Some of the most vivid memories are formed on holidays, and often all it takes is an object or smell to bring those memories flooding back. Minties remind me of travelling to the UK to see my grandparents; a jacket of road-tripping through California at New Year in 2017. But there’s another object that also brings back all the holiday feels: a Swiss army knife.
I still remember my first Swiss army knife, which is better known these days as a Victorinox Alox. It was heavy and maroon in colour, with more tools than I knew what to do with (or could even identify at the time). I don’t remember exactly how old I was or where it came from, but memories of fishing with my dad during school holiday are closely tied to it.
Each holiday I’d make the trip over to Perth to spend a couple of weeks with him. One of the things we often loved to do was sneak over a fence to a little-known freshwater lake just off the highway near Midland and spend hours reeling in the fish using sweet corn as bait (don’t knock it until you try it). The knife played an essential role since I often got snagged on submerged branches (or whatever else lurked in the depths of that lake).
Though I don’t know what happened to that knife in the end, the memories are still strong.
With that in mind, I want to know what objects you identify with holidays.
Is it a snow globe with the Eiffel Tower inside? A matryoshka doll from Russia?
The best answer will receive an Alox Limited Edition 2021 – Classic valued at AUD $95.95.
For a chance to win, simply answer the question below in the comments.
In 25 words or less, what object do you associate with a holiday memory and why?
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.