WA Governor Kim Beazley tells us what he loves about Christmas, how he’s celebrating this year, the best Christmas gift he’s received and his message for West Australians this festive season.
Do you love Christmas?
I do love Christmas because everyone is trying: trying to make the season as joyful as they can for those whom they love, trying to be a bit kinder to the people they deal with. Even though most these days do not approach Christmas from a religious point of view, I love the fact it is one of the main celebrations of the church to which I am attached.
How are you celebrating this year?
We will have family and some friends around for Christmas lunch. It will be an opportunity to catch up, see how the grandkids are going and for joyful interaction between our families. Susie and I will be cooking and doing the best we can to keep the youngsters engaged. Last year, we gave them all water pistols. This year, we will not.
What is the best gift you’ve received?
When I was a boy, my parents could only afford one gift. All the other gifts we received would be essentials – clothing or items for school. But you would get one gift. For me, it meant first picking up Christmas stumps, second Christmas a bat, third Christmas a ball, and fourth Christmas wicket keeping gloves. But probably the best gift was a small jet plane which if you ran the wheels repeatedly across the ground and let it go, it would shoot across the room.
Do you have a message for West Australians this festive season?
Have a happy and fulfilling Christmas. Many will unselfishly reach out to those in need beyond their families; that is a great thing to do. But strengthening bonds with family and young ones particularly, that is essential. A thought too for our service personnel far from home. Theirs will be a different Christmas but they need to know they have our love and respect.