Baby is best gift of all
CHRISTMAS on the Northern Rivers is a time of goodwill and miracles.
Paul and Julie Woodford from Alstonville already have the best Christmas gift a parent could wish for: a baby named Isabella, born in April.
The couple had tried unsuccessfully to have a child for 12 years.
"Then out of the blue my wife announced she was pregnant," Mr Woodford said.
"So Christmas this year is extra special with all the grandparents coming to see our little miracle girl."
As for little Isabella, she's already got her four front teeth for Christmas.
"We'll be giving her all the learning and development educational toys and her grandparents will just be spoiling her rotten," said Mr Woodford.
With Christmas just six days away shoppers are out in full force.
At the Farmers' Market at Lismore Showgrounds, stall owners Kylie and Stephen Cridland will be hosting 35 people for Christmas lunch.
Each year they open up their home to all the people in their neighbourhood who don't have a family to be with at Christmas.
"We'll be having ham and eggs, pancakes and some local cheeses for breakfast," said Ms Cridland.
A visit to Santa is always high on the priority list for children.
At Lismore Shopping Square Nicole Mathias from Richmond Hill and her children Jackson 10 and Kayla 6 waited in a long line of excited children and parents to sit on Santa's knee.
Jackson was super-excited about the presents at Christmas but his first wish to Santa was going to be that everyone just had a really good time this year
"Santa was really nice but I was a bit shy talking to him because I'm so excited to see him," he said.
"I usually wake up about 6am but I can't unwrap any presents until the rest of the family gets up."
Also visiting Santa were 19-year-old Cyan Taylor and her siblings Tayah 2 and Ash 5 along with their cousin Steve Berry 12.
Cyan will be heading up to Brisbane for a massive traditional roasted Christmas lunch.
"Mum will also be doing her famous rum balls for desert," she said.
"They are pretty potent."