Christ­mas at home

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This is the first time in 30 years that the Cham­bers fam­ily will cel­e­brate Christ­mas be­tween four walls and not in a car­a­van in Stil­baai! Whereas Se­rina pre­vi­ously cooked ev­ery­thing from a leg of lamb and gam­mon to roast pota­toes and sweet pota­toes on a two-plate stove, this year she has the lux­ury of a well-equipped kitchen.

“For me, Christ­mas is a Chris­tian cel­e­bra­tion that’s all about fam­ily time,” says Se­rina. “I’m not a fan of a ‘bling’ Christ­mas, although a Christ­mas tree and gifts are part of our cel­e­bra­tions. As a child, I al­ways loved the fes­tive pine tree in my granny’s beach house in Klein­mond. The smell of a pine tree still brings back all those me­mories and I’d like to cre­ate sim­i­lar me­mories with my own grand­chil­dren. So we have our own one this year!”

Their fes­tive tree dec­o­ra­tions in­clude bows and lace an­gels made by Se­rina’s sis­ter, es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion.

Although Eu­gene and Se­rina stay in On­rus­riv­ier four days a week and in Cape Town three days a week, they plan to make their home on the Whale Coast per­ma­nent in the near fu­ture.

And watch this space: there’s sure to be a Nerf-Af store open­ing its doors in town!

Se­rina in­her­ited the blue arm­chair with its orig­i­nal uphol­stery from her mother, Mary. The French dis­play cabi­net be­hind it is an an­tique piece from Bel­gium. Dis­play cabi­net from Strand Trad­ing Post The blue wicker chairs were orig­i­nally green; Eu­gene painted them with An­nie Sloan paint and fin­ished them with a glossy sealant. Se­rina says the blue adds a lovely sea­side feel while the wicker cre­ates a homely at­mo­sphere.

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