Television presenter Jake Humphrey, who has recently moved back to Norwich with his wife Harriet and two children, Florence and Sebastian, says they have a very unusual tradition.
“My dad started it about a decade ago - it’s the Christmas weigh-in,” he laughs. “Surely the one day of the year you least want to be weighed. It’s caused the odd argument, and while I won’t reveal who has been the biggest gainer in the last decade, I can tell you my wonderful wife Harriet has had two children and somehow ended up weighing less.
“My abiding memory of Christmas as a child was all piling into the car and heading to my grandparents’ house in Wisbech. I come from a small family, however that kind of made it feel a bit special. There were only 13 of us in the entire immediate family and it was very close-knit, loving and happy.
“We have a few traditions now with our own children. My favourite is to wrap up some special Christmas pyjamas for them, and leave them on the front step. I then go outside and ring the doorbell, letting the kids go to the door and see what Santa has dropped them on his way past. They then go to bed wearing their new Christmassy pyjamas.”
Jake, who is patron of the charity Break, will be helping to promote the GoGo Hare sculpture trail in the coming months. The charity has teamed up with Wild in Art to create the hare sculptures, 50 of which will be on display around the city in 2018, along with further sculptures in rural communities and towns throughout Norfolk. There will also be an education programme, GoGo Create, involving 150 of the county’s organisations including schools, nursery groups and clubs. The hares, which will be decorated by local artists, will mark Break’s 50th anniversary of working with vulnerable children, young people and families.
“My abiding memory of Christmas as a child was all piling into the car and heading to my grandparents’ house”