They’re open to new traditions, but also attached to their family habits. Five Veranda Resorts employees share their plans for a joyful and festive Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Sparklers and family meals
Danny has been the Head of Sports & Leisure at Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa for the past 19 years. He usually spends New Year’s Eve at the hotel, and never gets tired of its magnificent fireworks display. Once the show is over, he hurries home to see in the New Year with his family. And the next day, they’ll enjoy a traditional island dish: lentils stewed with pig’s trotters.
Simplicity and fresh air
Vanessa, a housekeeper at Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel, makes the most of Christmas Eve by going out with her family: “After dinner, we go for a walk and have a look in the shops, even if we don’t buy anything. It’s just precious family time. We never get home before midnight!” The family observes lent on January 1st, so the festive meal is a vegetarian biryani.
Gift-giving and a family barbecue
For Géraldine, Head Housekeeper at the Veranda Pointe aux Biches Hotel, the holidays are an opportunity to see her entire family. On Christmas Eve, guests are invited to a barbecue after mass. The long-awaited family reunion at which everyone gets together and exchanges gifts takes place on December 25th. “Because my extended family is so big, we draw names and organise a Secret Santa beforehand.” And on January 1st, the family spends time with its eldest member: everyone gets together at her house for a potluck lunch!
Carols and a toast on New Year’s Eve
Virgina, a Shop Assistant at Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa, is getting into the holiday spirit with a playlist of her favourite Christmas songs, including “All I want for Christmas”, Mariah Carey’s seasonal hit. She spends December 24th with her family: a volunteer dresses up as Santa Claus to distribute gifts at midnight, but first everyone enjoys a cocktail followed by a traditional roast chicken dinner. New Year celebrations are restrained, because by that time the Hau Wing Lun family is already preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
A Christmas tree and fireworks
Dave, the Veranda Pointe aux Biches Hotel’s Food and Beverages Manager, celebrates Christmas with his family when his work allows him to. “Though I sometimes have to be at the hotel on Christmas Eve, I make sure everything is ready at home, so we can adhere to our traditions. We place the Christmas crèche under the tree and light a candle on the evening of the 24th. We then have dinner – usually a roast duck prepared by my wife.” On New Year’s Eve, the Sookyes have dinner as a nuclear family. Then, at 11:30 pm, they meet their extended family in the common courtyard to light fireworks.
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