It's a very JESSE Christmas...
Get out that tinsel and update your wish list ‘cos it’s time of the year again! And with the silly season just around the corner, we thought it only fitting to share some Christmas cheer with the hottest young thing in Australian soap. Neighbours star, JESSE SPENCER tackles 10 of our toughest…
What’s your first XMAS memory?
I can only remember recent Christmases. The earliest one I can remember was probably back in 1986. It was really good. We didn’t actually go anywhere special, we had Christmas at home, but it was a nice family thing. We always have a big family Christmas together.
Have you ever been busted sneaking a look at your presents?
No, I never cheat and look at what I’ve got before Christmas. It’s much more fun to open them on Christmas Day if you don’t know what you’re getting. I love the element of surprise.
What’s the best present you ever got?
Well, when I was a lot younger I got a Spider Man suit. God, that was ages ago, but I loved it. He was my hero. He still is my hero actually, but I don’t wear the suit anymore! I grew out of it. I think the worst gift I ever got, or the most boring, would have to be a pair of pyjamas.
Why does Santa wear red>
Well, Santa came from Saint Nicolas and I reckon they changed his name and then the colour he wears to red because it’s bright and it attracts children. It was definitely a marketing ploy!
Can you name all of his reindeer?
Oh, no! I’ll try. Let’s see there’s Dasher, Dancer, Donna, and um. hang on, let’s see Donna, Dasher, Dancer, Donna (Er… you said that one – Ed.) … Oh, and Rudolph. Dancer (Yep, you said that one too! – Ed.) and Dixon or something. Ha! I can’t remember. There was a rhyme to remember it, but I’ve forgotten.
What’s your idea of the perfect Xmas?
Going up to the bush and eating Christmas dinner with the flies outside the house!! Then going to the little local church, it’s a wooden building with a tin roof and that’s where you meet all the neighbouring farmers. Christmas Day is usually really hot, about 35 degree and the land is hot and dry and dusty, so a swim in the local dam finishes off the perfect day.
Did you leave cookies and milk for Santa when you were little?
Yes, sure did. Actually, it was Christmas cake and milk. I’d get up and check it the next morning at about five am. The cake and milk were always gone and so were the carrots we left out for the reindeer. One year there was even some fresh reindeer manure on the front path!! Santa and his reindeer always left plenty of evidence that they were real. I always tried to keep a lookout for him, but I never saw him. He was too quick for me.
Why isn’t there any mince in fruit mince pies?
For the same reason that there is never an empty queue at the supermarket checkout. That’s just the way life is – especially if you make the mistake of having to buy commercially made mince pies.
When did you stop believing in Santa and how did you find out?
What do you mean stop! University studies have proven Santa not only exists but keeps coming as long as one doesn’t publicly doubt the old man’s existence. Just remember, Santa, this year I want a new surfboard!
Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
Yes, to get fit. I think I’m going to try and become a vegetarian, just to test my willpower. I want to see if I can do it because I really like meat, so it’s going to be a challenge.
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