“I love Christmas,” Solenn Heussaff gushed.
She went on enumerating the things that warm her heart during the season, “Christmas decorations, Christmas songs…we eat together!”
The latter has been part of her annual tradition even after she became Mrs. Nico Bolzico in May 2016.
“Every year para sa akin, dapat masaya ang Christmas. I make sure na I spend time with family…
“Para sa akin, pinaka-important na nandoon kaming lahat as a family,” referring to her French dad Louis Paul, mom Cynthia, sister Vanessa, and brother Erwan.
Since she and her siblings are all married, her in laws are naturally part of the celebration.
It will be her first Christmas with Anne Curtis, who tied the knot with Erwan in New Zealand last November 12.
“Usually, every Christmas Eve, si Erwan ang nagluluto. It’s just him, me, Anne, my sister, my brother-in-law, very small lang kami.
Their noche buena staples include cheese and ham.
“Kailangan nandoon ang favorite ko na ham na whole boneless meat from the hind leg talaga. It has absolutely no extenders!”
The interview was arranged by one of her endorsements, CDO Premium Holiday Ham, at her condominium unit in Bonifacio Global City.
She likes her cheese with pandesal.
“Same sa ginagawa ng mom ko. It reminds me of Christmas.”
After dinner, “Opening na ng gifts!”
NO NICO. Too bad, her husband will be in Argentina for a month, so they won’t be together this Christmas.
The host/painter/designer/actress was all set to go with him but decided against it.
“Dapat pupunta ako. It’s part of my duty din as a wife.
“Pero nung makita ko yung mga gagawin ko for next year, sabi ko kay Nico na it’s not yet time.
“May one week off ako, pero papuntang Argentina, 30 hours na yung trip.
“Not worth it na nandun lang ako ng four days.”
The two have gotten used to celebrating special occasions apart.
When Solenn celebrated her 32nd birthday last July 20, Nico was in Cagayan de Oro.
Last October 3, Nico's birthday, Solenn attended a friend's wedding in France.
And this Christmas, they'll be separated by distance again. How do they manage?
“Okay lang naman sa amin kasi siyempre his family, nandun. And hindi naman ako selfish or possessive. Buong year, nandito na siya sa akin.
"It’s just one month, every December.”
BUSY 2018. One thing’s for sure, Solenn’s career is anything but relaxed as 2018 is set to be another big year for her.
She has two movies in the works, her Taste Buddies lifestyle show that is still going strong, and All Star Videoke has been extended.
Her sold-out Kalsada painting exhibit, where part of the proceeds went to the Kalipay Foundation, will be followed by another run.
She also has plans of giving art lessons to abused children on the first quarter next year.
On top of all these, she and Nico plan to have a baby, and have their house renovated.
Surely, this home will be filled happy celebrations.
“Kapag may baby na kami, I think we really need to be together na talaga especially on those special days.”