“My son’s com­ing home. That’s huge!”

Lynn Smith lives in Coogee Bay, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, with hus­band Al­lan and son Liam, 20

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Al­lan starts the day with a bike ride while I have a bit of a lie in. We open our gifts and I make ba­con and egg butties. Then the boys go for a swim on the beach. We al­ways spend Christ­mas day with our friends Daryl and Sharon – we’ve been friends for 20 years, since our chil­dren were small. We might pop down to the beach be­fore­hand and just sit in the sun.

We take a few dishes with us and gen­er­ally eat out­side. I do a potato bake and maybe a salad. Daryl loves to cook prawns on the bar­be­cue. No one re­ally dresses up for Xmas – I’ll be wear­ing shorts, a T-shirt and flip flops. Once, Al­lan had been watch­ing Jamie Oliver cook­ing a whole fish on the bar­be­cue. Jamie cov­ered the fish with salt. Al­lan tried it but ob­vi­ously didn’t use the same type of salt as Jamie. It was a com­plete dis­as­ter! We ate a lot of potato salad that year…

I work as a re­cep­tion­ist at a med­i­cal cen­tre and usu­ally work half days through the hol­i­day as we aim to stay open. This year my el­der son

Aaron (22) is com­ing home from South Africa, where he’s worked for five years. That’s huge, so I’m go­ing to be off to spend time with him and his girl­friend. I’ve never met her, but I can’t wait – we’ve spo­ken on the phone and she sounds lovely!

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