Carly Flynn & Fred­die

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FAMILY -

Fred­die Flynn might be less than a year old, but he’s hold­ing the fate of the fam­ily Christ­mas in his wee chubby hands. It all comes down to just how mo­bile he’s go­ing to be by the time the 25th rolls around, laughs his mother, Ra­dioLive host and life­style guru Carly Flynn. “Whether he’s sit­ting there with his baubles, or try­ing to pull ev­ery­thing down from the tree, and eat­ing all the wrap­ping pa­per… that will de­cide the kind of Christ­mas we’re hav­ing.” This time last year, Carly, 39, her hus­band Dave and their two chil­dren, Tilly, seven, and Jude, five, were ex­cited by the prospect of an­other child join­ing the tight-knit fam­ily. “We were camp­ing with my brother and sis­ter-in-law at Man­gawhai, won­der­ing what next Christ­mas would bring, not know­ing who would be join­ing us,” Carly says. “And we’re de­lighted it’s Fred­die [who was born in March]. He’s such a lovely chubby bubby, a happy lit­tle thing.” There are a lot of young chil­dren in the ex­tended fam­ily now – “It’s sud­denly gone from zero to an explosion of kids!” – and the fes­tive sea­son is “a melt­ing pot” of both old tra­di­tions – a Christ­mas Day beach pic­nic, the Fi­jian fish dish kokoda as an en­trée – with new an­nual ac­tiv­i­ties. The Flynn’s Auck­land neigh­bour­hood has a fes­tive spirit all of its own; the fam­ily walk to pick up their Christ­mas tree from the nearby stand, and the lo­cal Ton­gan church holds a Christ­mas Eve ser­vice that’s par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for Carly. “It’s some­thing I cry at,” she says. “Be­cause we’ve got South Pa­cific his­tory in our fam­ily, with grow­ing up in Raro­tonga, and my nan be­ing from Fiji, I’m re­ally spoiled that even though we don’t live in ei­ther of those places, we’ve got the Ton­gan church com­mu­nity in our neigh­bour­hood.”

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