CHRISTMAS OUR WAY!

December 8, 2017

 

There’s nothing like the festive season for bringing families and friends together. Whether it’s a barbecue by the beach or gathering around a dinner table laden with all the treats and trimmings, everyone celebrates Christmas in their own special way.
intouch Magazine has taken a sneak peek behind the Santa stockings of a couple of our region’s most well-known residents to find out just how they plan on celebrating this Christmas.

 Natasha, Brett, Campbell (13) and Tilly (11)

NATASHA BEYERSDORF
– NBN News

 

Where do you celebrate Christmas and who do you celebrate with? What is a traditional “normal” Christmas Day for you? We live away from our extended family so Christmas can be anywhere from the bush town of Uralla in northern NSW, to sunny Queensland in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. The past few years we've spent at home in Newcastle, which has been lovely and relaxed without all the travel. The only Christmas rule is that EVERYONE must rise early to unwrap presents - no sleeping in!


Turkey, Ham or Seafood? What’s your go-to Christmas Feast? What’s your ultimate Christmas indulgence? We tend to do seafood for lunch then the big baked dinner with turkey, ham, chicken and all the trimmings. My mum and aunt are expert pavlova makers, so that is
always on the menu - it just isn't Christmas without it!


Do you have any particular family Christmas traditions? A Christmas tradition we've embraced is decorating the tree as a family on December 1. We listen to Michael Bublé and sometimes a little bit of Glee, while there's a free-for-all whacking ornaments onto the tree. It's better now that the kids are a bit older (and taller) and makes for a more balanced out effect! The other (less fun) tradition that's emerged is that I take down the tree by myself...


What’s your a) most special or b) craziest (you choose) Christmas Memory? Brett and I had a funny Christmas when our son Campbell was just a baby, and we decided just to stay at home by ourselves. We were so excited and felt very grown-up until we realised we'd forgotten to buy the signature pistachios and cranberries for our special turkey lunch. Being an adult can be tough at Christmas!


If you could make any changes to Christmas what would they be? I love it just the way it is.

 

If you could invite one extra guest (dead or alive) to Christmas lunch this year, who would it be and why? I'd invite Bing Crosby to sing White Christmas, over and over...


Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How’d you go? Will you be making any for 2018 and what are they? I'm sure I made resolutions this year, but I don't have a clue what they were! Maybe it's time to resolve to make no more resolutions... that should work.

 

LAWRIE MCKINNA

– CEO Newcastle Jets

 

Where do you celebrate Christmas and who do you celebrate with? What is a traditional “normal” Christmas Day for you? With family and this year, we will have my wife's sister Sally and husband Jim spending time with myself and Christine and our sons and two grandsons. We will celebrate Christmas at our house in Terrigal and not Newcastle due to us living in a two bedroom flat in Newcastle, and we have more room in Terrigal.


Turkey, Ham or Seafood? What’s your go-to Christmas Feast? What’s your ultimate Christmas indulgence? Being Scottish born and brought up very traditional, our Christmas meal includes turkey and ham but no seafood!


Do you have any particular family Christmas traditions? When we were kids we used to write Santa our Christmas list, and we would go to the coal fire and throw it in, and the burst paper would go up the
chimney, and my parents would tell me Santas helpers were on the roof waiting for the paper to take to Santas workshop.


What’s your a) most special or b) craziest (you choose) Christmas Memory? Our first Christmas in Australia was in 1986 in Melbourne. It was 36 degrees, and Christine had made the traditional dinner with soup to start. She had made the Scottish Broth the night before, and with the heat, it went off! Then on Christmas Day, we had no air-con in the house, and it was seriously the worst Christmas ever.


If you could make any changes to Christmas what would they be? This year my wife went to get our Christmas cards and saw in a lot of shops that they never had Christmas cards. It was “Happy Holiday”
cards - which I don’t agree with. Its Christmas and if you don’t like it don’t celebrate it.


If you could invite one extra guest (dead or alive) to Christmas lunch this year, who would it be and why? Christine’s Mum Anne and my Dad (also Lawrie) have both passed on so it would be nice to have them join my mum and Christine's Dad for one last Christmas.

 

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How’d you go? Will you be making any for 2018 and what are they? I probably did but can’t remember and I probably will, and I will forget again!

JACK & JACKIE NEWTON

– Golf Legend & his extended family

 

Where do you celebrate Christmas and who do you celebrate with? What is a traditional “normal” Christmas Day for you? Jack growing up used to always go up to Lake Macquarie with his family and spend it with his grandparents and relatives around the lake and Caves Beach. When I came from London, I spent my first hot Christmas with them at the lake, up till then in London growing up we had a cold, snowy Christmas with a log fire always at our family home. Then when we got married, we always had Christmas at our home in the Lake Macquarie area, and all Jack’s family would come and stay with us. We still do that with our children and now grandchildren, but we have to share our daughter Kristie with her husband Ben’s family every other year.


Turkey, Ham or Seafood? What’s your go-to Christmas Feast? What’s your ultimate Christmas indulgence? We have always had traditional turkey/pork with hot late lunch after a late champagne breakfast after opening the stockings and Christmas presents around the Christmas tree and always indulge in Christmas Pudding. Jack’s Mum always made the pudding with her special white sauce (which she gave me the recipe for), but since she has since passed on, we now have a beautiful one I buy from the ladies at Adamstown Church every year Yum!! We have always had a table of seafood and cold leg ham for Boxing Day.


Do you have any particular family Christmas traditions? Jack used to with his Grandmother, they used to have giblet soup in the morning for breakfast! I love most offal, but I can’t cope with giblet soup on Christmas Day, so I had to put a stop to that! Otherwise very traditional in every way, it’s also nice to carry the good old traditions on for the grandchildren.


What’s your a) most special or b) craziest (you choose) Christmas Memory? If you could make any changes to Christmas what would they be? The most special for us now is seeing all the grandchildren leaving their stocking at our log fire chimney with a beer and cookie for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer on Christmas Eve and then the excited sounds in the morning from them all to see Santa had been, that has to be the best. For Jack, I think it has to be the giblet soup!! But for me, growing up in London, I always loved it when I got out of bed and pulled the curtains back to see if we were lucky to have a white Christmas. Also with my two brothers, we would always go Carol singing along the road where we lived which was great fun, and we must have been okay as we never had buckets of water thrown out the window on us!


If you could invite one extra guest (dead or alive) to Christmas lunch this year, who would it be and why? The extra guest would have to be three – Jack’s Dear Mum and Dad and my dear Mother, we miss them so very much but know they are looking down on us and enjoying it as well.


Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How’d you go? Will you be making any for 2018 and what are they? Jack's was to lose weight to help his Diabetes and eat well. In 2018 it's to try and improve his golf. For me last year was to make sure I caught up with friends you always promise to catch up with but never do, and I did it! Yay! For 2018, I would like to start Yoga – we need to stretch more now we are older! Also, we have promised ourselves a river cruise down the Rhine for my 70th Birthday next year.

 Justine, Jason (partner) and daughter Lily

JUSTINE GAUDRY
– Founder of The Olive Tree Market

 

Where do you celebrate Christmas and who do you celebrate with? What is a traditional “normal” Christmas Day for you? Its changed a lot over the years. In the past its always been a big event with extended family, friends, orphans, ring-ins, wives, ex-wives. Eclectic would be a good word! Basically, a day that developed and had planned and unplanned elements. It's smaller these days as the older generation has passed away, cousins and siblings have moved far away and have to attend new family Christmases. This year will be special as my dad has pancreatic cancer and we didn't think he would still be with us this time last year, so that's something to celebrate and be grateful for.


Turkey, Ham or Seafood? What’s your go-to Christmas Feast? What’s your ultimate Christmas indulgence? At our house, there is all of the above, and usually vegetarian as well as one side of our family are all vegetarian. The vego dishes are often my favourite part, my uncle's dishes, and my dad's turkey which my partner Jason has now taken over. The indulgence was my Nana's pudding, and now she has gone, Pudding Lane's Pudding from Olive Tree and chocolate of course!


Do you have any particular family Christmas traditions? For me, I try and buy everything handmade. That's meaningful for me as I know where the gifts are from, who made them and I've chosen unique gifts that I know will be different from mass-produced products. Before my Nana died, my favourite family tradition was my Nans Christmas gift which she always made for everyone in the family- we all got the same thing! The present was recycled strawberry punnets which she covered in recycled red-orange bags and then filled with nuts in their hard shells, liquorice all sorts and chocolates. Eccentric, but we all loved them!


What’s your a) most special or b) craziest (you choose) Christmas Memory? I loved Christmas in Norway where I lived in the late 1980's. They have so many traditions that are really beautiful. Picking a tree in the snow, dressing it as a family, singing traditional songs around the tree with the family while you decorate, and having Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than in the day as we have here. There is something magical about the whole experience and then skiing and skating the next day as a family on the lake where I lived. Very different to our often sweltering Christmas days and eating in the heat.


If you could make any changes to Christmas what would they be? The crazy level of consumerism that occurs particularly with imported throw away presents that won't last and are made with unethical practices. Also, although I'm not a Christian, I think that at this time of year there needs to be a lot more thought to people who are struggling both financially, mentally or are less fortunate than we may be. I think gifts that have a flow on effect and donations are important.


If you could invite one extra guest (dead or alive) to Christmas lunch this year, who would it be and why? Wow, that's hard! But it would probably be Tina Modotti. She was an Italian photographer, actress, revolutionary political activist and muse to photographer Edward Weston and member of the political avant-guard in Mexico in the compadre of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico in the 1920's. Thinking about it - my family is very politically minded so it could be an amazing day!


Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? How’d you go? Will you be making any for 2018 and what are they? Mmm. Let's say I'm not the best at keeping them resolutions! I do however choose a word for the year and try and manifest that particular feeling or desire for creating change on some personal level. I try and think of that throughout the year. Next year it is definitely trying to get more meditation and exercise into my lifestyle on a daily basis to help with my health which hasn't been great in 2017.

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