The Gannons prepare for Christmas by decorating their tree with ornaments collected from around the world. “The 25th is an all-day affair for up to 30,” says Charissa. After a celebratory lunch, guests traditionally play Dirty Santa, a spin on Kris Kringle. “We put wrapped gifts in a circle. Everyone draws a number and then, in numerical order, has the option of choosing a gift from the circle or taking someone else’s opened gift!”
LIVING ROOM The ethanol fireplace platform is put to good use all year round. Vitrocsa large-format sliding doors create a smooth indoor-outdoor flow. Coffee table and rug, GlobeWest. Cushion in velvet ikat (on armchair) from Westbury Textiles. Faux spruce Christmas tree, Balsam Hill. Tree ornaments, Myer, Ivory House and Balsam Hill. Small trees, Papaya (on console) and Albi (coffee table). ‘Albo’ wooden bowls with metal interiors, L&M Home. ‘Marc’ star ornament (on coffee table), Ivory House. Custom artwork by Ingrid Bowen, Saint Cloche.Designer buy: ‘Axiom’ chair, $1085, GlobeWest.