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DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Added 194 days ago. 14 December 2021

When the last meal has been delivered on Christmas Eve - how do our team members like to spend Christmas? Some of our staff from across the country share with you their favourite traditions and memories.

 

Brett, Loughborough

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Ours was to leave a mince pie and glass of sherry for Santa. And to leave a little sack of presents by the kids' bed and a bigger one downstairs. 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
When biting into my Christmas pudding at my Nan's house one Christmas I bit into a six-pence that was planted in the pudding and my tooth broke! I then bit my tongue and couldn't finish my Christmas dinner.

Favourite Christmas movie?
The Snowman. However, I'm partial to a bit of Zulu or The Alamo!

Favourite Christmas Song?
Last Christmas by Wham

Nikki, Redhill

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
There is always 12 or more family for Christmas dinner at my daughter's house. It's very hectic but I would not have it any other way! 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
One year we had a record 16 for Christmas dinner. All the cooking was going smoothly. Much merriment and prosecco later, I serve up. Turns out I had forgotten to switch the vegetable steamer on - Brussels like bullets!

Favourite Christmas movie?
Christmas at Downtown Abbey and The Great Escape

Favourite Christmas Song?
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues

Jo, Cricklade

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
I love having all the family together for a yearly game of Monopoly which usually takes 4 hours to complete! We don't have dinner until the Queen's Speech has finished and on Boxing Day it's Christmas films with cheese and biscuits. 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
When I was little, my father disliked Christmas that much, that we couldn't have a Christmas dinner that year and ended up having fish fingers, chips and beans!

Favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Favourite Christmas Song?
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues

Karen, Bristol

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Even though my boys now are now 22, 25 and 30 I still fill stockings for them - it just wouldn't be the same without them and they love the silly little knick-knacks inside. 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
A flooded kitchen floor! I left the water running to do the washing up and forgot as I was playing silly party games with the kids.

Favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone

Favourite Christmas Song?
Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade

Richard, Blandford

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
I love to dress up as Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and visit our youngest family members as darkness falls. I tap on the window to get their attention and do silly things in the garden to make them laugh! 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
On my first ever Silly Santa visit to my first grandson I got spotted by a group of young lads who shouted: 
"That's not the real Father Christmas - let's get him!" I had to leg it back to the car! It's a dangerous job being Father Christmas!

Favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone

Favourite Christmas Song?
Blue Christmas by Elvis

Brian, Peterborough

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Every Christmas morning, I have pork pie and ham for breakfast. It must be because I was born in Melton Mowbray! 

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
In 1983 my dad asked me if I would like a computer for Christmas. I said no, thinking it would cost too much. Twenty years later dad told me he had already bought me a Commodore 64 computer but as I said I did not want a computer he returned it to the shop. We always laughed about it.

Favourite Christmas movie?
Elf - my family and I watch it every year.

Favourite Christmas Song?
Silent Night - it holds a special place in my heart as it was my mum's favourite.

Richanda, South Devon

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Spending time with all of my family and friends - eating, drinking and being merry!

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
My cat once knocked over the whole Christmas Tree when she was trying to play with the baubles. She didn't even learn the first time and then went to do it again - bless her!

Favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone - it's such a classic.

Favourite Christmas Song?
Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea

Vanessa, Great Dunmow

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
I like going to church on Christmas morning. I also love having a real tree filled with decorations and it certainly isn't Christmas without a tin of Quality Streets!

Do you have a Christmas disaster story?
I once served the turkey upside down! It took me a while to figure out what had gone wrong, I thought it was just a bad turkey with not much meat on it.

Favourite Christmas movie?
The Grinch.

Favourite Christmas Song?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

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