Saturday, 21 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

We're really looking forward to Christmas and hope you are too! We asked some of our friends and colleagues at Creative Content for their favourite things about Christmas....

Chris Nickson, writer (Broken Token; Solid Air; Emerald City): “As my son lives 5,500 miles away - in Seattle - the best part of Christmas is talking to him on Face Time. Of course, he's already opened his presents well before the day...”

Maureen Carter, writer (Bev Morriss series): “Does finding Johnny Depp in my Christmas stocking every year count? (Okay, it's always a calendar, but calendars are useful and . . . cute.). Seriously, there's not much I don't like about Christmas, but long fabulous meals round a table filled with loved ones, followed by riotous word games and much laughter probably takes the biscuit - or the mince pie!”

Daniel Raven-Clift, designer: "Wrapping presents. I’ve always been a bit artsy-fartsy (according to my mother) and I like making presents look nice. I’m big on ribbons, bows, tissue paper, tiny boxes and sweet little bags and tags. And not to big myself up too much, but they are actually show-stopping. Or head-turning at least. Give me a yard of raffia and three sheets of crepe and I’ll make your eyeballs pop out."

Al Muirden, sound editor: “I like the Christmas spirit - generally, people seem to become much more friendly and helpful in the lead-up to and during Christmas - I like that, it's what Christmas should be about, not the commercial spendfest that it's become...”

Paul Kent, director and writer (The Lowdown: the EU – Should We Stay or Should We go; Voltaire; Montaigne): "Christmas Day lunchtime round the pub with friends, then staggering home and trying to remember how to cook; and reading books that are the literary equivalent of a warm bath - like Pickwick Papers or the poetry of George Herbert." 

Hilda Lolly, writer (Gracious Lies): "My teasel and pinecone centrepiece. I made it when I was a girl and I’ve trotted it out every Christmas since. No, it’s not the prettiest thing in the world – some would say it’s a monstrosity – but I love it. This year I’ve treated myself to a brand new cinnamon scented candle and I’m looking forward to inserting it on Christmas Eve. Gently, of course - it’s practically an antique and I’m hoping to get a few more years out of it yet!"

Ali Muirden, publisher and audio producer: “I like the lead up the week before best. Putting up the decs and tree, making lists of last minute things to do, then on Xmas Eve we always have my best friend and her family round for supper. Then on Xmas morning waking up to see if 'he's been'! Then on Boxing Day a nice walk in the fresh air with my family to walk it all off!”  

Lorelei King, actress and writer: “Midnight Mass – Latin, preferably sung by the choir of St Etheldreda’s church in Holborn. Magical and meaningful.”

Hilda Lolly's festive short story, "66 Steps to Mother" is available free for Christmas. #YuleLoveLolly

Card designed by Daniel Raven-Clift

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