And just like that, Christmas is around the corner once again. You may have seen that I’ve recently teamed up with Pandora to launch their Winter 2015 Collection. As part of their campaign, I’ve been asked to share my Christmas story with everyone. So here goes…
For me, the festive season evokes an amazing mishmash of incongruent memories. I’ve spent many years celebrating in Sydney, which is usually enjoyed outdoors in the sunshine. I think of summer, sinking my teeth into the juiciest Aussie mangoes, preparing a whole roast snapper on the BBQ, the saltiness of the ocean, and messy beach hair. I’ve also spent many Christmases in frosty Europe, rugged up in layers upon layers of scarves, hats and gloves. Huddling around stands at night markets lit by the millions of tiny fairy lights, watching swirls of steam evaporate from my mouth whilst sipping on some hot spiced wine.
When spending the holiday season in Tokyo, I peered through the windowsills of bakeries in awe at the most intricate cake designs that only the Japanese could execute with such precision! Then, there is of course, the craziness of Christmas in the Philippines, where malls play carols as early as September and decorations are displayed with admirable zeal.
It goes without saying, that these days are always spent with good people. Whether they are friends or family, new acquaintances or old.
Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful end to the year!