Matt Tebbutt, chef and TV presenter, on starting Christmas at the pub
“I’ve cooked the last couple of years, and I really like doing it. I like getting down to the pub in the morning. Obviously we weren’t allowed to do that last year, were we? Which was a shame. But this year, hopefully, that’ll be back on the cards. Yeah, go to the pub, come back, late lunch. Try and kind of make the day quite long, really, glass of Buck’s Fizz in the morning, or two or three. Stick the dinner in, have a walk to the pub, a couple of pints, rush back, try and put it all together, and then just a late one, so you don’t have to worry about the evening.”
Writer Julia Donaldson on surrounding herself with kids: “We always watch the [BBC One] animation on Christmas Day, but I think mainly it’s just fun playing games. We play this game called the adverbs game, where one person goes out of the room and the others think of an adverb, like, if it’s just for very little children, you might say ‘happily’. And then they come back in, and they ask you questions, and you have to answer ‘happily’ – or it could be something like it surreptitiously. So we just do those sorts of things, and charades. It’s very much a family time. We’re going to Scotland this Christmas to see our son and daughter-in-law up there, who have six children – all 10 and under. They’ve got about 25 or more cousins, so there will be loads and loads of children around!”
Presenter and actor Amanda Holden on keeping the traditions going
“Christmas Day starts early and it’s normally me that’s up, not them [the kids]. We all have stockings, including the rabbits. We’ve got two rabbits and a dog and a cat. So, Father Christmas is very generous. And then we normally open everything and I will have a Buck’s Fizz while we’re doing that. I like to make smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast, which no-one eats, but I still like to do it. They all like going to play with their toys. And then I love starting to cook the dinner quite early, in an apron, with my mum, with Michael Buble playing! We have a nice lunch at the proper time and then just chill the rest of the day, really. Play with the toys and watch Christmas telly.”
Comedian Rob Beckett on his Christmas food order: “This year, my mum and dad will be coming to us for Christmas dinner. I love staying in at Christmas. We have two trees – one in the kitchen, one in the front room. We have lights at the front and loads of presents. We normally get all our brothers together on Christmas Eve [four brothers] so that’s a big event. I treat myself to a Marks & Spencer’s food order – that’s the big middle-class Christmas. I pick it up on Christmas Eve, like a big posh sod. I would never have admitted that until recently, because I would have been scared that people would have thought, ‘…….