The festive period has officially arrived and we could not be more excited! In the run up to Christmas we’ll be talking to authors, Linda Green, Jill Mansell, Jo Thomas and Holly Miller about Christmas traditions, presents and books for next year. To start spreading the Christmas joy, we asked our authors what’s their favourite thing about the festive season.
Linda Green, author of One Moment
Spending time with my family. My husband and I are both self-employed and my teenage son is always busy with drama classes, rehearsals and filming, so it’s a rare treat for the three of us to have a couple of days off together. Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the festive season and we usually go to the theatre and for a nice meal. Christmas Day involves a lie-in, a walk in the glorious West Yorkshire countryside, followed by a late veggie mezze lunch and snuggling in front of some good films with Booja Booja chocolate truffles on hand!
Jill Mansell, author of It Started with a Secret
I have loads of favourite things about Christmas, but driving around at night looking at decorated houses is right up there. I think people who do this are always lovely people, and the more extravagantly sparkly their homes are, the more I love them. (And yes, of course we decorate ours – if people wouldn’t think I was mad I’d happily keep them up all year!)
Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You
Christmas tunes have got to be up there. The cheesier, the better. A bit of Mariah, a few bars of Buble, and I’m happy. Oh, and carte blanche to eat mince pies for breakfast throughout December.
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Jo Thomas, author of Coming Home to Winter Island
What is your favourite thing about the festive season? I love getting the Christmas Tree. We usually go to a Christmas Tree farm and choose it as a family. It’s the start of festive season. I just love the smell of it filling the house. And then of course, my other favourite time is cooking the Christmas dinner! A glass of bubbly, in the kitchen, BBC Radio 2 playing whilst the family either walk the dogs or go to church. That quiet time in the kitchen as the smell of turkey fills the house like a great big hug is my favourite time.