'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.
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