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How fatherhood reinvented the magic of Christmas for Kris Smith

Kris wears M.J. Bale top and Polo Ralph Lauren shorts, from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore bodysuit and skirt. Weber “Compact Kettle” charcoal barbecue. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road.

Kris wears M.J. Bale top and Polo Ralph Lauren shorts, from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore bodysuit and skirt. Weber “Compact Kettle” charcoal barbecue. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road. Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen

Fatherhood has reignited his love for Christmas, Myer ambassador Kris Smith tells Sunday Life. He plans to spend the big day at home celebrating with his family, as well as getting in some time at the beach.

What’s your favourite childhood Christmas memory?
Leaving Santa a sherry and a mince pie on Christmas Eve. I also left carrots for the reindeers and I now continue that tradition with my kids. I think I looked forward to that more than getting the gifts.

How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
This year is going to be bigger than Christmas! We have missed so many events throughout the year: birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and other important celebrations. We can’t wait to make up for it on Christmas Day with friends, family and lots of delicious food and drinks, of course. This Christmas we will be at home and hopefully spend some time on the beach.

Kris wears Polo Ralph Lauren from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore top and Country Road shorts. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road.

Kris wears Polo Ralph Lauren from Myer. Sarah wears Scanlan & Theodore top and Country Road shorts. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road. Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen

Sarah wears Country Road dress, Scanlan & Theodore chain choker necklace, and Baby Anything earrings and fine necklaces. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road. Basil Bangs “Salt” umbrella from Top3 By Design. Christmas decorations from Myer.

Sarah wears Country Road dress, Scanlan & Theodore chain choker necklace, and Baby Anything earrings and fine necklaces. Mila and Frankie wear Country Road. Basil Bangs “Salt” umbrella from Top3 By Design. Christmas decorations from Myer.Credit:Kristoffer Paulsen

How has fatherhood changed how you view Christmas?
It’s reinvented my love for Christmas. When you get to a certain age, it does tend to lose its magic, but with children, seeing it through their eyes is so special.

What is your favourite Christmas indulgence?
I love a mince pie and thick cream – delicious.

If you could do it, what would be your Christmas miracle?
Give people back the lives they had before COVID-19.

What are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking?
A jet ski is high on my list this year, if you’re listening, Santa! And a personalised Toblerone from Myer always goes down a treat.

Stylist: Melissa Boyle. Photographer: Kristoffer Paulsen. Hair and Make-up by Blanka Dudas.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale November 29. To read more from Sunday Life, visit The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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