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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Some traditions are passed down generations, while others are newly created.

To celebrate the Christmas spirit we asked around the office to see what traditions we have passed down and what new traditions had been made with their kids.

 

Keeley O’Connor

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
Loathe. This adulting is hard work, shopping, cooking, and cleaning – no rest or public holidays for us on Chrissy day. Give me a day at the beach with ham sandwiches and champers over all the fuss. (Mind you I do love the time off with the family!)

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
I love all the tunes on Boney M’s Christmas album.

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
If I don’t have to cook and there is air condition, hot. Although since living in Australia I do love indulging in fresh prawns and fruity cocktails.

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
We open one present early on Christmas Eve and the kids get new pjs. Plus each year you’ll find egg nog and quality street chocolates in my shopping trolley.

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
We have been camping the last few years over Christmas (I guess that’s a tradition in itself) and we make our own Christmas tree with driftwood collected from the beach. You can’t forget to binge on holiday movies with the family …Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf and Christmas Vacation are some of our faves!

 

Belinda Glindemann

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
I love, Love, LOVE it!

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
Jingle Bells #becausebells #wellBeltobeprecise

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
A mix of all three. We have spent our Christmas Day on Stradbroke Island for the past five years and will be back there again this year. So it’s a case of mixing the amazing local Straddie seafood with some traditional warm Christmas meats and, of course, a little bit of liquid sustenance for a hot summer’s day!

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
You can’t have a Glindemann Christmas lunch without dumb bon bon jokes and ill-fitting paper crowns. I’ve ‘enjoyed’ that tradition for four decades!

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
My oldest daughter wanted a little Christmas tree for her bedroom this year so I bought her her very first tree ornament and promised to continue to buy her one special one every year moving forward. She’ll have quite the collection by the time she’s putting up a tree with her own littlies one day.

 

Bec Watts

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
Love!! I love to shop, so that is my favourite part by far!

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
I am partial to a bit of Frank Sinatra & Buble at Christmas time, no favourite carol as such though! Last year my daughter sang Carol of the Bells with her class and that has left a beautiful memory of Christmas with the family.

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
All of the above please – all day long! I love the simplicity of a cold Christmas lunch; the prawn cocktails, the Christmas ham and the trifle, all with a glass of wine in hand!

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
The tree doesn’t go up until the 1st of December, and comes down on the 31st. And bon bons for lunch will never fade as an old tradition!

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
Santa photos (still at age 9 and 6) are a big tradition for my little ones. Oh, and we’re 5 years running with Elf on the Shelf… (and breathe…)

 

Emma Mardaine

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
Love Christmas although coming from the Uk it’s a lot different and not as festive for me, Can’t beat a white Xmas

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
Drummer boy – David Bowie

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
All of the above, but do love a good traditional roast xmas dinner with all the trimmings and has to be Yorkshire puddings too, love a bucks fizz (mimosa) whilst preparing the family feast

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
Christmas stocking on the end of the bed, gives me an extra half hour in bed whilst they open what’s in there.

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
We all walk to a neighbours cul-de-sac on xmas eve and the whole street has candles in paper bags all along the street, the xmas lights are incredible and we have nibbles and drinks with all the neighbours and the kids have a great time playing, we even get a visit from santa on the back of a ute. It tires them out so they crash as soon as they hit the pillow.

 

Anastasia White

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
I started my Christmas shopping in early November so, yeah… I love it. A lot.

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ (the Mariah Carey version, obviously) or ‘Silent Night’ – and honestly everything in between.

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
All three! While I can’t eat the Christmas ham anymore – being a vegetarian really makes Christmas lunch tricky – I’m partial to a bit (a lot) of potato bake, a fresh salad and some roast veggies. All washed down with some festive Pimm’s or our ‘secret recipe’ family punch.

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
I’m at least 5 years off even starting to think about having kids, but there are tons of traditions that have been passed on to me by my parents. Some cherished Christmas relics are the beautifully embroidered (and always jam-packed) Santa sacks that my sister’s and I have been pulling presents out of every year since we were little.

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
My cousins and I have started a tradition of our own that I’d love to pass on to my future children. Much to the behest of my mum and her three sisters, who decided that gingerbread houses should become a permanent fixture on our Christmas lunch menu, we offspring take it upon ourselves to destroy them in creative and – to us, at least – hilarious ways. The Greeks smash plates, we pummel gingerbread houses – for no reason other than because it’s fun. Many years and as many destroyed gingerbread houses later, our gingerbread house privilege has been revoked. When I have kids, I’d love to bring it back. Nothing bonds cousins like some good, old-fashioned gingerbread house annihilation.

 

Katy Ferguson

Do you love or loathe Christmas?
Love!

What is your favourite Christmas carol?
All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey.

Hot, cold or liquid Christmas lunch?
Hot English style with yorkshire pudding. But these days is more about the frozen margaritas!

What are some old Christmas traditions you have passed on to your kids?
Christmas crackers, corny carols, travelling as far as required to find the best lights, santa photos, and as much chocolate as you want!

What are some new Christmas traditions you have made with them?
We have made new traditions which suit our lifestyle like spending Christmas with lots of friends camping, the more the merrier at Christmas time. Friends are family.

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