Sofia Matts­son (Sasha)

GH’s Sofia Matts­son (Sasha)

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gH new­comer Sofia Matts­son has al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated Christ­mas, but this year finds her more than ready to en­joy all the qual­ity fam­ily time that comes with the hol­i­day. “My mom was in a bad ac­ci­dent this year,” ex­plains the ac­tress who plays Sasha. “Thank God she is okay now, but it was very scary for a while, and it made me re­al­ize how pre­cious ev­ery sec­ond we get with fam­ily is.”

Need­less to say, she’s ea­ger to have a joy­ful hol­i­day, and her crew has its fair share of tra­di­tions to achieve that goal — from danc­ing around the tree hold­ing hands and singing Christ­mas songs to gorg­ing on her grand­mother Ma­jken’s rice pud­ding, which her mother, Irene, now makes. “It’s far from nor­mal rice pud­ding,” Matts­son grins. “It has way more cream and sugar in it. And my grand­mother used to put one al­mond in the serv­ing bowl, and the myth was that who­ever ended up get­ting it in their plate was the next one to get mar­ried! It ob­vi­ously didn’t work… but my sis­ters and I thought it was su­per ex­cit­ing.”

This beauty clearly has a sweet tooth, be­cause she still re­mem­bers steal­ing gin­ger­bread bites as a tyke. “One of my first hol­i­day mem­o­ries,” she says, “is mak­ing the yearly gin­ger­bread house with my older sis­ters, Ce­cilia and He­lena, when I was around 4.

“I thought the dough was just as de­li­cious as the fin­ished thing,” she adds with a laugh, “and just couldn’t stop eat­ing it… in­stead of con­tribut­ing to the house-build­ing!”

This Christ­mas will see Matts­son’s clan come to­gether as al­ways, but it’s go­ing to be a whole new ad­ven­ture. “I’m ac­tu­ally go­ing to the Caribbean with fam­ily,” she re­veals. “It’s go­ing to feel a lit­tle weird, be­cause we’re used to tra­di­tional Christ­mases at home. But this year, I guess I’ll be cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas Day with a piña co­lada on the beach!”

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“It’s been a busy year, so I’m look­ing for­ward to re­lax­ing with fam­ily, lis­ten­ing to cozy hol­i­day mu­sic and eat­ing a lot of good food,” says the GH new­comer.

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