I LOVE Christmas.
It's my favourite time of year.
I get as excited about Christmas day at age 40 as I did at age 5.
My brothers love Christmas too and I think its indicative of the magic our parents created for us as children.
This year I will be going to have a photo taken with Santa on Christmas eve. BECAUSE I'M A FUCKING BIG KID!!!!
My Christmas Eve poison of choice this year is: Bison Grass Vodka with cloudy apple juice.
I first tried it with my British girlfriend in London this year. I'm not a huge fan of vodka but this drink is absolute PERFECTION.
I'm also making some savory horderves for Christmas Eve -- Devils On Horseback. That's if I don't get too tipsy on the vodka!
My Christmas Day morning ALWAYS starts with a champagne breakfast -- whether I'm having Christmas alone, with friends or with family. This year I'm spending Christmas with beautiful friends.
Christmas lunch is ALWAYS seafood. Crayfish, prawns and oysters.
I grew up in Perth (where it's often 38 degrees on Christmas day). So we never had hot lunches and I prefer a cold seafood lunch anyway.
My Christmas Day poison is: Aperol Spritz (Aperol, Prosecco & Soda)
That's what I was drinking in Venice in September -- so I'm gonna pretend I'm still there.
I'm hoping Santa brings me a ukulele this year. If he does -- I'm going to teach myself to play it through youtube tutorials over the festive season. Christmas night is usually chilled. I'm usually drunk!
Between boxing day and February is when I binge on DVD set TV series. I very rarely allow myself to watch TV throughout the year. So it's a real treat.
I'll be catching up on:
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
I let myself totally chillax between December and the end of February.
No expectations. No news. No social media. No politics. No plans. Lots of naps. Lots of grog and food. A proper and much needed rest.
I'll come back FIGHTING HARD in 2018. Watch this space.
Anyway, I'm off to buy a Christmas tree and some decorations.
Catch you later! xxx
PS: I filed my February column for Maxim Magazine this morning. YAY!
My name is Vanessa de Largie.