Tasmanian Senator Jackie Lambie has issued a heartfelt Christmas message that includes a glimpse into her family's unique festivities and a special shout out to her youngest son, who has struggled with the drug ice.
In the online video, the independent senator wishes Australians lots of love for Christmas Day, paying special tribute to those serving in the military.
"I hope that you and your family on Christmas Day share heaps of love and there are heaps of presents going around even for those that have been a little bit bad for the year," Lambie said.
"A big merry Christmas to our defence force personnel especially those diggers that are serving oveseas."
The former Palmer United Party representative also directly addressed Tasmanians, predicting 2016 would be "another tough year" for the state.
"For the battlers, that's a lot of Tasmania, I'll continue to fight like hell for you in the senate and make sure we get more delivered for Tasmania in 2016," she said.
"For some of you out there I understand you've lost loved ones, and there are some people out there who will be homeless over Christmas.
"They'll be others out there that are on pensions, that can't afford to put that big roast turkey on the table."
She said she felt lucky to be spending Christmas day with around 60-80 relatives, including lots of extended family, and enjoying a game of cricket.
"We have no streakers, most years, I'll be honest," she quipped.
The best part of the day, Lambie said, was mid-afternoon when "Santa comes down on his tractor".
"Whoever draws that short straw gets that gig for the day, which is great, we share that around."
A special mention was made of her youngest son, who has battled a widely-publicised ice addiction.
She described him as a "very special person".
"I wish him a very, very merry Christmas and I hope you like all you Christmas gifts that we've sent you, and I'll talk to you soon," she said.
Lambie's season's greetings come after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used his Christmas message to urge Australians to spend time with family and consider those less well-off.
The Prime Minister and his wife have issued a heartfelt Christmas message...December 22, 2015
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also released a Christmas video on Thursday in which he appeared alongside his wife Chloe.
"Most of us are lucky enough to spend this time of year with the people we love. Chloe and I are looking forward to spending time with our three children" he says.
He paid special tribute to emergency services personnel, police, firefighters and those who were giving up their holidays to work.Suggest a correction