Christmas at home
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.