What are your favourite memories of Christmas as a child?

Being at my Nana and Papa’s house. Playing with bubbles in their huge back yard.


Did you have any Christmas traditions in your family when you were growing up?

We always left food out for Santa and his reindeer.


Do you have any Christmas traditions now?

We have just started doing a Christmas Eve Box. Last year I put in a Christmas movie which we watched Christmas Eve, new PJ’s, a Christmas pillow case and a yummy treat for each child.

We leave food out for Santa and his reindeer, and sprinkle fairy dust in the drive way so they know where to come.

We have magic keys for Santa to get into our house, as we don’t have a chimney. These are part of our own range at KJdesigns and they have been very popular this year.  SantasKeys

We also have an Elf who comes to visit and hides and plays tricks each day in December.


What does Christmas mean to you?

Spending time with my children.


Where will you spend Christmas this year? Who will you spend it with?

At home with my family.


What’s your favourite Christmas song or movie?

I am Christmas Music’ed out after working in banking for many years and having to listen to many straight weeks of Christmas songs over and over! If I had to pick one it would be Snoopy’s Christmas.


What’s your Christmas dinner style? Traditional, Kiwi BBQ, Something else?

We usually have roast chicken, turkey, and cold salads.


Tell us about your decorating for Christmas. Do you have a tree….real or artificial? Colour-coordinated or anything goes? Do you decorate just the tree….or do you adorn everything you can?

We have an artificial tree.   Sometimes it is colour coordinated. Each year the kids get a new decoration, including our angel baby, and they are all added to the tree. The kids like to decorate the lounge as well.


To read more about Susan and KJdesigns read our previous conversation here.