“I like to start watch­ing Christ­mas films in early De­cem­ber”

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Good Morn­ing Bri­tain pre­sen­ter riChard arnold lives in lon­don. i adored Christ­mas as a nip­per. like ev­ery child, i was up at the crack of a spar­row’s cough. one of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries is sleep­ing with one eye open as my fa­ther strug­gled to hang a pil­low­case at the end of my bed. and box­ing Day was al­ways a great caper with my cousins. lots of games played be­fore set­tling down in front of a movie. some of my fond­est mem­o­ries are of mum, dad and i at a small ho­tel in maryle­bone in lon­don with all the lo­cals be­fore i moved some­where big enough to have a din­ing ta­ble. the streets of lon­don are de­serted over christ­mas and with the cap­i­tal swept of peo­ple, it’s won­der­ful wan­der­ing around un­der the twinkly lights. the year dad passed away, i couldn’t bear to cook at home with an empty space at the ta­ble, so i booked mum, my other half and i into Clar­idge’s. We were up­graded to the most in­cred­i­ble suite with a tree, a pi­ano and a cross-stitched blan­ket for our cock­apoo clem­mie. I cried when I walked in the room.

i start watch­ing Christ­mas films in early de­cem­ber. I kick things off with Na­tional Lam­poon’s Christ­mas Va­ca­tion, via Love Ac­tu­ally, Mir­a­cle on 34th Street and on christ­mas eve, It’s a Won­der­ful Life.

i’ll be cook­ing at home this year after tak­ing mum to aus­tralia last year for a trip of the life­time. We also have a crack­ing lo­cal pub full of reg­u­lars. Dad was an east en­der, and I cer­tainly take after him when it comes to hav­ing a good old knees-up! w&h

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