SMALL TALK

Leesa Bow Portrait (small)

 

Leesa Bow

 

What’s a typical Christmas celebration for you?
On Christmas Eve we all go to church and then head back to my Mum’s to decorate the dining room. Christmas is at my parent’s house with my aunt and her family, my sister’s family, and my family. Approximately 20 of us get together. If it’s extremely hot we will have seafood. Although I love all food oysters is my favourite. Generally on Christmas day lunch consists of roast lamb, pork, and chicken. We have a variety of vegetables and salads. Dessert is traditional Christmas pudding and custard, pavlova, Christmas ice-cream, and fruit salad.

 

Do you have (now or as a child) a favourite Christmas tradition?
For many years my four daughters would choreograph a dance routine to a mix of songs and have a Christmas outfit. I was disappointed when the eldest stopped at 17 saying she was getting too old to do it.

 

Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
My family are big dessert eaters so my mother always makes a pavlova and my father insists on Christmas pudding and custard. I make a special ice-cream where I remove the ice-cream from the container and place it in a bowl. Then I crush Mars, Snickers, Peppermint Crisp, Crunchie, and Cherry Ripe bars and stir into the ice-cream. Finally I mix through a tin of Nestle caramel. Place the ice-cream back in the freezer and you have Christmas ice-cream.

 

Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
A Mark Jacob’s watch.

 

Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Drink lots of water and be active at  some point of the day.

 

 

 

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Nicole Flockton

 

What’s a typical Christmas celebration for you?
Christmas is so different for me now that we’ve moved to Houston Tx and don’t spend the day with family. It’s kind of lost it’s specialness. Before we moved it was all about family. Breakfast at my aunty’s house with my aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. Then it was off to one of my family members house for present opening and lunch. Then usually back to our place where we’d cook dinner for my husband’s mum. Now we tend to travel places. We did Colorado one year for a white Christmas and last year we drove to New Orleans on Christmas Day. This year we are looking at going to Walt Disney World in Florida. Even though these are fun, family adventures and places I wouldn’t get to see if we didn’t live here in the US. I do miss the extended family contact. It’s hard to break that 40 year habit.

 

Do you have (now or as a child) a favourite Christmas tradition?
The tradition would be breakfast with the extended family. When I was young it was at my dad’s mum’s house. Now that she’s passed my aunty took over. It’s a nice tradition and a way to see everyone on Christmas Day.

 

Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
You know we don’t have that one ‘family’ dish that gets served. My dad wasn’t a fan of Turkey so we’d always have chicken or beef. There was always a family story my mum used to tell of her aunty that always swallowed the coin that was put in the pudding. No matter how carefully everyone watched her eat it.

 

Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
I wouldn’t say a gift so much as a knock on the door and a surprise visit from family. That would certainly make one Christmas. LOL

 

Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Hmm I don’t think I have one. Except if it’s hot always wear a hat and drink water in between the beers or wine. LOL

 

 

 

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