Things that make their Christmas day

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 4:23am

Whether it's spending family time together playing board games or going for an after-dinner hike, we all have our Christmas rituals. CitySeen asked some of the city's movers and shakers about their favourite festive activities.


Anthony Fletcher, head chef of The Pawn

For me one of the greatest traditions of Christmas Day happens after the meal when everyone moves away from the dinning table and into the lounge. People are either in a near-comatose state induced by eating too much or having drunk too much mulled wine. And then the James Bond movie comes on the television. Everyone is always happy to watch a Bond movie and Christmas just would not be the same without it.


Kam Kwok-leung, filmmaker

My favourite thing to do on Christmas day is get up early. The thing about the city is that people stay up until the early hours and party hard during the festive season. I've been there, done that, over the past 30 years or so. I enjoyed it during that phase of my life but now I've outgrown crowded celebrations. For me it's interesting to see and experience great activities during daylight. You don't often hear about Christmas breakfasts or brunches, right? But I do really enjoy those.


Gary Chaw, singer-songwriter

My favourite Christmas activity is staying at home with my family and eating turkey. I have always travelled during Christmas, even when I was a child, so I never really got the chance to celebrate it with my parents. Now that I'm a father of two and a husband, I want to spend time with my family. Although it might sound cheesy, just being at home, having a nice dinner and opening gifts in the morning are things that truly make me happy.


Meaghan McGurgan, editor of HKELD

My favourite Christmas activity is to go and see The Nutcracker. It's a family tradition that goes back to my childhood when I performed in it. I was terrible but I loved it. I remember my first crush being on Mikhail Baryshnikov in the version that would be shown on TV every year. I see it no matter what city I'm in. I don't think it would be Christmas without seeing a Sugarplum Fairy.


Jeanine Hsu, founder of Niin

I enjoy baking vanillekipferl (Austrian crescent-shaped cookies). My mum is Austrian. It is a yearly ritual I do with my mum, and this year I'm hoping my nieces will get stuck in, too. We used to make them in Austria at Christmas with my aunt. She sends over some ingredients from Innsbruck. It requires this special vanilla sugar that you roll the cookies in once they have cooled. There is a knack to getting the right shape. If they are too thick, they melt. If they are too thin, they break. They are so good that they melt in your mouth.