On the forth day of Christmas…

…and in the spotlight today is the much-loved Heath McKenzie. Heath is a Melbourne based artist and best-selling illustrator of books for children. He is inspired by movie posters, 50s and 60s commercial art, Japanese signs, cartoons (anything animated, really!) and toys, toys and more toys. He is also loves Converse shoes.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Increasingly a desperate attempt to chase it down and enjoy it for a moment amidst the days leading up to it that seem to get more crowded and crazy every year! And presents and food!

What was your favourite Christmas present ever?

Oooh – HARD question, and so soon in the questionaire. So soon that I’ve gone completely blank and can only recall birthday presents right now. Nup – no idea…but it can only have been awesome!

What was your worst Christmas present ever?

Good question – possibly something practical and sensible when I was a kid – therefore only toys and impractical things were what I wanted!

What book will you be reading this Christmas?

The Aussie Nutcracker – clearly.

If you ever had the chance to meet Santa what would you say?

Uuuum – keep up the good work – merry Christmas?! (That’s’ a lot of pressure to come up with one thing to say…I think I’d need about a year to narrow down the most worthwhile statement for this rare and momentous occasion.)

Did you ever appear on Santa’s ‘naughty’ list…if so, what did you do?

Surely never!

Did you ever sneak a peek at your Christmas presents?

Nope. Felt, shook and touched them an awful lot, but never snuck a peek.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Probably the chestnuts one…not to say I’ve ever experienced majority of what it goes on about.

Have you ever kissed someone under the mistletoe?

Probably – there’ a fair bit of it about so I’m sure at some point – yes.

What food do you always eat too much of at Christmas time?


If you could invite 5 people to your Christmas dinner who would they be?

Santa (obviously…), Jesus (it is his birthday I suppose!), Nigella Lawson (someone has to cook), Jim Henson (then it could be a very Muppet Christmas) and Nat King Cole (music.)

Which reindeer is your favourite and why?

Rudolph. I know little to nothing about the backstory of the others so can’t really judge who’d be the better reindeer – so go with the popular choice!

If you had your own reindeer what would you call it?

Arthur. Why not? Good solid name.

What decoration do you put on the top of your Christmas tree?

Ummm – lately, it’s a star.

Visit Heath’s website to see more of his fantastic illustrations (and a photo of his converse shoes) www.heathmck.com

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7 Responses to On the forth day of Christmas…

  1. Shirley Marr says:

    hello Heeeeaaaath! I’ve noticed that so far no ones claimed to be on Santa’s naughty list 🙂

  2. MELANIE says:

    Nobody wants to be on santas naughty list so everyone been well behaved this year:)

  3. Irene says:

    Yes, I agree, Christmas or rather leading up to it is a crazy time. We all run around like headless chooks to get everything done.

  4. Sam Whitehouse says:

    I eat too much shortbread too, and Arthur is a solid name for a reindeer. Good choice! Merry Christmas 🙂

  5. I visited Heath’s website. Delightful Illustrations. I just love the cute Crocodiles!

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