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+ What is your favourite fam­ily Christ­mas tra­di­tion? It’s not a Christ­mas tra­di­tion but ev­ery New Year the Dutch tra­di­tion is ‘oliebollen’ or deep-fried dough­nuts. Ben’s baby sis­ter, So­phie, spends the bulk of New Year’s Eve mak­ing these on the bar­be­cue, all with dif­fer­ent fill­ings, to feed the en­tire fam­ily who con­gre­gate at my in-laws’ bach in Whanga­mata for sev­eral weeks.

+ What is the most mem­o­rable Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve had in your home? It’s not ex­actly a mem­ory but it is a mile­stone: as we have moved houses so of­ten over the past 10 years this is of­fi­cially the first time ever that we’ll be spend­ing a sec­ond Christ­mas in the same house!

+ Who dec­o­rates the tree in your home? Me!

The chil­dren are rel­e­gated to hand­ing me the dec­o­ra­tions… I have to have it just per­fect.

+ How will your fam­ily be spend­ing Christ­mas Day this year? Christ­mas morn­ing is spent open­ing the vast ar­ray of presents un­der the tree and usu­ally hav­ing break­fast with the neigh­bours. Around lunchtime we do the drive to Whanga­mata where we have Christ­mas din­ner with Ben’s fam­ily.

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