What do Thorunn & DJ Don Simon think of Christmas?
Over the coming weeks, while counting down to Christmas, wort.lu/en will ask Luxembourg’s well-known personalities what they’ll be doing for the holidays. Each interviewee will receive the same questions and be asked to complete a sentence to give the reader an idea of, or even inspiration for, what the coming festivities might look like.
This week we chat to Thorunn Egilsdottir (singer, actress and radio/TV host) and DJ Don Simon, aka Simon Larosche,(also DNR DJ and newsreader) about their plans, traditions and memories.
Where will you be celebrating Christmas this year and with whom?
While Simon says: “Christmas is not for me”, and thanks his mother for stopping the whole “shebang” when he was about 10 years old, Thorunn will be celebrating the holidays in Luxembourg with her family. Larosche is not that much into carols and pudding, as he thinks “it’s too hyped-up and commercial”. “However, birthdays, New Years', National Day, St.Paddy's, Halloween, and weekends...” is something DJ Don Simon won’t miss.
When: the 24th or the 25th?
“In Iceland the 24th is the big day”, Thorunn explains, and accordingly her family will celebrate it that evening. In Iceland the 25th is “2nd jol". For the skeptic radio host Simon, those days are a perfect opportunity to “take advantage of the empty roads and go and have a meal at my dad's”. Nevertheless, he hasn’t been entirely robbed of the holiday feeling the last years as his “girlfriend's family is well into Christmas”, which they celebrate on the 25th.
What do you traditionally eat at Christmas? This year?
Thorunn didn’t tell us about her upcoming Christmas dinner, but Simon suggests cooking up whatever you feel like that day, “...how about: roast parsnips with lentils, carrots, onions and feta cheese?”
What is your biggest wish for Christmas?
Simon wants to travel back in time and Thorunn wants her family to stay healthy. Yet, before Larosche goes all medieval, he’s looking forward to “Melusina's X-mas party, which has nothing to do with Christmas at all”.
What's the best present you ever received?
Boys will be boys and Simon’s best gift was the He-Man Castle he got back in 1988. Thorunn’s best present was a wooden tree horse, which she received at the age of 7. However, “my brother broke it a couple of days later!” the “Bandits”-singer sulks.
What's the best gift you ever gave?
Thorunn takes her time trying to find the perfect gift “that fits”, whereas Simon, who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, sticks to giving “birthday- or spontaneous presents”.
Please finish the sentence: Christmas is for me....
DJ Don Simon: … a time in winter, close to New Years'
Thorunn: … family time.