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 even though it is 16 degrees Celsius outside. With the Christmas season upon us, it is time once again to unwrap our CitySeen tradition and ask a variety of local personalities about their best and worst seasonal memories. Enjoy. Dane Clouston Executive chef at Opia 'The worst Christmas ever for me as a kid was one time when I was excitedly opening a present from my father's then-partner only to find it was a pair of white sports socks with red trimming on the top - just for that festive touch. If the 'Ahhh, a pair of sports socks. Just what I always wanted' sarcastic expression on my face wasn't enough, I think I may have muttered the words 'this present is crap' under my breath, which she overheard, as luck would have it. Anyway, to cut a long story short, she was very upset with the situation, putting on the waterworks and all. So I ruined Christmas for the family. Man, if I could be 12 again. Mmm, I wonder where she is now.' Pauline Cruz Socialite 'Christmas Eve has always been special to us because it is my husband's [horse trainer Tony Cruz] birthday. We often plan a big party for him with the family. But one particular year, our whole family and some of our friends went to the Maldives. This one Christmas was kind of unusual because we spent Christmas Day fishing and snorkelling, and it didn't feel like Christmas at all. Also, we had to check out of the hotel at midnight for a flight leaving the Maldives at 3am to make the 8am connecting flight in Singapore back home.' Pascale Wang Tose Model/mother 'My parents' Christmas family tradition is very memorable, and I'm continuing it with my family now. On December 1, we all put our Christmas wish lists on our door. Everyone then comes up with original ideas or ways to make these gifts for each other and puts the finished product under the tree. It can be very imaginative. For example, if a kid wants a toy boat, I could put a picture of a boat in a photo frame and wrap it. You don't know what the gifts are because this tradition is all about fun, laughter and jokes, making gift-giving creative and Christmas wishes come alive. For relatives who live overseas, we e-mail each other our wish lists before we see each other. In this way, we always anticipate what we might get.' Crystal Kwok Kam-yan Writer/actress 'We have a more unusual practice in that we put Hanukkah and Christmas together as one celebration [my husband is Jewish]. It's all about the spirit of the holidays, where two cultures are celebrated at the same time, which means we also get two presents at the same time.' Sylvia Chang Ai-chia Actress/director 'It was the Christmas shortly after I found out that I was pregnant with my son Oscar more than 17 years ago. Since I didn't tell many people about my pregnancy, my friends found it weird that I stopped drinking and smoking, which I usually did when we got together. I didn't feel that there was anything missing from my life - in fact, I was very happy at the time - but to feel for the first time that I was sharing a healthier life together with my son, that made it a very memorable Christmas to me.'