How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
This year I’ll be hosting my parents and my mother-in-law at my place in Auckland, then for the first time ever we’ll be travelling on Christmas Day to the Coromandel.
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Adding to the Christmas traditions I’ve started with my kids such as the movies on Christmas Eve, what we put out for Santa and seeing their delight at decorating the tree and opening presents.
What’s your décor style for Christmas?
I’m all-out festive, and passionately so. I think there’s a time and place to be minimalist but Christmas isn’t one of those. As someone who loves pretty sparkly things it’s a great excuse to go all out. I also like to stick with traditional colours too – red, green, gold and silver.
Would your family say you were easy or difficult to buy presents for?
I think they’d say I was pretty easy. I think I’m at the stage of life where we’re really nesting so anything for the home is always an easy option!
Anything on your wish list this year?
I just pointed out a super cute Dylan Kain tote bag I love to my husband! Hint hint…
Christmas shopping – early bird or last minute?
I’m a mixture of both … I start in October, but I’m always still going on Christmas Eve. It’s not Christmas for me unless I’m a wee bit stressed!
Time: Christmas Eve. The kids are so full of anticipation, there’s a buzz about town, and you’re putting the finishing touches on your plans for the next day – such excitement!
Dinner: I can’t go past roast turkey. It has to be done in good brine though to make sure it isn’t too dry. I love turkey at Christmas because I don’t eat it the rest of the year, so it feels special.
Dessert: Trifle. I made a huge raspberry and white chocolate one last year and it was delicious!
Childhood memory: Waiting patiently, full of anticipation in front of the Christmas tree for my Dad to come in from the milking shed so we could open our presents.
Movie: Home Alone. We watched it as kids every year, and now it doesn’t feel like Christmas at my place unless we’ve watched it.
Any plans for New Year’s Eve?
We’ll be in New Plymouth, and I’ll be celebrating with some of my oldest school things while Mum and Dad babysit the kids (hopefully).
What smell signifies summer for you?
Fresh cut grass.
At Christmas it will definitely be Michael Bublé. Over summer it will be old school, a bit of Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees.
What summer holiday plans do you have?
We are very well planned out to make the most of our leave! We’ll be in the Coromandel, Taranaki and north of Auckland.