It's a pleasure to welcome Gold Coast Children's Author, Kerry Brown to share her Christmas memories and traditions.
How did you celebrate Christmas as a child?
I grew up in Northern Western Australia near the beach so there was lots of swimming, too much food, late afternoon naps and lots of family time. I love Christmas day - it is the one time every one is on board for a lazy, cruisy day surrounded by food, laughter and fun!
Do you have a family Christmas tradition? Tell us about it.
Every Christmas I take my children shopping to buy one new decoration each. (Good quality ones form David Jones or Myer) After Christmas the kids carefully wrap each of their unique decorations up and place them in their own box labelled with the year they bought each of them. When they grow up and leave home they will have their own special supply of tree decorations to place on their very own tree.
Have you celebrated Christmas in another country?
Yes I have in England before. I LOVED the traditional hot luncheon, the snow, the eggnog and the cold for a change. With the heat and humidity we are having here in Queensland at the moment I'd love to do it again!
What will you be reading over Christmas?
I went to the library last week and got out all the children's picture books and novels I have wanted to read for a very long time. Some are re - reads. I have:
Shaun Tan's 'The Arrival'
Michael Gerard Bauer's, 'Eric Vale - Epic Fail'
Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood
'Maudie and Bear' by Jan Ormerod
And a book by Andy Stanton called 'Stirling and the Canary'. (I love Andy Stanton - I find him extremely funny and my kids love him too.)
Then I might just try and read an adult novel........... to be different :)