In an interview with Le Matin from Dubai, Roger Federer talks about Christmas traditions with his family and more (translated).
On his traveling twins: “They remember things they have seen. When we arrive in Switzerland, they speak of skiing and snow seasons and falling leaves.”
On his lack of a white Christmas: “For me Christmas is linked to snow. I wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was too complicated… The key is to be together. And I’m happy because this year my parents will come to spend it with us.”
Christmas traditions in Dubai: “This morning when I left they were busy making Christmas cookies. They are really into it. Every day they open their Advent calendar boxes and count the days until the arrival of Father Christmas. They also make crafts. Snowflakes of salt dough.”
On preserving the magic of his girls’ childhood: “I don’t want them to grow too fast and they’ll become teenagers before time. They’ll be adults soon enough. I want them to play, to enjoy themselves, use their imagination. My girls love to listen to stories. And also read their own books… I see how it feeds their imagination and awaken their curiosity. Children are smart. They make something out of nothing. You just guide them on the right path.”
Roger also wrote a lovely holiday message accompanying the article. Happy 2014 to you too, RF!