COLOUR-themed decorations, traditional recipes and family form the basis of a happy Christmas for Tuart Hill designer Kate Watts.
The 39-year-old designer, who created the Only One Ashley label in honour of her daughter who died in 2009, marks the festive season with husband Paul, mum Helen, brother Adam and her dog Blossom.
Celebrating the day in style, the designer said her theme consisted of copper, bronze, orange and gold hues, which were matched by carefully wrapped presents care of her husband.
“We have a colour theme which my husband and I chose a few years ago,” she said.
“The colours were very hard to find, so we are very excited that it seems to be the ‘in’ colour this year.
“The wrapped presents must also follow the theme, and due to this timely exercise and according to Paul’s rules, he gets the job.”
Watts said she also liked to keep Christmas chocolates handy, but more often than not, they did not make it to Christmas Day.
Her mum’s shortbread and dad’s onion dip ball, however, were always on the menu.
“Coming from English and Scottish backgrounds, we always start the day with Mum’s homemade shortbread,” she said.
“It’s our second Christmas without Dad, so we will have to all learn how to master his onion dip ball this year.
“For lunch, it’s a traditional English one with all the trimmings and a recipe Mum has found during the year and decides to inflict it upon us on the day.”
This year, Watts said, the addition of a foster sibling would mean the day would also include singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and eating “birthday cake”.
“Most people call it Christmas cake, but all in all, we will eat too much and drink too much and the dog will vacuum the floor for us,” she said.
“Someone will get a crazy board game, which we have to play, bringing out our competitive side and lots of laughs.
“But more importantly, we will be cherishing family and appreciating how blessed we are to live in Australia.”