I like to give people a job. Think about who is coming and give someone a task that you know they will get enthusiastic about. It could be as simple as asking, “Can you please do the music?” Get them excited about creating a playlist for the day which includes sing-along carols. You can get another guest to help with the wine or the cocktails and it’s their responsibility to keep everyone topped up during the day. And, lastly, the kids – ask them to think of one or two games to keep the other kids entertained. That way everyone feels involved.
One word – brining. Sounds like it’s a bit tricky and just another step, but it simply gives beautiful penetration of flavour and keeps the flesh really moist.
I’m so lucky as I alternate between family in Victoria and my home with my wife, Lindsay, and our children, Hudson and Emerson, in California. There’s something really nice about being outside in the sun, which isn’t possible in North America, but as long as you have family with you, that’s all that matters.
Without a doubt it has to be champagne.
Treats for the reindeers – a couple of carrots and a bottle of beer for Santa (which he always drinks).