Today show news presenter Sylvia Jeffreys wants a house full of kids with her husband, Nine News reporter Peter Stefanovic so they can recreate the kind of Christmas memories they both experienced as children growing up in Queensland.
Sylvia, 31, tells this month’s issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly that she and Peter, 36, the man she married in the Kangaroo Valley on the NSW south coast in April, intend to raise their own children in the same spirit with which they were raised – with lots of sun, sea and surf to colour their Christmas memories.
“Our hope is that down the track, we could have a house on the Gold Coast so that our kids can have the same experiences with their cousins that we both had as kids with our cousins,” she tells The Weekly.
“We want them to have that big family festival, the extended family kind of vibe on Christmas Day so they can build those same foundations at Christmas and create those important memories, too.”
Sylvia says she founded some of her favourite childhood memories at Christmas with her family at Broadbeach in Queensland.
“We would pile into these two units with all our cousins, our aunts and uncles and spend one or two long weeks going between the unit and the beach…and all of us kids would run around together like a pack before swarming down to the local shops for an ice-cream.”
She also commented on her friendship with former colleague Lisa Wilkinson, who left the Nine Network earlier this year.
“I really value the friendship that I have with Lisa,” Sylvia told The Weekly.
"I know I will continue to enjoy that relationship down the track. In consider myself very fortunate to have worked beside her.”
However, if anyone is expecting Sylvia and Peter to start their family any time soon, then perhaps they should think again.
“Between both our jobs, it would be a bit of a miracle if we can get a weekend together at this stage. It may need to be an immaculate conception…”
Read more from Sylvia Jeffreys in the Christmas issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, out now.