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Ac­tress MONNYE KUNUPI, 48, is sin­gle and lives in Al­ber­ton with her daugh­ter Tabby and niece Lebo, both 20.

Host or guest? Def­i­nitely guest. I dread en­ter­tain­ing, so if I can get away with host­ing only one event a year, I’m happy.

Fes­tive tra­di­tions? My friends and I do an an­nual Christ­mas week­end get­away with lots of food and wine – this is our 15th year. We usu­ally pick some­where close, like Ma­galies­burg. Be­tween the eight of us, I’m the lazi­est, so I’m only in charge of one dish – I make pota­toes.

Pa­per crowns – yes, or no? Ab­so­lutely! They’re com­pul­sory.

Tipple of choice? When I raise my glass to toast to the year that’s passed, it’s usu­ally filled with crisp Sau­vi­gnon Blanc.

Favourite Christ­mas treat? Those foil­cov­ered chocs are my weak­ness – I’ve eaten tons by the time Christ­mas ar­rives.

Christ­mas plans? I’m whisk­ing my niece and daugh­ter away just be­fore the 25th; to a place where we can en­joy pool­side cock­tails and lazy strolls. Then we’ll do a huge lunch with the fam­ily on Christ­mas Day – my mom has nine sib­lings, so there are many cousins and kids.

Fond­est Christ­mas mem­ory? My first Christ­mas with my daugh­ter. Chil­dren bring so much ex­cite­ment to the day.

Get­ting-ready time? Thirty min­utes if it’s just me at home. If my daugh­ter’s there, it’s twice as long be­cause she has me chang­ing out­fits 10 times and do­ing my eye­brows with a fancy kit. I take her ad­vice though; she’s trendier than me.

Top of your playlist? I in­her­ited my dad’s love of the sax­o­phone – that sound puts me in a fes­tive mood. Donny Hath­away’s

Giv­ing Up has an amaz­ing sax solo.

Monnye stars in The Throne, on from Mon­day to Thurs­day at 7pm on Mzansi Magic, Dstv chan­nel 161.

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