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Jones family Christmas 2023 recap

Well, Christmas 2023 is all but a sweet memory. The day came and went in a frenzy of wrapping paper and delicious food. Of course, there was a challenge or two thrown in the week leading up to Christmas with me testing positive for Covid and Braeden’s support worker unable to work three days in the same week. Fortunately, I had a mild dose of Covid, and I was relatively organised. I was relieved that Hubby, the kids and my parents all avoided it despite close contact in the days leading up to my positive test. I did three tests before the fourth one, several days later, showed a positive result. Being house bound meant I needed to depend on others to do a few last-minute jobs for me but thankfully it all came together. Braeden and I were well and truly in the Christmas spirit after watching a marathon of Christmas movies while we were stuck at home.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Knowing Braeden loves Christmas so much we went all out this year. We had our usual two Christmas trees but also a small table sized one in Braeden’s room. Braeden proudly wore his myriad of Christmas t-shirts from the end of November. Much to Hubby’s horror I got us matching Grinch PJ’s and Braeden’s bed was decked out in Grinch sheets. Braeden was in his element. Advent calendars were opened daily and Christmas was embraced in every way. In many ways this put more pressure on the actual day going well.

By Christmas day I was feeling well and ready to get on with the celebrations. Braeden was awake at 4am so he had quite a few hours to wait before everyone else was awake and willing to open presents.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Braeden was so intense about his present opening duties he literally worked up a sweat. His brow was dewy with the excitement and effort of ripping through the paper. It is such a joy to see him opening everything like a boss and to see the sheer delight he takes in every detail of Christmas day.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel




The icing on the Christmas cake for Braeden was being reunited with his Grandad. Since aged care facilities have reintroduced Covid-safety methods requiring all visitors to do a Covid test before entering it has meant Braeden hasn’t seen my dad since he entered respite. We can’t get one of those little sticks near Braeden, let alone up his nose! So there was much excitement when Hubby, Amelia and Braeden went to pick up my dad. It was his first time back at our house since early November. It’s been a long time!

It was so lovely seeing my mum and dad sitting side by side on the lounge holding hands. Life seemed normal again. I wasn’t sure how the day would play out and whether being back home would cause my dad distress, but he seemed happy to be with us. He also loved his Christmas gifts. Amelia and I made him a photo book of his life and family so he would be able to share it with others at the aged care facility or with anyone visiting him. We also got him a large photo frame with multiple photos of his siblings and family to hang on the wall in his room.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

There was a frenzy in the kitchen at lunchtime with ham, chicken, turkey, baked vegetables and a range of salads all prepped and served. A prawn and mango salad is one of my faves as it is so refreshing on a humid day.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Champagne was popped, Christmas bon bons were pulled and games were played. Bellies were full but a little room was found for pavlova, pudding, and chocolate covered sultanas and almonds.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel




Lots of travel-related gifts made their way into our present haul. My favourite gift is a photo book made by Amelia which documents our trip to Europe last year. It’s so lovely to see all our memories on its glossy pages. Hubby received several accessories for his GoPro and his Insta360 Go camera. Braeden loves his books, the annual Simpson’s calendar for his room, new graphic t-shirts and the Foaminators that he and Hubby received. Amelia also made me an Ei’ (we learnt how to make the  garland of flowers in the Cook Islands and Amelia used flowers from my mum’s garden to make it) on Christmas Eve – see the photo at the top to see what she made.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

All good things must come to end and when we spotted my dad was getting tired it was time to take him back to the aged care home. It’s still so hard to come to terms with this is the way it is now but I kept reminding myself we were fortunate the day had been a success.

Christmas 2023 Jones Family - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

I always save a few gifts for the “kids” for Boxing Day because who wants Christmas to come to an end? Braeden was just as delighted with both the presents and having his Gran visit.

Our family is in a period of change and I’m trying hard to just go with it, adapt and learn the new norm. It will take time to find a new rhythm but that’s life right? Nothing stays the same forever and being flexible and adapting is key. We’ve done it before in other ways so I’m sure we’ll work it out as a family again.

How was your Christmas?




 

3 thoughts on “Jones family Christmas 2023 recap”

  1. Christmas always seems to come and go so quick for me too. I try to remember to keep Christmas in my heart and celebrate all year long. Not with decorations, special dinners or presents but I still celebrate by being glad that Christ was born. I bought the remote control wheelchair from Amazon that was in one of your posts. I had Laryngitis but I was able to enjoy Christmas. I’m glad your Christmas was nice. Happy New Year!

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  2. Merry Christmas to your dear family and thank you for sharing the love you have for one another – through thick and thin. I swore I would never travel again in winter after a particularly hazardous trip, but my husband and I flew to New York this year to spend a wonderful Christmas with our daughter, son-in-law, and 9-year old grandson. Now we’re back in St. Louis, Missouri – NO hazardous weather either way – and looking forward to celebrating Epiphany with our son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren here. Have a blessed NewYear❣️

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