Model (right), with her sister, Margarita (left), and her mum, Zane
2016 was an amazing year for me. I took as many weekends away from work as I could: Iceland, Tenerife, Prague and California. So many little holidays. I really feel fulfilled this year. I tried to think of myself and what I actually wanted to do, and just did it. I’m focusing on spending money on experiences rather than material things.
I love Christmas. I think it’s the one time of year where you just spend it with your family and the people really close to you; the people that mean the most to you.
I don’t enjoy the extreme build-up to Christmas, the commercial side of it. That side of Christmas bothers me a little bit. In my family, we never really worry about presents we get each other little things. But a card that someone’s made for me — I remember those things for life.
So, in our family, we just get together and spend our time together. Myself and my brother live in Dublin, and my Mum and my sister live in Wexford, so we don’t see each other that often. Christmas is our time together. We make a nice dinner — well, actually, we just have food all day long . . . all week long. And have that time together whether we’re watching movies, or doing some art together, or just doing absolutely nothing. It’s so homely.
One of my favourite things about Christmas is when it’s cold outside and we are all cosy inside, and not having to go to work. We spend most of the day in our pyjamas, but then, for Christmas dinner, we would get a little bit dressed up, and have loads of dishes.
In Latvia, where I’m from, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, so on the 24 th, in the evening, that’s when we have the Christmas dinner. It’s not much different, but we do have a tradition. When we were younger, on Christmas Eve, we’d have our gifts under the tree, and then we’d each have to sing a Christmas song to get our presents. So we’d have to sing a song and then we’d get our gift, and we still do. Christmas Day for us, it’s just lounging, relaxing, eating and more eating.
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