Neale Whitaker reveals what Christmas time looks like for him and his loved ones.
Whether it's having a roast turkey or playing a game of backyard cricket, we all have different ways of celebrating the festive season, so what do the holidays mean for some of our favourite LifeStyle talent?
We sit down with Neale Whitaker to find out what how he makes Christmas the most magical time for his family.
Do you have a family tradition that you like to undertake each Christmas?
"In 20 years of living in Australia, Christmas is one of the few things I've never quite got my head around. I think cold weather Christmases are in my DNA! For several years, a Christmas road trip became a tradition for my partner David and me and our dogs. We'd all pile in the car and head off to Byron or Noosa or Melbourne. It was a lovely way to celebrate, but I guess now we live in the country permanently we'll start a new tradition - country Christmas!"
How are you and your family celebrating this Christmas?
"It will be a fairly quiet, relaxed Christmas. We lead busy lives all year round, so Christmas should involve enjoying each other's company and the beauty of where we live now. Taking things slowly."
What does a typical Christmas feast look like for you?
"Fortunately David and I agree on a traditional Christmas lunch with turkey and all those trimmings (for a Brit like me that has to include stuffing, Brussels sprouts and bread sauce) but we make an Aussie concession with fresh prawns to start. There's always a Christmas pudding and some mince pies on the go, but it's usually Boxing Day - at least - before we can face them."
Are you a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day present giver?
"Definitely Christmas Day."
What does your dream Christmas Day sound like?
"Sleep-in, simple breakfast, walk with the dogs along Seven Mile Beach before the heat of the day kicks in, back home for a long, lazy, leisurely lunch. No plans beyond that. Perfect."
What’s your Christmas wish for 2019?
"The only one that matters. Good health and happiness for the year ahead - for all of us."
How will you be decorating your Christmas tree? And is the tree real or fake?
"Our tree is artificial and the decorations are traditional - red, green, gold and silver. And lots of fairy lights. David's Australian and I'm British, but we're both pretty old-school when it comes to Christmas. There's something nostalgic and reassuring about a traditional Christmas tree."