The chestnuts are roasting in a wok on the footpath and Jack Frost is hardly nipping anyone's nose, but there's still an occasional Yuletide carol sung by a choir and one or two people dressed like Eskimos though it's only 16 degrees Celsius outside. With the Christmas season upon us, it's time once again to unwrap our CitySeen tradition and ask a variety of local personalities about their best and worst seasonal memories. Enjoy. Andy Hui Chi-on Singer It was Christmas Eve in 1985, before I entered the New Talent Singing Awards contest. I was still a Form Six student. I walked along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui East with a bunch of friends. We just walked and walked from 10pm until 4am the next morning. It may not seem special to a lot of people, but after I entered show business, first, I usually work during the Christmas period, and second, it's impossible for me to walk freely now along the promenade without drawing attention. Honestly, I don't feel very comfortable going to crowded places like Mong Kok and Causeway Bay now. Being a singer, there are certain things that I had to give up, like eating at dai pai dong, but I think it's just part of the package. There is always something you lose when you gain other things. Tina Liu Tin-lan Media personality and image consultant It was a painful experience that happened decades ago when I was still at the beginning of a singing career. I was engaged to perform at three separate Christmas functions. As an independent young lady without a manager, no entourage and no assistant back then, I arrived at my first function punctually and sang my three songs. But I was so naive that I didn't think ahead and arrange for myself to go to the second venue. So I ended up running through the streets in Tsim Sha Tsui from one hotel to another in high heels and an evening dress. It was crazy. The streets were crowded with thousands of people. I did arrive at the second venue on time, but I was so sweaty and panting when I arrived. That was painfully memorable Sally Andersen Founder of Hong Kong Dog Rescue Christmas Eve 2002 was a day that was to change my life. I had been taking dogs for rehoming from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department's Pok Fu Lam kennels on a one-by-one basis. However, there were a lot of dogs that were waiting there and I was told there would only be a skeleton staff on duty over the Christmas holidays, so the dogs I had selected for rehoming had to be taken out - or else. I had just signed the lease for the house next to mine and was getting ready to move in, but on that Christmas Eve it was 22 dogs that moved in instead. They were all small breeds fortunately - shih-tzu and Pekinese mainly, with a couple of puppies thrown in for good measure. It was a freezing cold Christmas that year, but I spent it taking care of 22 newcomers, some of whom were old and sick, and it was the start of a whole new life for me. Perveen Crawford Hong Kong's first female licensed pilot The most memorable time I can recall was when I was a flight attendant with Cathay Pacific - about 'a hundred years' ago. I worked with CX for five years and even won Miss Airlines International. Don't ask me which year but I was also the first Asian woman to win a beauty contest in Miami. Anyway, I was rostered to fly to London on December 25 one year. We took off with only 30 passengers in a 747 and celebrated throughout the flight, singing Christmas carols and drinking champagne with all the other passengers. The cockpit crew were only allowed to take a sip of the champagne. But some sips were more than a glass full. We landed in London and celebrated Christmas Day again. So, I got to celebrate two Christmas Days in one year.