Welcome to a very special Festive Feature on my blog, where every day up until Christmas some of my favourite authors will be sharing what they love most about the festive season, including their favourite films, food, music, presents, memories, books…Plus much more!
I’m delighted to welcome another of my favourite authors from 2014 to my blog today, the lovely Christine Stovell…
My Three Favourite Christmas Traditions by Chris Stovell
When my younger daughter married in April this year, the best man – her new brother-in-law – thanked ‘all eight of our parents for being here’ which rather demonstrates why Christmas can be a bit of challenge in our large, blended family where hearts are tugged in all directions. I’m pleased to see whoever turns up, but I’m equally happy for people to be where they need to be. Although we might not be a traditional family, there are three Christmas traditions I hold dear.
The first is that Christmas begins when I start playing Christmas music! ‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’, from Handel’s Messiah and ‘Gloria in Excelsis’ from Vivaldi’s Gloria are synonymous with Christmas morning. Then I like to wheel out the cheesy old crooners like Dean Martin singing, ‘Let it Snow, Let it Snow’!
Secondly, I love the moment when I can put up my favourite Christmas decoration. My parents rarely took holidays when my sister and I were growing up; there simply wasn’t enough money to go round. In later life, however, there was no stopping them and my dad took great pleasure in the growing number of pins in his travel map of every place they’d visited. I love this nativity scene, which they brought back from Peru for me, not just for itself and because it’s so jolly, but because it reminds me of Mum and Dad’s beaming faces (under Peruvian hats!) when we picked them up from the airport.
And finally, we live in such a beautiful part of the world here on the west Wales coast, that Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a bracing walk. We have a fabulous beach right on our doorstep… to be fair, it’s an easy walk downhill but a bit of hike back, but, hey, what better way to prepare for all the Christmas eating and drinking!
Thank you for having me here, Holly, and for your support throughout the year. Wishing you and your readers a very Merry Christmas!
An enormous thank you to Christine for this fabulous piece (I’m not at all jealous of that beach…) ♥