First Christ­mas

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Suzanne and Richard’s most mem­o­rable Christ­mas was just a month af­ter they had bought the house, even be­fore they had moved in. “The fam­ily said, ‘We’re hav­ing Christ­mas at your place.’” All 44 of them. “We had card­board on the floor and sheets cov­er­ing gap­ing holes in the ceil­ing and there was de­bris ev­ery­where,” says Suzanne, who had the fam­ily-sized oven in­stalled that week and was plant­ing white roses around the pa­tio on Christ­mas morn­ing. Luck­ily it was a per­fect sum­mer’s day. Suzanne cov­ered the out­door con­crete ta­bles with linen table­cloths and lined them with home­made minia­ture Christ­mas trees and fairy lights. “We opened presents on the lawn and every­one brought some­thing for the meal. It turned out to be the best Christ­mas ever.”

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