Our Friday Focus of Christmas around the world brings us home to dear old Blighty, and our traditions here at International Compliance Training HQ.
We have many stories of happy Christmases with our loved ones (we also have a few stories involving too much eggnog that we won’t go into here!), so we thought we’d share what we get up to on 25th December.
Jennifer Trenery, Content Marketing Manager
‘Christmas used to involved plenty of champers, masses of food and festive movies, but since my daughter came along it’s now very much focused on her. Christmas with children is simply brilliant! We get up (too early!), have breakfast – usually along the lines of eggs benedict – open our gifts, put on a Chas and Dave Christmas album and have a dance around. Then, I get cooking for the whole family. We don’t tend to have turkey, being the Christmas rebel that I am, and instead often have beef. Dinner is an early one, followed by lashings of chocolate, and plenty of wine and play with the little one’s toys. Board games are a firm favourite in our house, so once Eden is in bed it’s Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly – usually followed with heated ‘debates’ (let’s call them that) about someone inevitably cheating! Bliss!’
Jason Morris, Research and Development Manager
‘Mine and my siblings’ families always congregate at my sister’s house on Christmas Eve to exchange all the gifts, mainly the ones for the children. It’s been a tradition for many years, and usually involves lots of food, a few Christmas tipples and plenty of noise as the overly excited children sort out the mountain of gifts they’ll be taking home with them. We always leave later than planned too, meaning my kids are often in bed quite late on Christmas Eve!’
Justine Henry, Marketing Executive
‘Like almost all special occasions in France, Christmas is all about food! In my family, the main festivities happen on the night of Christmas Eve, when we gather around the table and have a six or seven course meal with plenty of wine and champagne until late. There’s no sprouts but foie gras, smoked salmon or scallops instead! We don’t have crackers, wear Christmas jumpers or listen to Christmas songs but we exchange gifts, get tipsy and have a great time with family I don’t get to see as often as I would like to, living in the UK.’