A time to re­lax and re­flect

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Christmas -

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett is fresh from host­ing Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Corn­wall, at the Cottes­loe Civic Cen­tre.

He’s look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some time at the beach and play­ing ten­nis dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. What does Christ­mas mean to you? Given how busy life can be, I like to spend as much time as pos­si­ble with my fam­ily at Christ­mas. I also use the time to re­flect on the year that has passed and what lies ahead.

I find this is also an op­por­tu­nity to con­tem­plate our Chris­tian val­ues. Sum­mer time for us is al­ways spent at the beach with the dog and play­ing as much ten­nis as I can. What is your Christ­mas Day tra­di­tion? With four sons, their wives and girl­friends now in the fam­ily, we have a Christ­mas Eve tra­di­tion and this year it is with my sis­ter Lor­raine and other ex­tended fam­ily.

There will be five grand­chil­dren all about three years of age, so it will very much be a chil­dren’s party and I am ex­pect­ing a mad house. What does your Christ­mas Day menu in­clude? Lyn is plan­ning a chil­dren’s menu for ev­ery­one, so I am look­ing for­ward to that. Your Christ­mas wish for 2015? For ev­ery­one to have a safe and happy Christ­mas with their loved ones.

Best Christ­mas present you have re­ceived or given?

The best present I have given is the Christ­mas gi­raffe I gave to Lyn a num­ber of years ago. I don’t think Lyn par­tic­u­larly likes it, in fact she al­ways asks, “tell me Colin, what role does a gi­raffe play at Christ­mas?”. But it still comes out ev­ery year.

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