Our Nannies share their favourites Christmas movies and family traditions

December 6, 2019

Here at The Nanny Diary, we just LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas, and everything that comes with it! We love the songs, the movies, the cooking, the stories, the family time, the presents, the decorations and just the palpable joy in the air. It really is the most magical time of the year! We asked our nannies to share their favourite movies and family traditions, as well as a cute festive photo to get into the spirit! 





Favourite movieThe Santa Claus. So many good memories watching this over and over every Christmas time with my brothers!


Christmas traditionEvery Christmas our family will have a game of ‘Kris Kringle’ but with a twist! Everyone brings a wrapped novelty gift and puts it in the middle of a circle. Everyone then chooses a number out of a hat and whoever has number 1 goes first in picking a present. As the game progresses people can use their turn to steal a present or choose one from the middle. So much fun!




Eliza Rogers


Favourite movieLove Actually and The Polar Express!


Christmas traditionMy family Christmas tradition is that my Grandy always makes a bottle of Advocaat for us to enjoy over a Christmas lunch








Ellie Sandford-Smith


Favourite movie - I have many favourite Christmas movies. But I LOVE “Love actually” and “The Polar Express”. My sisters and I have a list that we watch in the week leading up to Christmas very year.


Christmas traditionEven though we are all adults now, we still put the milk and cookies (or a beer and some chocolate) out for Santa on Christmas eve. We also spend a night as a family putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the inside of the house.Santa still comes and visits our house too. We always wake up on Christmas day with a few goodies in our stockings.





Alexa Lyons


Favourite movieThe Night Before Christmas by Tim Burton


Christmas traditionMaking Truffles 








Taryn Kelly


Favourite movieElf


Christmas traditionMy grandma always used to collect her loose change throughout the year & she would divide it between us 9 grandkids & that would be our Christmas present. We always had to count it to make sure there was no favouritism!! We’d all end up with about $12 each but we loved it.


Madeline Whenan


Favourite movieMy all time favourite Christmas movie is Elf, something I would watch with my sisters every year during the Christmas season!!


Christmas traditionIn our family it is tradition every year to hang our Christmas stockings on the fire place, we continue to do this even as we all grow older. As we put the Christmas tree up every year, we listen to the Hi-5 Christmas album that was released over 18 years ago! When we were younger we would also leave out a carrot for Rudolph and a beer with a cookie for Santa Clause.





Kaylie Simpfendorfer


Favourite movie - Elf


Christmas tradition - Peter Coombe's Christmas album played all day 









Casey Knight


Favourite movieGosh, this is a hard decision! The Santa Claus is definitely up there as one of my favourites. I do love Christmas with the Kranks as well. Clearly anything with Tim Allen!


Christmas tradition - Santa Claus brings my siblings and I a board game every year, then we spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day playing them together as a family. We always put out a light beer for Santa on Christmas Eve because we know he is driving the sleigh and has to be under the limit! 








Lili Roach


Favourite movieElf


Christmas traditionWhen I was young my poppa would dress up as Santa Claus every year, and deliver presents for my siblings, cousins and I.










Kate Krelshem


Favourite movieLove Actually - I’ll always consider it a Christmas movie and the best one!


Christmas traditionEvery year for as long as I can remember my family and I always have gone for a drive up to Lobethal to look at the Christmas lights and see the markets down the Main Street. We also always make a massive batch of gingerbread men and ice them all different!







Isabella Dichiera


Favourite movieMy favourite Christmas movie is definitely Miracle on 34th Street! I remember watching this from just a little girl and every year I make sure to watch it (more than once!)


Christmas traditionI come from an Italian family, so every year a tradition for us is to come together and make traditional Italian food - especially my favourite, Zeppole. Definitely the best time of the year!





Brooke Penney


Favourite movieHard to choose just one but I do love Christmas with the Kranks


Christmas traditionIHoney biscuit making, Christmas lights is a must!! Watching the carols on Christmas Eve and always having to go to bed when Santa arrived. Also my boyfriend's mum has a whole shop with Christmas Gifts that they make and it’s the best part too being able to see all the amazing things



From all of us at The Nanny Diary, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful Christmas break with your families! Thank you for all of your support in 2019, we're so grateful to have the best clients in the world. 


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