The best kind of Christmas Day is one where no one gets upset or has a hissy fit; where people chill out; and where family get together.
The kids, me, my ex-husband/kids father, and his other son – sharing the cooking and the eating. All very peaceful. Just as it should be.
Then a walk on the beach in the sun.
First view of the beach and there are many people around - not crowds - it's not that kind of beach - but lots - either paddling, swimming or just doing the traditional Christmas Day walk on the beach.
Some freak of weather means that details of Kapiti Island stand out very clear to the observer (but not necessarily to the cell phone camera!).
There's even someone flying about in a biplane!
A view of the beach looking south.
And looking north.
And finally a small pohutukawa tree I spotted on the way home. This is the NZ Christmas tree and tradition says that if it is in bloom before Christmas Day then we'll have a long hot summer.