Christmas can mean so many different things to different people. For some their favourite part is giving and receiving gifts, while for others their favourite memory revolves around the Christmas pudding or glazed ham. But what I love most about Christmas is the time I get to spend with loved ones – sitting around the table, laughing at the silly Christmas cracker jokes (how come they’re always so lame?!), sharing stories and catching up up on the year. It’s that quality time that is always at the centre of all my favourite Christmas memories.
With Christmas just a week away, I asked a few of my family and friends to share their favourite Christmas memories. Enjoy!
My favourite Christmas memory is… “Sprat catching with my cousins in the dinghy at my grandparents house by the estuary on Christmas afternoon.” Annaliese
My favourite Christmas memory is… “Sleeping outside at the bach as a young boy with my little dog under the bed.” Stephen
My favourite Christmas memory is… “In Europe, going door to door on Christmas Eve singing Christmas carols while it’s snowing.” Luke
My favourite Christmas memory is… “Sitting in the lounge with my family and the growing little team of grandchildren, as we unwrap presents, listen to Christmas music, eat lots of ham, turkey and salads, and light up the Christmas pudding with brandy!” Laura
My favourite Christmas memory is… “Decorating the Christmas tree as kids and guessing what gifts we got from riddles/clues my grandma would give us on Christmas Eve.” Monique
My favourite Christmas memory is… “The Christmas we were in Rome and went to St Peter’s Square for the Christmas Eve Mass. A crowd of thousands had gathered and in the hours we waited we listened to a host of languages around us. Some smoked, some argued, some laughed uproariously, some flaunted themselves to others. But when Pope Gregory sent cardinals out into the square to offer the public the Mass – in that moment we saw a transformation in the crowd. Some wept, some knelt, all attention was on the men dressed in gold who brought the elements to ordinary people. It was a most moving moment.” Cathy
My favourite Christmas memory is… “As a child gathering with the extended family at our family bach for lots of sun, playing with our toys and grandma’s truffle.” Sophie
My favourite Christmas memory is… “Preparing food with my siblings and parents in mum and dad’s kitchen. It’s a memory that evolves and is added to each year as we go through the festive season once more. The heart of the home is where the true magic of conversation, food tasting, laughs, tears and selfies come together!” Georgi
I’d love to know, what is your favourite Christmas memory?