Join me in warmly welcoming author and teacher at the Sydney Writing Centre, Pamela Freeman.
How did you celebrate Christmas as a child?
After Midnight Mass (very exciting to be up so late) all my family's friends would come over and we would cut the Christmas cake. Then presents in the morning and a huge family dinner. The adults all went to sleep in the afternoon while we kids played with our new stuff.
Do you have a family Christmas tradition? Tell us about it.
My grandmother, and then my mother, always made the traditional boiled Christmas puddings. I have inherited Nana's cauldron, so now I am the pudding maker for the clan. The process starts six weeks before Christmas with the making of the puddings and hanging them up in their cloths to mature. That's when I know that Christmas is just around the corner. And you get a wish each year as you stir the pudding!
Have you celebrated Christmas in another country?
I lived in London for a couple of years and celebrated Christmas there. The strangest thing for me was having no cherries on the Christmas table! When I was little that was the only time we ever bought cherries.
I teach novel writing at the Sydney Writers' Centre, and I will be reading some of my students' work over Christmas. I'm looking forward to it - I have some very talented students!
I might slip in some crime, fantasy and history as well. But really, my holiday reading comes in January - Christmas is usually too busy to read much!
I hope you all have a wonderful peaceful Christmas and a lovely New Year!