Jacqui Purvis, who plays Felicity Newman on the soap opera Home and Away, has had a busy year because of how many high-stakes stories have revolved around her character. When the show resumes in January, her character will be caught in a potentially fatal vehicle accident after being targeted by bikie goons.
The diva is eager to spend Christmas with her family and friends in Melbourne, where she is from after the show’s shooting for the year is over. The celebrity divulges her ‘strange’ Christmas ritual, names the worst gift she has ever gotten, and describes what a Summer Bay Christmas special might be like in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle.
The actress struggles to name the worst Christmas present she’s ever received, but she can recall a specific snow globe her aunt gave her when she was a young girl.
Even though she had first enjoyed the gift, she wasn’t pleased to discover the same snow globe the next year.
It was absolutely lovely; there were fairies and other things. It was purchased for me one Christmas by [my aunty], then the following Christmas, she made the exact same purchase.
I thought, “I already have it. You forgot, right? She recalled saying, “That’s mean.
Jacqui’s ‘weird’ Christmas tradition
The star also tells us that the big meal to kickstart the festivities off is a fancy breakfast — something that she thinks is a bit strange.
“We’ll do presents and we do this tradition that we have brioche French toast with these poached pears,” she laughs. “It’s weird, I don’t know why, it’s not even very Christmassy.”
Her family just stumbled across the recipe in a book and the tradition stuck. She’s also looking forward to catching up with her best friend, who she considers her “second family”.
“We’re really, really close, so I’ll go over to hers and have a good old time,” she says.
A Summer Bay Christmas special
The Holiday is her favorite holiday film, and she claims it contains the “perfect balance” of romance, humor, and performance.
The actress can’t stop smiling as she imagines what a Home and Away Christmas special would be like.
What would occur, and how would we observe Christmas? Jacqui speculates, “I feel like we’d get incredibly wasted, and [Felicity] would just throw a party. Everyone come over and let’s just drink and have fun, [Felicity] would say.
Jacqui continues, “I believe they would play the stealing Santa game, in which guests alternately choose new gifts or steal ones from others.”
Knowing her, she would probably steal, she quips.