‘WE’LL BE CELEBRATING WITH BOTH OUR FAMILIES FOR THE FIRST TIME’
NICOLE SMITH, 32, lives with her partner, Warren Le Grange, 37, in Linden. She works in advertising.
“Since falling pregnant a few months ago, I’ve been thinking about family so much more, and how there’s no season that highlights the importance of spending time with your loved ones quite like Christmas does.
Traditions are important over the festive season, too, and they really tie into the theme of family, since they’re passed down from one generation to the next. I’ve always associated my family’s small and intimate Christmas parties with the smell of gammon fresh out of the oven, the sound of carols tinkling merrily in the background... and, of course, the inevitable argument over the last slice of pudding! That’s how we celebrate in our house. Last year brought a change of pace, though, as I was invited to join Warren and his family over Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, we all pitched in to clear out a large space in his home, filling it with chairs and tables that would host up to 30 family members – it would be a grand celebration! Rows of colourful tinsel and sparkling fairy lights were pinned up to set the magical scene and, on the actual day, Warren’s mom and stepdad couldn’t wait to give me a taste of everything on their Christmas menu, from paella and deep-fried prawns to fish-curry potjie and roast gammon. My family and I stu stockings every year with small gifts and sweets, and I really enjoyed making a few for the Le Granges. I also managed to rope Warren’s family into exchanging gifts through a kind of rae, where whoever’s up next can either take the gift they win or exchange it for something someone else has already claimed. Last year’s great backand-forth battle was for a pair of emoji slippers. Unfortunately, neither Warren nor I made the cut! It was wonderful receiving such a warm welcome from Warren’s family, and I can’t wait for our two clans to celebrate together. This year, my family is heading to Cape Town to join me at Warren’s folks’ place for the festivities. It’s going to be an incredible melting pot of festive customs, with a fantastic fusion of food and bustling conversation. I’m sure we’ll also meet a new contender in the fight for that elusive last slice of dessert.
Having both experienced such joy over the years celebrating with our own families, Warren and I are really looking forward to coming up with our own Christmas traditions to pass down one day. And it’s crazy to think that, by this time next year, we’ll have a new addition to the family – our very own little Christmas miracle to cherish.” w&h
‘We’re excited to create our own festive traditions’