Julia, where is your happy place?
I can’t really say if it's defined by a single place in the world. For me, it’s more the feeling of being with those who are most important to you and with whom you can let go and be yourself. If I had to choose some far-flung destination, then I would say British Columbia. I went on an incredible roadtrip with my boyfriend and fell in love with the natural beauty of the Western Canadian province.
Do you have a special Christmas tradition?
Yes! My family has adopted many customs and traditions over the years. My mother and I always decorate our tree on the morning of Christmas Eve and listen to Christmas songs and sing whilst doing so. We also have another tradition where we watch home videos of previous holidays and family gatherings after dinner and marvel at how quickly the year has flown by.
For some, it’s a special hot beverage, for some a certain song. What puts you in the mood for Christmas?
The smell of freshly baked gingerbread and Christmas biscuits puts me straight in the Christmas mood. Then there’s my grandmother’s shortbread, coconut macaroons, cinnamon stars. This year, I even started baking in November because I just couldn’t wait any longer! I love spending cold winter days kneading dough and trying out new recipes – preferably ones with cinnamon or cardamom, both of which are smells I always associate with Christmas. Takes me right back to my childhood!