A MORNING WALK ALONG THE BEACH, a eucalyptus wreath at the door and seafood and salad for lunch. Claire Alexander-Johnston may be British born, but her Christmas celebrations are as Australian as they come. The dynamic mother-of-four – who, thanks to her funny and honest accounts of life with young kids, has amassed a huge Instagram following under the handle Jetsetmama – spends each festive season with her young family at their beach house in the NSW coastal town of Brunswick Heads. “It’s a classic Australian ‘bricks and tiles’ house from the ’70s, sandwiched between the river and the ocean,” says Claire. “When we’re here, we get to live this incredible outdoorsy life – surfing, swimming or ducking to the river for a stand-up paddle. It’s always loud, chaotic and colourful!”
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