WE CEL­E­BRATE THE SEA­SON WITH: Sam Army­tage, Cur­tis Stone, Mel Doyle, So­nia Kruger, Jes­sica Rowe and David Camp­bell

Some fa­mil­iar faces share their fond­est and fun­ni­est fes­tive mem­o­ries. Tiffany Dunk passes the tin­sel.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents -

Jes­sica Rowe, Pe­ter Over­ton, Al­le­gra & Giselle

Jes­sica Rowe knows how to play to her strengths. The TV pre­sen­ter and self-con­fessed “crap house­wife” leaves the cook­ing to her ex­tended fam­ily when it comes to Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions, pre­fer­ring in­stead to fo­cus on the im­por­tant thing – the trim­mings. “I love a theme,” Jes­sica, 48, grins. “We dress up our three cats, we have a fan­tas­tic talk­ing rein­deer that sings car­ols when­ever you walk past. The girls (Giselle, eight, and Al­le­gra, 11) and I do the tree. I’ll put on antlers and we’ve got great glasses with Chrissy trees or ‘Ho Ho Ho’ writ­ten on top of them.” “Hon­estly, you should see our house,” chips in Giselle. “When­ever I go to other peo­ple’s houses they have match­ing dec­o­ra­tions. But we have every­thing.” The rest of Christ­mas will be sim­ple and built to hon­our the bonds that tie them all to­gether. “Fam­ily is the most im­por­tant thing in our lives,” says Jes­sica’s hus­band, jour­nal­ist Pe­ter Over­ton, 52. “And it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we all come to­gether, not just at Christ­mas but as reg­u­larly as we can.”

“I’m so con­scious Christ­mas can be a stress­ful time for a lot of peo­ple be­cause of the ex­pec­ta­tions put on it,” adds Jes­sica. “What mat­ters most is be­ing with peo­ple who love and un­der­stand you best. It doesn’t have to be the tra­di­tional idea of fam­ily, it can be friends or other peo­ple.”

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FROM LEFT: AL­LE­GRA WEARS C/MEO COL­LEC­TIVEDRESS AND ZARA SHOES; GISELLE WEARS KEEP­SAKE DRESS; PETE WEARS ASOS SWEATER, TRENERY SHIRTAND JEANS; JES­SICA WEARS STEVEN KHALIL GOWNAND VIN­TAGE CLOTH­ING SHOP APRON. HAIR & MAKE-UP: NICOLA JOHN­SON. PROP STYLING: TIA PEN­NEY. LORENZ SCREEN AND CRESENCE DIN­ING CHAIRS, FROM VALIANT, VALIANT.COM.AU. WHITE BA­SICS RANGE DINNERWARE FROM MAXWELL & WIL­LIAMS AT MYER. NAPERY AND CHO­CO­LATES, FROM SPOT­LIGHT. OTHER GLASS­WARE AND PROPS, STYLIST’S OWN. PAINT IN EN­GINE ROOMRED FROM PORTER’S PAINTS.

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