Each Christmas, many NRMA Patrols are out on the road making sure you get to your Christmas celebrations. For a change, we thought we’d highlight those Patrols enjoying a rare Christmas day off the road.
Prawns by the river
With a four day break up his sleeve this year, Patrol 338 John will be heading down the coast to where he has a couple of caravan sites booked for his family for their first Christmas together for five years. “We’ll prepare a ham at home and pick up some prawns and oysters from a great seafood farm next door to the caravan park”.
Patrol 705 John S and his wife will drive to Canberra for Christmas to enjoy Christmas lunch with family. ‘We’re bringing the prawns and ham as our contribution. We’ll stay to the end of Boxing Day and no doubt the Sydney to Hobart yacht race will be on the TV in the background,’ he said.John worked the afternoon shift in the city last year. ‘We had our family Christmas together the week before. I joined the other Patrols during a quiet time on my shift on Christmas Day and we ate pizza at a restaurant in Liverpool Street.’
It will be a full house again this year for Patrol 157 Patrick and his wife when their four children, two with partners, and their granddaughter, arrive to stay at their home for Christmas Eve and lunch the next day. Patrick worked 25 December last year but came home for his meal break to eat Christmas lunch with his family. This year he can relax after lunch.
This year Patrol 524 George will be home to enjoy Christmas and is looking forward to having one or two limoncellos (Italian lemon liqueur). George plans to dress up as Santa, as he does every year, and give out presents to his family.Last Christmas Day George enjoyed lunch with his family and then went back on shift.
Christmas Eve feast
With a Greek dad, Italian mum and his Brazilian wife , Patrol 719 Sam’s house will be a hive of activity from 5pm on Christmas Eve. ‘About 30 family members and friends will come over and everyone will bring a dish,’ said Sam.‘We’ll eat and have secret santa and countdown to midnight. The kids usually stay up because they’re so excited. We’ll sleep until 10am the next day and then visit friends and sit by their pool all Christmas Day.’
Patrol 748 Enzo will be sharing the cooking of the Christmas family feast with his family this year.‘To us, Christmas is all about getting together with family. ‘It’s a continuous eating festival of Australian and Italian food: roast turkey, ham, chicken, pavlovas, Christmas cake, lasagnes and pasta dishes, BBQ, cannoli and panettone, homemade Italian fruit cake. And lots of lollies and sweets for the kids.On Christmas morning the Letos will go to church and then family will come for lunch and a game of cricket in the backyard. Then in the evening, more family will arrive for dinner and a swim to top of a wonderdul day.
What’s your ideal Christmas Day?
In the event of a breakdown over the Christmas period, the NRMA will be working around the clock to get you back on the road. If in need, call 13 11 11 or download the NRMA Road Assist app. And remember to say Merry Christmas to your patrol.