How Will Amelia Singer Be Spending Christmas This Year?
As we continue to celebrate the countdown to Christmas, we caught up with our very own Amelia Singer to find out her Christmas traditions and how she’ll be enjoying her time over the festive period.
Are you on the naughty or nice list this year?
Amelia: The naughtily nice list is always the way to go!
What are you asking the big man for?
Amelia: I never know what to ask for! I love experiences so if my family can plan some awesome fun times either at the theatre or at an interesting music event or new restaurant then I will be over the moon. Working abroad just makes me appreciate family time even more acutely.
What does a regular Christmas day look like in the Singer household?
Amelia: A Christmas meal which goes on for at least 5 hours! It’s a day which combines my hybrid heritage of American and Central European via traditions and food fare. New England seafood salad, tomato cabbage and rich chocolate desserts will all make an appearance as well as the goose and sausage stuffing!
What will you be pairing with your Christmas dinner this year?
Amelia: We still have some incredible Austrian Gobelsburg Tradition Gruner Veltliner left over from my sister’s wedding. This concentrated and complex Gruner will go fantastically with the goose. I also have a magnum of Littorai Pinot Noir which I want to open as a nod to my last year living in California. It’s also a fantastic companion with turkey and devils on horseback! And with the pudding course – NOT port but Ben Rye made by Donnafugata on Pantelleria (island off Italy) . It is such a complex and intriguing wine; full of ripe and rich notes of apricot and peach followed by sweet sensations of dried figs and honey and aromatic dried herbs. It will be great with the sweet desserts as well as the cheese board.
What will be your go to wine glass to enjoy this delicious wine?
Amelia: Well obvs Richard Brendon X Jancis Robinson are the best all round glasses go to. At my parents’ place though we have a hodgepodge of glasses from aesthetic but not completely functional 1930s coups to functional Riedel and Zalto. In all honesty, our house at Christmas is a buzzy open house so as long as I can get a hold of a glass or two… I will be happy!
What would be your top tip for hosting a successful Christmas day?
Amelia: Have the main meal at 5pm. That gives you plenty of time to open presents, prepare the meal, get changed into party gear and actually enjoy the day with whatever traditions you want to incorporate. Have cold cuts/ cheese for a simple lunch which people can help themselves to but let the main event be late afternoon.
Did you enjoy reading about Amelia’s Christmas traditions? If you enjoyed this, you’ll also enjoy discovering what our very own Joe Fattorini gets up to over the festive period. Catch up with Joe here.