'I'll watch a Christ­mas movie sit­ting by the tree with some mulled wine"

Prin­ci­pal dancer for Scot­tish Bal­let, Bethany Kings­ley-gar­ner per­forms on Christ­mas Eve.

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On the night be­fore Christ­mas the gar­den would be dec­o­rated with fairy lights when I was grow­ing up.

We would sing carols round the tree – it was a big fam­ily get-to­gether. My sis­ter played the pi­ano and we’d sing along.

We have a mati­nee per­for­mance ev­ery Christ­mas Eve, the at­mos­phere is al­ways amaz­ing!

It’s such a fam­ily feel­ing be­ing with all the other dancers and team – we all dress up for class. In the even­ing I’ll watch a Christ­mas movie, sit­ting by the tree with some mulled wine. Then we have a few days off to re­lax – the pointe shoes get hung up on the tree for a few nights!

On the run up to Christ­mas I spend ev­ery day dressing up for per­for­mances, but there’s still the to­ken Christ­mas jumper.

It has lights on it and ev­ery­thing. Christ­mas py­ja­mas too, of course! Get­ting the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion boxes out from the loft is one of my favourite days of the year. I have a real tree but now that I have cats I might need to get a fake one!

I cook on Christ­mas day.

I get my apron on and I al­ways make my own mulled wine. I usu­ally cook tra­di­tional turkey – but this year I’m go­ing to go for a ham with the trim­mings.

I al­ways go over­board with the spend­ing.

I like to spoil ev­ery­one as much as I can! We do a Scot­tish Bal­let Se­cret Santa so I love buy­ing presents for that. I adore wrap­ping! I’ll take a whole night and get ev­ery­thing out – rib­bons, ac­ces­sories, pa­per, and put some Christ­mas mu­sic on.

I al­ways read The Night Be­fore Christ­mas on Christ­mas Eve.

That’s my fam­ily tra­di­tion. With my job it’s dif­fer­ent ev­ery year, but I al­most al­ways spend it with fam­ily.

As a kid I al­ways used to have to put my Christ­mas out­fit on be­fore open­ing presents, and I still do that!

Then it’s time to open the presents. A Christ­mas movie will go on and I’ll Facetime any fam­ily and friends who aren’t with us. In the even­ing we get the fire on, and I al­ways get to set the Christ­mas pud­ding on fire!

Dress £1,099, Ele­ganza Sposa, ele­ganza.co.uk Cre­ative: Becky Goldinger at Colours Agency. Photographer: Eve Con­roy. Styling: Na­dine Hawkins

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