What makes Christmas such a special day for our society friends?

As the year draws to a close, there's a lot to look forward to this Christmas, as we meet up with loved ones and family for an intimate celebration (while practising Covid-19 measures, of course). Ahead of the festive holiday, we ask our society friends what they love and treasure most about Christmas.

Christmas makes me feel special. It’s a time when I can relax and spend time with my loved ones. And I love to put up my Christmas tree—which is purple, by the way.

Angela Loh, founder of JeweLuxe

Tatler Asia



Christmas is a time for reflection, that’s very very important. It’s a time to decide what your resolution will be for the year and to also look back on the year. I count my blessings, that’s the most important thing, and Christmas really brings it up because it’s a family time.

Dick Lee, singer-songwriter, playwright and film director



What I love about Christmas is spending time with family and friends, and the food. The food is amazing during Christmas, isn’t it?

Trina Liang-Lin, managing director of Templebridge Investments

Tatler Asia
Tatler Asia



I love Christmas because it’s a happy and festive time of the year. The whole family gets together for a potluck, and then we all eat our favourite food—I’ll do a turkey, and there will be lots of fabulous desserts.

June Goh-Rin, senior consultant of neuro- anaesthesia and neuro- critical care at Singapore General Hospital



Christmas is a time of giving and receiving as well. For me, Christmas means spending time with the family, having a good time, and of course, it’s always a time for showing your kindness.

Shabnam Arashan, lawyer

Tatler Asia
Tatler Asia



What I love about Christmas is my husband Tony’s traditional Christmas turkey. My children enjoy it very much, and if they are here in town, we would celebrate together over a feast in Singapore.

Genevieve Peggy Jeffs, philanthropist



Christmas is a time when my whole family gets together. And the process of gift selection and gift exchange is pure joy. It just brings happiness to everyone.

Dana Cheong, committee member of Kidz Horizon Appeal and George Washington Ball

Tatler Asia
Tatler Asia



I love Christmas because it is a time for celebration and spreading joy. The best part is opening presents!

Kelly Keak, managing director of MTM Skincare Singapore



I love putting up the Christmas tree and gathering gifts for friends.

Nancy Ong, socialite

Tatler Asia
Tatler Asia



I love the Christmas season. Besides its religious significance, it’s a season that imparts much joy to many.

Celeste Basapa, veteran fundraiser and trustee of Estate of H Somapah




I love Christmas because it is the most wonderful time of the year. I always remember the merriment, the festivities, the presents, the feast that we have—and the turkey is a must.

Renee Tan, socialite

Tatler Asia