Christmas might feel a little bit weird this year but the team here at Hampton is still getting into the festive spirit! We have been thinking about what Christmas traditions we have built throughout the years and thought we’d share some with you.
For Jaye, Julie and Nikki it’s all about food and drink. Chocolate Orange, Baileys, and cheese – to be precise! Jaye has a Chocolate Orange for breakfast … yes – before anything else! Whereas for Nikki, her morning coffee gets a special addition of Baileys to kick start her day. And although Julie’s festive traditions are generally quite inconsistent – her consumption of cheese over the years is fairly consistent!
Christmas dinner is the focus for Georgie and her family, and they spend Christmas Eve preparing everything. Her dad gets up early and collects all the ingredients from their local farm shop and then the fun really begins! With Christmas tunes on and a mulled wine in hand this well-oiled machine gets to work.
Every year, Rhona H dusts off the CD player and digs out the BHS Xmas party mix i.e. the greatest Christmas compilation of all time! Last year her family tossed out the old CD player and replaced it with a wireless speaker and she thought that might be the end of their Christmas tradition – but amazingly someone has recreated the entire playlist on Spotify so the legend of the BHS Xmas party mix lives on!
Pantomimes are a favourite with a few of the team. Scott and his family go for lunch to Books and Beans and then to HMT for the panto. Meanwhile, Kara has also tied it in with celebrating her brother’s birthday. They always request a birthday shout-out for him and after years of embarrassment, he now refuses to go!
For Suzanne, she actually met her (now) husband while working front of house at HMT. On 23rd December – known as Eve’s Eve – the team would get its festive outfits on and head across the road to the Noose & Monkey … even on Eve’s Eve in 2017 when she was due to give birth to her first child, Suzanne even managed to head along to catch up with everyone.
Back in his twenties, Pete’s tradition was a Christmas Eve meal out in his hometown of Nairn with a large group of old school friends. Of course, this turned in to a major ‘sesh’ and resulted in a massive hangover on Christmas day… but with baby Jax joining his family this year, it’s time to start their very own traditions. Maybe something like Jack’s? On Christmas Eve, Jack’s son Noah receives an early parcel from Santa containing a cosy dressing gown, teddy and book – and not to forget the all-important reindeer food!
Susan and her family always go for a nice long walk and play board games at night. Our Julie also loves a game of Heads Up on Christmas Day – that’s a must!
Some festive traditions are a little bit different in Hungary. When she was younger, it was on Christmas Eve that Agnes’s parents would secretly decorate their tree while she and her siblings were performing in the church nativity. And food wise – it’s all about the paprika and poppyseed! From fish soup and fish & chips to stuffed cabbage and aaallllll the desserts. Their special family tradition is to have mákos guba on Christmas Eve. A delicious bread pudding sprinkled with poppyseeds and drizzled with sweet honey – what a treat!
Although we might not be able to celebrate all of our festive traditions this year, Team Hampton is excited to see what new traditions we might spark into life for 2020 and beyond!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas from us all!