It’s the celebration time for everyone, as Christmas and New Year are just around the corners. Bollywood’s power couple-Rochelle Rao and Keith Sequeira are all set for their celebrations of Christmas.
Recently, in an interview, Rochelle Rao recalls the memories connected with this festival.
When asked about celebrating Christmas this year?
“We will not be spending Christmas with our families this year, but rather with friends. For the past few days, we've been hosting little gatherings with our friends, and we'll keep doing so. We're following Covid's rules while also visiting loved ones in Mumbai. We'll open our gifts on Christmas morning, attend church, and spend the rest of the day with our families” quoted Rochelle Rao.
Do you have any religious traditions you'll adhere to?
Putting up the Christmas tree, crib, and star outside, as well as decorating the house. In my mother's house, we used to make Christmas delicacies, which I haven't managed to replicate here in Mumbai. Keith and I have established definite traditions: we decorate the house, and a week before Christmas, we do something to aid the less fortunate. We make it a point to get each other inexpensive, enjoyable gifts. It's not about the opulence of the present, but rather something simple to demonstrate our concern.
What are your go-to candies?
When my whole family gathered together and helped my mother prepare sweets, it was one of my favorite memories growing up. We conducted the prep, such as rolling out dough and cutting out shapes, while Mum did the cooking. We were all together, creating a lot of noise, and I'm not sure how much aid we provided; we were more painful than useful. It was a lot of fun to mix the ingredients for the Christmas cake and then let it rest! Kulkuls have always been my favorite sweet.
What are the essential ingredients for a holiday meal?
Mulled wine served with roast chicken and mashed potatoes. A must-have during Christmas is Christmas cake and pudding. We've also had Turkey, but I'm not a big lover of it.
Do you have any Santa Claus-related memories?
My parents always reminded us that Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa, however, there is a wonderful anecdote about a pre-Christmas dinner we had at my grandmother's house. My mother dressed up as Santa Claus when I was six-seven years old. Everyone was applauding, and I burst out laughing. My older sister reassured me by telling me that Santa is my mother. I jumped into her arms without any fear and hesitation.
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What about Christmas is your favourite part?
Family time, as well as the fact that your home is so lovely for a few weeks. The Christmas carols and the fact that everyone contributes equally to making the day happy. You establish a bond with your relatives.