"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.
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.