The temperatures are dropping, we’re popping open advent calendar doors like there’s no tomorrow and Christmas music is jingling away round every corner… yes, that time of year is here once again!
So get into the holiday spirit with Team Sassy, with our fave Christmas songs, our funniest Christmas memories and of course, what’s top of our lists to Santa. Here’s to A Very Sassy Christmas (and see the rest of Team Sassy’s picks here)!
Top of my wishlist: I am pleased to say that I don’t exactly need anything… yet that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t things that I want! I probably don’t need one, but I wouldn’t mind a good freestanding electric mixer to make cake baking even more enjoyable. This KitchenAid is pretty, but a cheaper one would probably also put a smile on my face. If I find one of these under my Christmas tree, I promise I’ll make you soooo many cakes.
Funniest Christmas memory: When I was about six years old and Christmas was fast approaching, I suddenly got terribly frightened that Santa wouldn’t know which stocking belonged to whom. So one night, as the stockings hung over the fireplace, I snuck into the living room with a big marker pen and wrote each of our names in giant letters across our beautiful stockings! Needless to say my parents weren’t best pleased the next day. The best part about it though is that I had put the same fear in my neighbour’s mind, so she did exactly the same thing! And blamed me, of course, when she too got into trouble!
Favourite Christmas song: That’s a very tricky question! I love pretty much every Christmas song and have to force myself to wait until at least November before I start playing them! One that always gets me singing along though is Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time.
Top of my wishlist: I created my Christmas Pinterest List months ago when I spotted this Aspinal of London Travel Wallet. I love presents that I’m actually going to use and I’m lucky that I travel a lot with work so this would be perfect!
Funniest Christmas memory: When I was younger, my Dad took me outside on Christmas morning to show me a reindeer hoof mark that had been imprinted into the pavement, and I was so excited – Santa had been right there! Years later, he told me that our dog had walked in wet concrete a few months beforehand… but the “hoof” print is still there and is something I always think about when Christmas rolls around!
Fave Christmas song: Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody. Not too sure how a Slade song could get me choked up but this song defines my family Christmas. It was played constantly for a month and brings back my happiest Hong Kong Christmas memories!
Top of my wishlist: Anyone who knows me knows that I love babushka dolls (mainly because ‘babushka’ is the only word that rhymes with my surname). I’m currently obsessed with this Pandora charm – really hoping Santa adds it to my bracelet this year…
See all Pandora stores in Hong Kong here
Earliest Christmas memory: One of my earliest Christmas memories was getting a fax from Santa as my brothers and I opened our presents. It came through the machine at just the right moment and was so well done: the handwriting was all shaky because Santa was apparently shivering as he wrote it and it mentioned all the presents we has opened from him so far that morning. We bought it hook, line and sinker!
Fave Christmas song: The Christmas song to end all Christmas songs: Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You. If blasting a bit of that doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, nothing will.
Top of my wishlist: I am blaming Pinterest for my recent obsession with all things home décor related. I always find myself pinning inspiration pictures for my home and my Christmas wish list this year is full of pillow covers, vases, coffee table books and lighting… but top of them all is this neon sign in hot pink from Ecelctic Cool. You can even customise the word so am hoping Santa picks ‘Sassy’ for me!
Available at Eclectic Cool, G/F, 58 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 5699 6882, or online
Earliest Christmas memory: One of my earliest associations with the Christmas season was when we would go on a family day trip with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) to cut down our family Christmas tree. We would head to a tree farm and each family would separate in search for the Christmas tree that spoke to them best! My family would always end up with a Douglas Fir, and it would always be down to a choice between two trees – which would end up in a family vote before my dad took the saw and cut our tree down. We would then all drive (with our trees on top of our car) to someone’s house and have a cosy lunch before heading home to decorate our new Christmas trees.
Fave Christmas song: I will forever love the song Baby It’s Cold Outside (I am particularly partial to the Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton version). There is something so flirty and cosy about the song; after all, the Christmas season is always about that ‘half a drink more…’
Top of my wishlist: Tis the season to be jolly and adorn oneself… fa la la la la, la la la la! So what better way to adorn oneself than with this little showstopper from The9thMuse. Love, love, love it and want it now – forget waiting until Christmas!
Available from The9thMuse, 12/F, Unit 1204, One Lyndhurst Tower, No.1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 7598
Earliest Christmas memory: My abiding memory of Christmas as a kid is being so beside myself with excitement on Christmas Eve that I could never ever get to sleep! I would lie there and lie there and my brother next door would be in just as much a frenzy of excitement. Anyway, after a couple of years of this sleeplessness on Christmas Eve, I decided enough was enough and would take matters into my own hands – I would pretend that it was just another normal day and that nothing special was happening and I would will myself to sleep (proving even from an early age that mind over matter really does work!). As for my brother… he continued to climb the walls with excitement and was pretty peeved when I was sleeping as snug as a bug in a rug!
Fave Christmas song: Wham – Last Christmas. As soon as this comes on in the shops I’m whisked away into my own little world of how can George Michael be gay?! Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, But the very next day you gave it away, This year, To save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special… gets me every year!
Top of your wishlist: Snow! I know you can’t buy it anywhere… but a girl can dream, can’t she?!
Funniest Christmas memory: I “invented” Santa at my house! No one in my family knew what Santa was, until a friend told me that Santa doesn’t exist (I got the nuts and bolts from her eventually). I got super excited because I thought that meant I would get more presents than normal… until Christmas came and my present was signed “From Santa (aka Mum)”. It’s the thought that counts??
Fave Christmas song: It has to be The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.
See the rest of Team Sassy’s picks (and a picture of our style blogger Sabrina dressed as reindeer here)… and don’t forget to check out our Christmas Guide for everything you need to know for the holiday season!