The Australian Women's Weekly Australian Women's Weekly Christmas 2018

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2 min
merry christmas!

When it comes to festive cheer, there are two kinds of people. Those who squeal with delight the moment the first over-eager shopkeeper strings up tinsel. And the ones who bah humbug anyone so much as whistling a few bars of Silent Night before December 24. Having seen our photo above, there are no prizes for guessing which category we fall into. It’s my second year working on The Weekly’s iconic Christmas issue, and I’ve already noticed some very clear traditions that come with this particular honour. 1. Fran’s famous ham lunch. Each year the team eagerly gather around the meeting table, awaiting the jangling of our Food Director’s trusty Test Kitchen trolley. With a flourish, a linen shroud is lifted to reveal a glistening glazed ham with all the trimmings…

3 min
in brief news bites

Modern family TWO PHOTOS capturing three generations of the Royal family have been released in honour of The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday. Prince Charles celebrated at a luncheon hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and reflected on the landmark birthday in a recent edition of Country Life, which he edited. “I have reached the biblical threshold of three score years and 10, with all the scars that go with it,” he wrote. He also revealed a passion for pheasant crumble pie. “I invented a grouse one recently, as well as moussaka with grouse – in other words, groussaka.” SHE’S CAMERA REDDY Filming has begun for I Am Woman, the biopic of pioneering Australian singer Helen Reddy (above, right). Tilda Cobham-Hervey (The Kettering Incident) was snapped in Sydney in costume (above, left)…

1 min
australian legends

NEW GAME Naomi Watts, 50, will star in the upcoming prequel to Game of Thrones. The new series will be set thousands of years before the original. HALL OF HEROES Sports chameleon Jana Pittman has been inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions. Jana took up bobsledding after retiring from athletics to become the first Aussie woman to compete in the summer and winter Olympics. LEMON SMILE The Wiggles are backing a call by Annabelle Potts, five, to raise vital funds for brain cancer research. Suck a lemon and hashtag #lemonfacechallenge to support Annabelle.…

11 min
home for christmas

Up in Sydney’s north-west lives a little black dog named Mu-Shu who is about to be hugged within an inch of his life. Two of his adoring owners, Maddy and Briella Luk, haven’t seen him in almost seven months and they’ve missed him dearly. The sisters checked into The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on April 18 to begin months of gruelling, life-saving treatment. Now, they are coming to the end of their journey and excitement about a reunion with Mu-Shu is building. “He always licks me,” says Maddy, eight. “She likes it when he kisses her,” Briella, five, adds. Maddy and Brielle were born with diastrophic dysplasia, which affects their bones and cartilage, and causes dwarfism. They also have kyphoscoliosis – spinal curvature – which, if left unattended, would have crushed their…

5 min
tales of christmas past

Jessica Rowe, Peter Overton, Allegra & Giselle Jessica Rowe knows how to play to her strengths. The TV presenter and self-confessed “crap housewife” leaves the cooking to her extended family when it comes to Christmas preparations, preferring instead to focus on the important thing – the trimmings. “I love a theme,” Jessica, 48, grins. “We dress up our three cats, we have a fantastic talking reindeer that sings carols whenever you walk past. The girls (Giselle, eight, and Allegra, 11) and I do the tree. I’ll put on antlers and we’ve got great glasses with Chrissy trees or ‘Ho Ho Ho’ written on top of them.” “Honestly, you should see our house,” chips in Giselle. “Whenever I go to other people’s houses they have matching decorations. But we have everything.” The rest of Christmas…

11 min
jacki weaver nothing to prove

Jacki Weaver has a terrible hangover. She was out last night with “the Senator” – aka ex-husband Derryn Hinch – and can’t remember when she got home. “But I went to bed alone, you’ll be pleased to know,” she says with a laugh. Jacki has a colourful history in the infidelity department, but she’s apparently a new woman with husband number four, South African actor Sean Taylor. “I’ve never cheated on this one,” she says. Fifteen years of marital monogamy, she reckons, is a pretty good effort: “It is for me!” An Australian stage and screen star since the ’60s, Jacki knows her personal dramas have threatened to eclipse her professional achievements in the past. But that was before her breakout role as sociopathic crime matriarch, Smurf Cody, in 2010’s Animal…