Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Christmas may be known as the most wonderful time of the year, but there is no denying that it also has a reputation for being the busiest time of the year for many. It is all too easy to get swept up in the manic rush of getting presents, organizing dinner etc. but this year, we have certainly been given time to slow down and reflect. This week some of our team got nostalgic and reflected on their favourite Christmas memories…
“My Christmas memories of when I was a little girl are when we would leave a mince pie and a small glass of whisky for Father Christmas with a carrot for a reindeer. I would go to bed very excited and then wake around 3-4 am to find Father Christmas had delivered our presents, in a pillow case behind my Mum's armchair and my sisters behind my Dad's armchair in the living room.
Now I try and make the memories for my children. Christmas Eve we go off to the Christingle church service, where my husband sings very loud and make the kids laugh. We then go home for hot chocolate and put on our matching Christmas PJ's to play games or watch a film together.”
“Growing up, my dad would always make a traditional Jamaican breakfast every Christmas morning. My favourite part was always later in the day when my family would all sit around the tree and my dad would put on a Santa hat and read out the presents for everyone. The love and gratitude shared every year is truly magical. We always have a late start because there would always be someone still wrapping presents! As a child, I would itch with impatience and excitement but now it just makes me laugh because only my family could be wrapping presents on Christmas day!
As I’ve gotten older, my favourite parts of Christmas have stayed the same, and are enhanced by some glasses of prosecco!”
“I don't have potentially a favourite Christmas, I'm quite a scrooge when it comes to this time of the year, but my favourite one was when I was married. We pretended to both sets of parents we were going to the others, so neither felt left out. And instead spent Christmas alone, we didn't have a lot of money at that time, so set each other a limit of £40 we could spend on each other. We put a tent up in the living room, ordered Chinese food, and wore PJ's all day whilst opening up around 40 £1 or less gifts. Useful ones, silly ones, and thoughtful ones. It's the least exciting Christmas I probably ever had, but it's the one I treasure the most.”
“The best Christmas memories for me are Christmas with family snuggled up by an open wood fire, singing and candle lights. Deep snow and using a kitchen tray as a sleigh down the slopes. Not needing expensive presents just fun - This shows my age!”
What are your favourite Christmas memories? If you find this season getting too hectic at any point then just remember to take a moment to reflect on your favourite Christmas memories and we hope that this Christmas you are able to make many more!