Erin Conroy & Guy

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FAMILY -

By fate and good luck – and by meet­ing al­most 20 years ago – Seven Sharp re­porter Erin Conroy and her fi­ancé Nick Mo­lin­eaux have avoided the lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare that be­falls many cou­ples on Christ­mas Day. Be­cause both sets of par­ents come from the Motueka area in Nel­son, all the grand­par­ents will be able to join in on lit­tle Guy’s first Christ­mas. For most of Erin’s life, Christ­mas has fol­lowed the same “full noise sum­mer­time” sched­ule. There’s a big break­fast at home, then the whole fam­ily too­tles on down to ei­ther the Motueka River, or Kai­teri­teri Beach, to laze around in the sun. “Ev­ery­body brings food and all the fam­i­lies have a pic­nic,” the 36-year-old says. “The day just dis­ap­pears: swim­ming, eat­ing, swim­ming, eat­ing, and then col­laps­ing on the couch and watch­ing what­ever cheesy rom-com hap­pens to be on the TV. Who doesn’t love a lit­tle Love, Ac­tu­ally ev­ery sin­gle Christ­mas?” Keep­ing the fes­tive pe­riod as low-key and fam­ily ori­en­tated as pos­si­ble is one of the tra­di­tions Erin hopes to pass along to Guy, who will turn one in Jan­uary. It’s also a les­son she’s try­ing to keep in mind for her own Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence this year, as a first-time mum. “You have to man­age your own ex­pec­ta­tions, be­cause you might make this great ef­fort and they might be ho-hum about it,” she laughs. “Be­ing un­der a year old, it could be a reg­u­lar old day for him. But it will be very ex­cit­ing to see what he makes of it all!”

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