How do Warwick locals spend Christmas?
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REVEALED: How 10 Warwick folk spend Christmas

CHRISTMAS Day is a day for family, traditions, fun and food, it's a day to look forward to and to celebrate but how do others spend it?

Here's a glimpse into how 10 Warwick community members will be spending their Christmas Day.

Valerie Prentice (Criterion Hotel)

Valerie Prentice.
Valerie Prentice. Jonno Colfs

This year Valerie and her "very” English husband Kevin will spend Christmas Day with the whole family in Ocean Shores.

"My mother is Belgian so traditionally we celebrate Christmas Eve,” she said.

"We open our presents then and eat, drink and be merry, incredibly merry.

"Mum is also fairly religious so another tradition calls for the youngest person present to light a candle for the baby Jesus.

"There will be about 10 of us - it's family time, when you can feel comfortable about eating and eating until you have to undo the top button on your pants.”

Valerie said her husband, who was spending his second Christmas in Australia also had a Christmas tradition of his own.

"We have to go down to the beach with a prawn and a beer,” she said.

"But whatever you do, don't mention the cricket.”

Matthew Kairouz

Matt Kairouz.
Matt Kairouz. Jonno Colfs

The Char Belas owner is spending Christmas at his Dad's place in Glennie Heights with the whole family this year.

"It's an all-day celebration,” he said.

"Lots of great Lebanese food - lamb kofta, charcoal grill and barbecue, tabouli, hommus, garlic aioli, all the good stuff.

"There's lots of eating and a few drinks, on Christmas it's usually Arak, which a Lebanese Ouzo and very strong.”

After lunch the Kairouz clan gathers for the annual soccer match on the tennis court.

"We even invite friends over to take part, it's a lot of fun,” he said.

"Then after that there's another barbecue and more beers.”

Shirley Haddrill

Shirley Haddrill.
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The CWA tea room volunteer said her Christmas would be spent in Warwick.

"There'll be three of us,” she said.

"Myself, my husband and my daughter at our house and we'll enjoy a traditional English/Aussie lunch with a hot roast pork, cooked ham, vegies and plum pudding and custard for after.

"As always, there are the bon-bons, hats and jokes.”

There are even Christmas treats for the animals.

"The dogs and cats are part of the family too, so they all get something special,” she said.

"Then we'll all pick a movie and spend the afternoon watching them.”

Shirley and her husband moved to Warwick from Perth in 2014.

"As a consequence, we don't get to see the grandkids and seven great-grandkids this Christmas, but I'll be over there for New Year's,” she said.

Tracy Dobie

Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie
Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie Liana Turner

Mayor Tracy Dobie said Christmas this year would be held at the Dobie household in Warwick.

"We'll have 11 family members coming, including my Mum Joan who turned 90 this year,” she said.

"I usually start just like any other morning and will take the dogs for a run, then it'll be home to start preparing for lunch, which Colin and I are in charge of.”

Cr Dobie said with all the kids now grown up, the afternoon would consist of a long slow lunch.

"There's a lot of food,” she said.

"Seafood, turkey, ham, salads, vegetable and home-made bread, followed by a lemon and lime cheesecake.

"All accompanied by a lot of talking, telling stories and laughing, lots of laughing.”

After lunch, which Cr Dobie said could take several hours, the family would take a walk and a look at the gardens, once the afternoon cooled down.

"Then we'll probably all have an early night,” she said.

Paul Munson

Paul Munson.
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The Warwick insurance broker and Anglophile said his family still enjoyed a traditional Christmas.

"We're expecting 19 this year,” he said.

"So the kids and grandkids will come back to Warwick and come to our house here in town, expect my son Ben who is in Japan.”

Mr Munson said most of the family headed to church in the morning before returning for the present opening at about 11am.

"The kids start a lot earlier, opening their Santa presents at about 5am,” he said.

"Then it's time to get ready for lunch and we generally sit down to eat at around 2pm.

"Roast chicken and beef this year, with ham, vegies and salad and a plum pudding for after, although some of the kids prefer ice-cream.

"It's a great day with lots of talking and laughing and we always get a whole-family Christmas photo taken with everyone.

"And then there's leftovers for anyone still hungry.”

Danny Lyons

SPORT STALWART: Danny Lyons has run his successful business in the same spot in Palmerin St for 34 years.
SPORT STALWART: Danny Lyons has run his successful business in the same spot in Palmerin St for 34 years. Jonno Colfs

Taking a break from his sports store related-activities Mr Lyons said his Christmas Day would be spent at home.

"This year Anne's family is all coming to our place,” he said.

"Everyone takes it turn to host and it's our turn this year.

"We're missing a few this year but there's still about 30 coming.

"With such large families, it's always a big day.”

Mr Lyons said they enjoyed a cold lunch.

"Ham, chicken, salad,” he said.

"And we have a secret Santa draw for presents and everyone packs into the large rumpus room we have downstairs.

"Then the Lyons family will all get together out at the farm at Pilton on December 30.”

Mr Lyons said he loved Christmas.

"We've got three little grandkids,” he said.

"They just make it fantastic for you.”

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly.
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Long-time Warwick musician Mr Kelly said his family would gather together at his house for the traditional Kelly Christmas lunch.

"It's been going too long for me to remember when it started,” he said.

"The boys all come with their families and all the grandkids - there'll be about 16 across the course of the day.

"I go to mass in the morning and then it's time to get ready for lunch.”

Mr Kelly said it was a traditional Aussie Christmas lunch.

"We have a ham, topside, chops and salads and bit of beer,” he said.

"While that's all going on we'll have some Christmas music.

"The kids all open their presents early so that keeps them busy for the day.

"Then it's usually an early night.”

George Russell

George Russell.
George Russell. Jonno Colfs

Mr Russell said he and his wife would be heading down to Brisbane to spend the day with their daughter.

"We arrive Christmas Eve and early on Christmas Day we head to my daughter's partner's cafe in Wynnum,” he said.

"The locals their love his Christmas morning coffees, with a little nip of something stronger.

"Then it's back to Hawthorne for lunch.”

Mr Russell said lunch was prawns mostly.

"And we drink a lot of Guinness,” he said.

"It's a great day - always enjoyable.”

Mark Favero

Mark Favero.
Mark Favero. Sophie Lester

The Belle Vue owner said he and wife Rosie's day started very early thanks to excited children.

"Parker and Luci are up first thing,” he said.

"Presents and boxes being torn up all over the place.

"We usually try to spend the morning together before I run quickly back to the shop to make sure the ovens are off and the fridges are on.”

Mr Favero said the family alternated Christmases and this year would be spent at the Favero family farm at Thulimbah.

"It's a classic Italo-Aussie Christmas,” he said.

"Ham, pasta, lots of watermelon, antipasti, salads and lots of beer and wine.

"There are 15-20 of us this year, it's a lot of fun out on the farm, the kids have a ball and we all do too.”

David Littleproud

Maranoa MP David Littleproud.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud. Tobi Loftus

The newly appointed Turnbull Cabinet Minister will be glad for a break over Christmas.

"We're spending Christmas at my brother's place in Toowoomba this year,” he said.

"The festivities actually start on Christmas Eve, with a hotly-contested backyard cricket match.

"The pitch is prepared weeks in advance, mowed and rolled by my brother's boys.

"It's a very strong family tradition and there's even a trophy up for grabs.

"It's oldies v youngies - I'm on the oldies team these days.”

Mr Littleproud said he didn't get much time to see extended family with his busy schedule.

"So this time of year is pretty special to me,” he said.

"To see Mum and Dad and my family and to get to spend some quality time with them.

"I love it.”

Mr Littleproud said Christmas Day itself consisted of lots of presents and food.

"We always love a big traditional Aussie Christmas lunch.”

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