For Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Christmas is the time for memorable family gathering in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Christmas is, of course, the day that Jesus is born,” Jasmine told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during the launch of Smart Life at the Powerplant Mall in Makati City.
She continued, “But at the same time, it’s also the right time to celebrate family, the joy of life, the joy of our saviour and… just happy times.”
Having said that, Jasmine expressed her excitement over flying to Australia together with her sister Anne and their brother to celebrate Christmas with their mom, Carmen Ojales.
Jasmine was eight when their parents, Carmen and James Curtis-Smith, separated.
Jasmine told PEP, “I’ll be going home to Australia this Christmas and then I’ll be back here for the New Year’s countdown.
“My ate, my brother, my cousins, we'll all be in Australia.
“My mom, ayun, puwede ako mag-Pasko dun so I can come back for work on New Year’s Eve.”
Jasmine will be back in time for TV5’s New Year’s countdown, “We have a countdown in Quezon City Memorial Circle.”
The Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo star says that she’s not a person who keeps a wish list, but if there’s one thing she wants for Christmas, it’s to have a longer stay in Australia.
She told PEP, “Sana dun na rin ako mag-New Year’s eve.”
UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS. Jasmine singles out the year 2010 as the most unforgetable among her memorable Christmas celebrations.
As she related, it was a joyous occasion as usual with her family on Christmas, but Anne’s surprise gift for her was the cherry on top of the icing.
Jasmine got her first Christian Louboutin shoes.
The young actress recounted, “My ate gave me my first designer shoes in… 2010 Christmas.
“Yun, she gave me my first designer shoes and I was ecstatic.”
In her interview by Myxph.com, Jasmine also made special mention of her 2012 Christmas when she went on a two-month vacation with her family in Chicago.
Jasmine recalled, “We went to the States.
“My mom, my brother, all my cousins, my tita, and my tito.
“We spent it [Christmas] there together.
“We toured the States together.
“And that was my Christmas gift, a two-month long vacation in the States.”
CHRISTMAS TRADITION. The Kapatid star said that Noche Buena is definitely an important part of her family’s Christmas celebration.
“Noche Buena with the family is always a must,” Jasmine told PEP.
“Whether it be with my family or Erwan’s [Heussaff] family.
Erwan is the boyfriend of her sister Anne.
“Yun, kapag kasi kaming dalawang lang ni Ate before, nakiki-noche buenca kami kina Erwan,” she related.
It is also a tradition in her family to do charity works during the season of giving.
The TV5 actress has been doing socio-civic activities with World Vision since 2012.
This year, Jasmine will be going around different communities to celebrate an early Noche Buena.
She said, “We’re gonna go around with World Vision to celebrate Noche Buena… early Noche Buena with kids."
Her Christmas wish for mankind, “Happiness… positivity, yun na lang, para it’s broader.”