How does your family celebrate Christmas and get it all running smoothly?
We delegate and keep it simple. When we get together with extended family for Christmas lunch, we all bring a plate so the host family doesn’t have a huge job to do. With gifts, we do a Kris Kringle and we set a budget. It can be stressful buying gifts if you have a large family like mine so this makes it easy for everyone.
What’s a typical Christmas Day like for your family?
It starts with waking up on Christmas morning and running out to see if Santa has had his milk and biscuits, and if the reindeer have eaten the carrots. Then we open presents under the tree and in the stockings, get dressed and race across to the extended family.
We have a firm tradition of playing my uncle’s favourite song ‘How To Make Gravy” by Paul Kelly on repeat really loudly throughout the day. He used to put it on to wake us up as kids. We haven’t gotten sick of it yet!
Lunch is the main celebration where we do the Kris Kringle and hang out. We also get a homemade or store-bought gingerbread house to smash and eat. This was our childhood tradition that we’ve now passed on to our kids.
On Christmas night, we’ll have a small intimate dinner around a seafood platter. It’s all very relaxed. The next day we’ll go to the country and start our holiday. We spend at least a week there relaxing. That’s what you need straight after a big celebration.