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This year, Christmas is coming a little early for Sentinel Homes clients –when you sign up to build a new home with us before 17 December 2021, you’ll get $3k to put on the best Christmas ever! With the festive season just around the corner, we reached out to our amazing franchisees to see how they’re planning on spending the day – so you could get some inspiration on how to spend your Christmas windfall.

Faith, family, food and fun –  Maree Van de Water, Auckland North/West

Christmas is always a big affair at the Van de Waters, with a 20-strong crowd to feed and well-established traditions for the flow of the day.  

“It’s church first, presents back home. The arvo is spent preparing the big dinner of Christmas ham, chicken and a myriad of sides,” says Maree.

Dessert is “of course” pavlova, chocolate-dipped strawberries and sticky date pudding.

“Then there’s Secret Santa amongst other games, with plenty of great cocktails flowing. We go all out!”

Relaxation plus DIY for Kylie and Hayden, Wellington/Kapiti

It’ll be a mixed bag over at Kylie and Hayden’s place. Kylie is planning a“good old Kiwi Christmas”.

“Relaxing around the pool with the BBQ going and our family and friends around us…perfect,” she says.

But Hayden might have to leave the pool for later.

“We have recently completed our new home, so I will be working on ‘TheList’ that Kylie has for me!” he explains. “When I get some free time I will enjoy a beer or two and cooking on the BBQ”.

Family, friends and a few porkies at Barney Culloty’s, from Auckland Central/East

Christmas for Barney and his family is all about getting away from the big smoke. Down in beautiful Taupo at their place in Kinloch, Barney says they’ll have tall drinks and taller tales, chilling with friends and family.

“Just enjoying each other’s company and telling a few porkies!” he says. “Our two young adults will ditch the oldies for New Year’s and then we will no doubt get swamped with their friends.”

That’s OK in Barney’s book.

“The enjoyment of people makes special and memorable times!” says Barney.

Camping and fresh salmon for the O’Tooles of Nelson & Marlborough

It’s hard to get any better than sunny Nelson, where Ruary and Anna O’Toole live, but they manage it! For Christmas, you’ll find them camping in Golden Bay and enjoying fishing at Anatoki Salmon Park.

“We love all the great walks through the park,” says Anna.

Nate from Hamilton & Waikato will paddle through the day

Never mind the food, presents and traditions, Nate Alley knows exactly what a perfect Christmas day looks like – and it’s out on the water.

“I've just bought a fishing kayak, so for Christmas, I'd say we’ll be going paddling with the family at the beach!” he says.

Friends who are family (and worthy opponents) for Trudi, our Group Social Media Coordinator

Trudi’s Christmas always includes another family. It means a big bustling day with people of all ages, and lots of people to share the cooking.

But don’t think it’s all harmony – things get serious when the inter-family quiz begins.

“It becomes VERY competitive!” says Trudi.

A bonus of the co-Christmas arrangement – beautiful photos.

“My friend is an amazing photographer. So even though I love taking pictures, I let her take charge of the photo memories.”

Giving the spirit of the season for Andrew and Julia from Taranaki

With two small children, much of Christmas is about Santa, presents, and end-of-year school events at the Kuriger’s Taranaki home. But the family makes sure there’s more to it than that.

“Our girls are learning Christmas is not just about the fun things we get, but what we can do for others as well,” says Julia.

The Kurigers put together gift boxes and food hampers to bring Christmas to families who may not have the money to celebrate properly. They also welcome people into their home.

“We think about who we could include in our Christmas Day meals who might otherwise be alone,” she explains.

If you’d like to plan something extra special (maybe a spot of salmon fishing or a new kayak?) our $3,000 Christmas shopping spree promotion might help. Sign up to build a new home with us before 17th December 2021 and $3k is yours to spend. It’s just a little Christmas gift, from the Sentinel Homes family to yours (t’s & c’s apply).

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