Our resident expert on all matters bike-riding, Anne Treasure, is a big fan of her family’s tradition of opening Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve, allowing them to focus their time and energy on the all-important consumption of Christmas food and drink on the big day itself. A Boxing Day bike-ride will offset all that indulgence, she explains.
What I love most about Christmas is those little Darrell Lea Nougat Christmas Puddings.
What I like least about Christmas is regular Christmas pudding.
My best ever Christmas was the year my parents refused to get me the one thing I wanted, a Little Miss Makeup Doll. Father Christmas very naughtily flouted their no-makeup rule and I woke up on Christmas morning to find her in my stocking. I was both insufferably smug and wildly suspicious.
My favourite Christmas song is Last Christmas by Wham! I’m a sucker for unrequited love and heartbreak.
My favourite Christmas book is a toss-up between Nancy Mitford’s Christmas Pudding and a battered copy of The Night Before Christmas that I read as a child, which has been passed down to my daughter.
I celebrate on Christmas Eve with my family, opening gifts – my mother instituted this tradition when I was a child, and I far prefer it to Christmas Day present-opening. Mostly because it forces me to be organised early, and leaves Christmas Day free for eating and drinking.
I celebrate on Christmas Day by getting up at 5am with my toddler. Merry Christmas!
On Boxing Day I get up at 5am with my toddler. Happy Boxing Day!
There will also be some type of family bike ride to offset holiday season indulgence – there are so many beautiful bike paths around Canberra suburbs leading to parks, waterways and playgrounds, and I’ll be aiming to start training for the Big Canberra Bike Ride in early March.
The gift I’d most like to give instantaneous travel, for my parents and in-laws – they all live interstate, and it can be tough to see them as often as we’d like.
Also, if someone could point me to the perfect gift for my husband, who only ever wants highly-specific bike gadgets that are completely baffling to your average non-bicycle-obsessive, I’d be most appreciative.
For Christmas this year I’d like a very cold Sipsmith martini, with a twist.
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