REAL PEO­PLE How SA celebs are spend­ing Christ­mas

FROM FAVOURITE GO-TO CHRIST­MAS DISHES TO KITCHEN DIS­AS­TERS THEY’RE DE­TER­MINED TO AVOID THIS YEAR, A FEW OF SA’S CELEBRI­TIES SHARE THEIR PLANS FOR SPEND­ING THIS SPE­CIAL TIME WITH THEIR FAM­I­LIES

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With her Santa toi­let seat cover ready from No­vem­ber, me­dia per­son­al­ity Liezel van

der Westhuizen is su­per ex­cited for the Christ­mas hol­i­days. She’ll be spend­ing time with fam­ily and her adorable two-year-old nieces, be­fore jet­ting off to Mozam­bique.

‘Ilove the fes­tive vibe around this time of year, as well as the chance to get to see my fam­ily and en­joy qual­ity time to­gether, without the dis­trac­tion of work,’ says Liezel. ‘I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to see­ing my twin nieces – they’ve just turned two, so this will be a very spe­cial Christ­mas for them.’ Ev­ery year Liezel hosts a pre-christ­mas lunch dur­ing No­vem­ber, for all the fam­ily mem­bers who are trav­el­ling and un­able to make the of­fi­cial Christ­mas Day event. ‘I have all the dec­o­ra­tions out from No­vem­ber, in­clud­ing my Santa toi­let seat cover,’ she gig­gles. Then Liezel’s mom hosts the en­tire fam­ily on the 25th and ev­ery­one has their own spe­cialty dishes they take along with them for the feast. ‘I’m al­ways in charge of the dessert; I make an in­cred­i­ble rasp­berry semifreddo!

‘As a child, I re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment of wak­ing up on Christ­mas morn­ing and jump­ing into bed with my folks to wake them up, just so we could open presents to­gether. She still looks for­ward to open­ing all the gifts un­der the tree, but af­ter the not-so-de­sir­able gift she’s re­ceived be­fore, she’s se­cretly pray­ing it doesn’t turn out to be a dis­as­ter. ‘I once re­ceived a pair of dark blue XXL

py­ja­mas from a work col­league – I’m only a medium! Need­less to say, I’ve never used them. Luck­ily my boyfriend made up for it last year when he got me a pair of bright pink roller skates – I felt like a kid again! I can safely say they’re my all-time favourite gift.’

Be­ing a fit­ness fa­natic (she trains six days a week do­ing a va­ri­ety of gru­elling work­outs, in­clud­ing moun­tain bik­ing, road cy­cling, swim­ming and aerial yoga, and takes part in the Iron­man Chal­lenge and Dusi Ca­noe Marathon), Liezel usu­ally heads out on a deep-sea div­ing ex­pe­di­tion the week af­ter Christ­mas. This year she’ll be head­ing to Quir­im­bas Na­tional Park in north­ern Mozam­bique and says she can’t wait!

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