Australia's richest woman has revealed that she is celebrating Christmas with her son, despite their bitter legal battle over her billions.
Gina Rinehart, worth $ 13.81 billion, has written a cookbook with the name Things We Love together with dozens of farmers who work in her agricultural business.
She also has a section entirely devoted to Christmas, which offers a unique insight into her domestic life.
Mrs. Rinehart, 65, says she enjoys a European-style party before spending Christmas Day at the pool with lots of ice and drink.
The richest woman in Australia (pictured in a photo from her new book) has revealed that she is celebrating Christmas with her son, despite being in a bitter legal battle with him over her billions
Gina Rinehart, worth $ 13.81 billion, has written a cookbook called Things We Love with dozens of farmers (some of whom are pictured) working with her farm
Writing in her new recipe book, the proceeds of which go to drought-ridden farmers, Rinehart says her son John, 43, is coming on Christmas Eve.
& # 39; My mother played the piano very nicely. For decades since her very sad loss, John has played Christmas songs on our piano for us on her birthday, & she writes.
& # 39; John is also kindly visiting Chrissie again for the evening, to play hymns on our piano for us and to participate in our Chrissie Eve turkey and plum pudding! & # 39;
Mrs. Rinehart is currently stuck in a legal battle with her two oldest children, John and Bianca, over the billions of her mining company – but this does not stand in the way of festivities.
& # 39; Given the heat on Christmas Day, our tradition has been for many years to enjoy our turkey with its horns and bells on Christmas Eve, & # 39; she writes.
Gina Rinehart celebrates 90 years of Royal Flying Doctor Service, to which she donates money
& # 39; Every year we place our hot turkey on the same beautiful turkey plate with lid that my mother and her family had used decades before.
& # 39; And what a nice run-up to Chrissie Day, with the turkey flavor around the house. & # 39;
Mrs. Rinehart says she likes to prepare her house by hanging stockings, putting cards on the fireplace and wrapping presents to put them under the tree.
The details are revealed in Mrs. Rinehart's new cookbook titled Things We Love
She gets a lot of her decorative inspiration from her late mother, Hope.
Returning from Christmas as a child in the countryside of Western Australia, she writes: & My mother always placed our tree with Chrissie lights by the window so that we could see when we walked home.
& # 39; I loved walking down our driveway with my father and mother and looking at our Chrissie tree through the window. Sometimes father and I would have races back home. & # 39;
She said that her and her mother enjoyed polishing silver together and that she traditionally succeeded with her children.
Mrs. Rinehart also describes her & # 39; tree lighting & # 39; ceremony that she organizes every year.
& # 39; For the tree lighting ceremony, my daughters and daughters walk to the Chrissie tree to lift the smallest to place the angel on top.
& # 39; With the tree bursting in the light, I especially like Oh Holy Night to guide. This beautiful carol is one of my favorites, & she writes.
On Christmas Day herself, Mrs. Rinehart says she enjoys a & # 39; fast but delicious local brekkie & # 39; mainly toast and marmalade.
Then friends visit and gifts are opened before some members of the family go to church.
Mrs. Rinehart, 65, says she enjoys a European-style party before spending Christmas Day at the pool with lots of ice and drink. Pictured: her turkey recipe from her book
She then serves a late lunch to finish the turkey the night before & with lots of garnishes, cranberry sauce and stuffing & # 39 ;.
Everyone wears Christmas crackers for meals, followed by cold plum pudding with brandy butter and thick cream.
Mrs. Rinehart says that the afternoon is spent by the pool with ice creams before wine and champagne is served with traditional Christmas cake.
Alan Jones was on a book launch in Sydney on Monday – and described Mrs. Rinehart as & # 39; the largest living Australian & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is not long before we have another round of the Queen's birthday and the name of Gina Rinehart never appears and you have to wonder why, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I have known Gina for a long time. She is a beautiful lady, I think she is probably the largest living Australian.
Radio presenter Alan Jones poses at the launch of Things We Love: a collection of recipes and stories from the parsonage of Hancock and Kidman on June 17 in Sydney
& # 39; She is an authentic Outback girl. & # 39;
In October 2014, Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock started legal proceedings against their mother because she had wrongly moved precious mining assets from one trust to another trust in which Mrs. Rinehart had a significant financial interest.
Mrs. Rinehart denied the allegations and based on two acts signed in 2006 and 2007 claiming to release two children in exchange for financial benefits granted to them.
In May of this year, the court ruled that the dispute could be dealt with in public.
On Christmas Day herself, Mrs. Rinehart (photo) says she enjoys a & # 39; fast but delicious local brekkie & # 39 ;, mainly toast and marmalade
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