairy-free and they are delicious! Sorry that you didn't see your Grand-kids over Christmas...I know how much you love to spend time with them. Have a lovely Sunday! xx

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Happy Holidays Serena, I was thinking of you this morning and was glad to see your blog post sitting in my bloglovin feed. I hope you have a lovely New Years and all your wishes for this season start coming true.

    1. Happy Holidays to you too, Jenn! I hope you had a beautiful and fun Christmas. I'm planning to be blogging a lot more in 2016 so stick around. Enjoy the coming week and a Happy New Year to you! xx

  4. the bulbs look great :D

    People are insane going out on Boxing Day, all to save a few bucks :/

    1. Thanks, Jen! I agree, especially being that I hate crowds. Crazy crowds makes me feel claustrophobic. Wishing you a Happy New Year! xx

  5. Great post, Mum!

    You did a wonderful job on the Christmas ornaments, I'm sure the girls loved them! I love being in the Mater choir and having you in it with me, we both always have fun and it's always great getting together with friends we've made! Great photo of us all!
    I had a great time at Michelle's & Alex's place, was a great time! The Vegan Roast dinner and that dessert was also delicious! I'm happy you didn't need to go shopping yesterday, it would have been terribly busy.

    Love Brad! xoxo

  6. The ornaments are just darling!
    A vegan roast sounds delicious--everything looks so good!
    So glad you and Brad had a great time with choir again this year.
    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Love and hugs!!! :)

    1. Thanks, Rita! Yes, we had a beautiful Christmas.

      Love and hugs to you and Karma xo

  7. Your painted ornaments are absolutely beautiful. Wow! Looks like you had a lovely Christmas and I hope you had a great Boxing Day as well. We too, simply relaxed today after a full day of celebrations yesterday. :)

    1. Thanks, Alexandria! Glad to hear you had a lovely day of celebrations too. All the best for the New Year. After a crazy couple of years, I'm looking forward to getting back on board with Sunday Sketches in 2016. :)