After a challenging year for everyone, many Australians are eager to finish 2020 on a festive high note — Sophie Monk included.
The actor, singer, radio and television host, who most recently appeared on Masked Singer: Australia, has already put up her Christmas decorations at her Central Coast property in New South Wales, which she shares with her partner of two years, Joshua Gross.
But that’s not the only Christmas tradition the Aussie talent embraces.
“Fairy lights — I’m obsessed with them. Also Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, I listen to it all year round like a dork,” Monk said.
“I love the weather, people are in a good mood. I love all holidays for the excuse to dress up and have fun with costumes.”
When it comes to sharing her gift-giving expertise, the Fudge ambassador rejects the notion presents have to look perfect under the tree.
“You don’t have to be a good wrapper. I buy really good presents but I’m terrible at wrapping, which actually makes the gift stand out more,” she laughed.
With state borders reopening and domestic travel returning to normal, Monk believes there is more reason than ever to appreciate Australia’s own backyard.
“I think we’ve all just got to enjoy being at home and luckily in Australia we’ve got great weather,” she said.
“We have the best holiday destinations in Australia, so even though we can’t travel [abroad], we’re so lucky that we have such amazing beaches at home.”
With her forthcoming role as the host of Channel 9’s reboot of Beauty and the Geek Australia, Sophie is optimistic for the year ahead and is contemplating a return to music.
“I think all of us hope next year will be better in every way,” she said.
“I’d love to do a bit more music and just keep entertaining people.”
For more Christmas tips and tricks, check out the December edition of Wellness+, included in today’s paper.