CHRISTMAS WITH… Rhian Cahill
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
Like every year, we’ll start the day at our house with the kids that still live at home, then we’ll head to my in-laws where the family gathers for a day of too much food, too much drink and too much talk.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
We put our tree up at the beginning of December each year, it a command performance. If you’re not there then don’t expect to find pressies under that tree for you. Even with Son#1 & Lady-no-longer-waiting not living under our roof it’s still a tradition for all of us to put the tree up and decorate it together. It’s gotten hard to do each year with the kids growing up but so far we’ve managed. Our other tradition is Santa Sacks. And as much as I try, I can’t convince anyone to give those up. They lay them out under the tree on Christmas Eve and expect to find them overflowing Christmas morning. So far Santa hasn’t disappointed them.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
You know, it’s rare I want a particular present. I’m always good with whatever. Considering the only thing I ever really ask for are books and the tribe refused to buy them because they say those are ‘work’ it’s all I want and usually never get. I’m good for anything. Within reason of course. A new vacuum would NOT be welcome.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
These are both eaten at my in-laws and the table is usually weighed down with too much food. We do a mix of hot and cold foods for lunch and dinner. Actually, lunch takes so long is kinda rolls right on into dinner. In the middle of all that my in-laws string up the piñata. Each year they make one for the kids to line up and have a go at. The only way to get out of that line up is to add to it.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
Christmas Pudding. It’s Grandma Sinclair’s recipe and we still have the coins that used to be cooked in the pudding but now we stick them into the slices as they’re handed out. Grandma used to have a bag of 50c pieces to exchange for them. I’m not sure who does that now but one of the cousins is now responsible for making the pudding.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Stay cool. Being summer the usual frayed tempers of the silly season are often magnified by the heat. Stay cool.
What will you be reading this Christmas?
As many of the books I’ve collected during the year as I can. Although, I’ve got a deadline so this year’s reading is likely to be minimal. L
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
Seeing Son#1 & Lady-no-longer-waiting get married. One of the best moments of my life so far. So proud of both of them.
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
Write more books. Spend more time with Mr.C. Simplify life. Cut out the stuff that isn’t really important.
A Kiss from Kringle
For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways.
Leah Ward didn’t start the day intending to be an elf in Santa’s Village, but to help her sister she’d do anything, including an impersonation and squeezing into a too-tight elf suit. But Leah didn’t count on the boss discovering her deception – or that he’d be enchanted by it. She certainly didn’t count on Chris deciding all his future kisses would belong to her.
A firm believer in Christmas magic, Chris knows the sparks that fly when he meets Leah are the once-in-a-lifetime kind, and he sees no point in wasting any time. All he has to do is convince a soft-hearted cynic that all magic is real – and that Christmas magic is the most powerful of all.
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