‘It’s my first Christ­mas as the host’

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Doing It Our Way -

He­len Maz­ibuko, 42, is host­ing Christ­mas at her new home for the first time this year. Her fam­ily is driv­ing in from out of town for the oc­ca­sion, and her in-laws will be join­ing, too. She owns a bak­ery and lives with her hus­band, Gugu, 44, and two sons, Nkaz­imulo, 11, and Fezile, nine.

“We usu­ally spend Christ­mas with Gugu’s fam­ily, and it can be a fairly manic aair. Last year, as we ar­rived at their home, the prepa­ra­tions for lunch were in full swing and they were in a flat panic – with over 15 adults and their chil­dren all ar­riv­ing in great fes­tive gusto, there was a lot go­ing on. Cater­ing to the hoards while re­main­ing jovial can be quite stress­ful.

By the time we sat down for lunch, ev­ery­one was a bit flus­tered and the fes­tive meal slipped by too quickly. Be­fore I could blink, I was in the car, head­ing home with our two boys asleep in the back. While it was, ad­mit­tedly, a busy day, it was still won­der­ful to have ev­ery­one to­gether, and there were mo­ments when I wished my own fam­ily could have been there – like when we placed the last an­gel on the tree, and when the kids burst with joy open­ing their presents. My fam­ily live in an­other prov­ince, so we don’t see them over the hol­i­days. I found my­self dream­ing of a Christ­mas with ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one. That’s why I’ll be do­ing things dier­ently this year by host­ing Christ­mas at our place. My mom, sis­ter and cousin will be driv­ing in on the 24th, and I’ve cleared my work sched­ule to al­low for enough time to get our house spick and span be­fore their ar­rival. Gugu’s fam­ily will also be join­ing us on the day – I think they de­serve a rest!

I’ve out­sourced the cook­ing to a very tal­ented chef who’ll be pre­par­ing a fes­tive lunch of gam­mon with all the trim­mings. It means more qual­ity fam­ily time for us and far less chaos in the kitchen. I’ll set up a ta­ble out­side un­der the trees, and there’ll be wa­ter slides and board games for the kids. I might even round them up to help dec­o­rate the tree and bake some cup­cakes, too. As is tra­di­tion, Gugu’s dad will lead our spe­cial prayer, be­fore we open presents. Then, af­ter lunch, we’ll un­wind in the gar­den. Be­cause I’m a baker,

I’ll be mak­ing fruit cakes for both fam­i­lies to show how much I love hav­ing them with us. To be with the most spe­cial peo­ple in my life at this time of year seems mag­i­cal.” >>

‘Hav­ing ev­ery­one over is my dream’

He­len’s plan­ning a fun-filled day with both sides of the fam­ily

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