‘THE KIDS LOVE LOUD CRACK­ERS’

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Ac­tor DUN­CAN JOHN­SON, 53, lives in Joburg’s West Rand. He has a teenage son from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship.

Host or guest? My five sis­ters take turns to host the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties, so I’m the guest. I usu­ally help with dec­o­ra­tions.

Fes­tive tra­di­tions? The whole fam­ily gets to­gether in Cape Town – about 25 of us. We’re seven chil­dren, and we’ve all got kids. At our dos, ev­ery­one talks at once and there’s food to feed an army. Imag­ine those loud Ital­ian fam­i­lies you see in films – that’s ex­actly how we are.

What’s on the menu? We go for va­ri­ety, so there’ll be meat and veg­gie dishes, plus biryani curry and loads of desserts.

Big cel­e­bra­tion mo­ment? We share a toast at lunch on Christ­mas Day, and the kids fol­low this with noisy crack­ers.

Pa­per crowns – yes, or no? Sadly, no. Even though we love the crack­ers, no one wears the hats – go fig­ure.

Top of your playlist? Ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional car­ols and Wham!’s Last

Christ­mas to my favourite, Boney M.

Catch Dun­can in The Docket, on ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 9.30pm on SABC 3, Dstv chan­nel 193. w&h

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