"We've never had Christ­mas in the same place twice"

Jenny Col­gan, au­thor of Christ­mas at Lit­tle Beach Street Bak­ery, is throw­ing a Christ­mas party this year.

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We used to get packed into the back of my fa­ther’s es­tate car in sleep­ing bags, in the boot on Christ­mas Eve.

Can you imag­ine do­ing that these days?! We would sleep and my fa­ther would drive us down to Devon. It was so ex­cit­ing. My par­ents al­ways made such a big deal of Christ­mas, we weren’t al­lowed a list – we had to have sur­prises. We al­ways had a very tra­di­tional Christ­mas.

The best gift I ever got was an old­fash­ioned type­writer.

I think I drove ev­ery­one crazy with the sound of me typ­ing away on it!

My mother al­ways thought any­one who went to a restau­rant on Christ­mas was unloved.

Three years ago we had just had an­other baby and we were go­ing to be in London for Christ­mas so we de­cided to book a restau­rant for Christ­mas din­ner – my mother was hor­ri­fied! We went to a lovely restau­rant and had a beau­ti­ful meal and then we walked back to an empty flat that was all tidy. I thought ‘this is the best Christ­mas ever!’

We’ve never had Christ­mas in the same place twice be­cause we travel so much.

I al­ways have this thing that we’re go­ing to make Christ­mas Eve lovely – put the kids to bed, wrap presents and have a glass of wine. But of course it never re­ally ends up like that. It al­ways ends up in chaos!

The kids are al­ways adamant that they shouldn’t have to get out of their jam­mies on Christ­mas Day

but I like us to get dressed up and go out to see peo­ple. For kids it’s just fun – you can put so much ef­fort into it and even when it’s not per­fect, they’ll still have the best time.

My hus­band al­ways goes to find us a tree.

Ev­ery­where we’ve been and ev­ery­where we’ve lived I like to buy a dif­fer­ent dec­o­ra­tion so that when we put it up we have the mem­o­ries from that place. I love that emo­tional el­e­ment of it! So we’ll play mu­sic and set up the tree to­gether, but once the kids go to bed I re­ar­range it be­cause ev­ery­thing is usu­ally on one branch!

There’s five of us, and this year I think we’re also go­ing to be joined by my fa­ther and my brother which will be lovely!

We’re also hav­ing a big Christ­mas party this year – we’ve got a Ceilidh band and we’re go­ing to have a piper. I am so looking for­ward to that!

Dress, £199, Shoes £75, Dune, Neck­lace, £24, Bracelet,£14, all at John Lewis.

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