What are your plans for Christmas 2020?
For Christmas 2020, I am actually being in Goa. I celebrated Swedish Christmas day on December 24th. I spent some time with my Swedish friends in Goa. They had invited me for Christmas because I couldn’t go back home to Sweden. That’s how I am celebrating Christmas in Swedish-Goan style. This time, I decided to come to Goa and spend Christmas time here. It’s actually the first time I am spending in Goa during Christmas. It’s pretty exotic and fun. It reminds me of ‘Malang‘, the whole story was during this season.
How do you usually celebrate the occasion every year?
In Sweden, we have this tradition, basically saying that dad has to step out to go and buy the newspaper. He steps out and then suddenly Santa Claus turns up. He comes with up all the gifts so basically it is dad who turned into Santa Claus. We all act like oh it’s bad that dad is missing out and missed seeing him. When Santa Claus leaves, dad comes back with the newspaper. Then we open up all the gifts. This always happens in the evening after the heavy Christmas lunch that we have.
Do you also play Secret Santa amongst your family or friends? Any particular gift you loved the most?
As a child, I used to get lots of gifts. The most favourite gift was when my parents gifted me a new pair of figure skating shoes. It was a really good brand and literally the best one. I was happy because for me figure skating was like a world, it was everything. I was so grateful for my parents that they gifted me like the best pair of figure skating shoes.
Can you recall any cherished memories of Christmas?
When I was 6 years old, I got too many gifts. I remember, I was so excited about it that I got so many presents. It was so much fun just to open all of them. I can’t really remember the age but I must be 6 years old or something. Also, the one where we celebrated our Christmas with my Greek grandparents.
If you want one actor and one actress from Bollywood and Hollywood to be your secret Santa, who would that be?
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