Christmas Day stories from Canada Bay Club

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

At Canada Bay Club we echo these words from The Grinch – Christmas is a magical time for sharing moments with loved ones, enjoying meals with friends and helping out others. With this sentiment in mind, we asked a few Canada Bay Club staff members to share their Christmas Day activities with us.

Administration Assistant

All the trimmings

“I spend Christmas Day with wonderful friends. This special family put on the most wonderful day for their loved ones, including their six grandchildren, and there are always loads of presents. We have the full, traditional hot Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and it is spectacular. I take my homemade Christmas pudding, which I boil in the cloth the traditional way and my friend makes a delicious brandy custard to top it off. We end the day with a beautiful fresh seafood dinner when other friends join us. It is truly magical and I am blessed to have friends like this to share Christmas Day with.”

Community Engagement Officer

Share what you have

“Christmas was never a major event in our family, it was always just Mum, Dad and my brothers, so for us it was never a massive tradition. I will be working on Christmas Day this year – as I have for the last few years – which is fine by me! It allows other staff who have commitments with their own families to spend it with them. My family aren’t in Sydney so I do not feel like I’m missing that much. Presents aren’t a big part of Christmas in our family

either, as we didn’t grow up with much money, so for us it is more about being kind to people and sharing what you do have.”

Chief Executive Officer

I remember white Christmases

“I spent some of my early years growing up in the Northern Hemisphere. I have very fond memories of white Christmases and the festivities of snowy winters, but my children have only ever experienced the traditional hot Australian Christmas. This year, my wife and I decided we would take our kids to Canada and the United States and immerse ourselves in icicles, sleigh rides and snow. We will be spending Christmas Day in Whistler with a friend I’ve known for 36 years. I’m looking forward to seeing the joy on my children’s faces as they watch the snowflakes fall. My wife and I hope that when our children are older they can look back fondly on this Christmas and recall the memories we created together as a family.”

Marketing Manager

Evenings spent looking at Christmas lights

“December 1 marks the beginning of many evenings out with my children, touring our local area looking at Christmas lights – something I enjoy just as much as my children. Christmas Day is busy driving from one side of Sydney to the other and back again to spend time with all of our family. There is always plenty of food on offer, with the traditional homemade Christmas pudding, a family must-have. Making the Christmas pudding was once my grandmother’s domain with my parents carrying on this tradition, and in more recent years my father and I have made it together. Last year we used Maggie’s recipe and the pudding connoisseurs in our family, my parents, stated it was the nicest pudding they have ever tasted.”


Canada Bay Club in Sydney's Inner West has been a meeting place for the local community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1966, the culturally diverse club has grown froma small social sports centre to a club with state-of-the-art function rooms, two restaurants, live entertainment, kids' arcade, and health and fitness classes for its 20,000+ members.


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