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The Art Of | Traditions

THE ART OF
Traditions

Rushing down the stairs to open gifts, the smell of mince pies fresh out the oven and bundling up in your warmest clothes for afternoon strolls.; there are so many things to love about the festive season.

We sat down with our three founders to find out about their much-loved Christmas traditions.

 

Liz Mint Velvet

 

Liz Houghton
Chief Executive Officer

How do you and your loved ones celebrate Christmas?

We celebrate with my extended family, so it’s usually a full house with up to 25 people. There is lots of noise and tons of wrapping paper!

What Christmas tradition has passed down in your family through the generations?

It’s the Christmas Day walk after a big lunch; kicking the autumn leaves in the air and then returning home to a log fire, some tea, and to open more presents.

What is your fondest Christmas tradition?

We always decorate the tree as a family, usually accompanied with loud Christmas music, cocktails and mince pies to keep us going.

 

Lisa Mint Velvet

 

Lisa Agar-Rea
Brand Director

How do you and your loved ones celebrate Christmas?

Altogether with lots of food, drink and kids!

What Christmas tradition has passed down in your family through the generations?

Ring on a string! It is a terribly silly game…you sit in a circle holding a loop of string with a ring on it and you secretly have to pass the ring to the next person without the person in the middle seeing who has it. The best (worst) bit about this game is everyone has to sing awful songs while playing it!

What is your fondest Christmas tradition?

I most love being woken up by my daughters, Lauren and Mia, at 5am on Christmas morning singing ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’! They still do this even now when they’re 16 years old.

 

Jane Mint Velvet

 

Jane Rawlings
Creative Director

How do you and your loved ones celebrate Christmas?

Early on Christmas Eve we have a drink at our favourite country pub alongside a roaring fire, then we return home to watch ‘It’s a wonderful life’!

Christmas Day means everyone in the same bed (including our dog ‘Bear’) to open stockings and one tree present. We then have a late lunch with whole family.

On Boxing Day. we go for a walk in the woods and countryside near our house and definitely play silly games in the afternoon.

What Christmas tradition has passed down in your family through the generations?

Going to choose the tree at a local farm is my family’s tradition. We put a woolly glove on the tallest and fattest tree that is ‘chosen’ to be dug up. Our age-old family story is that a magic fairy hides a few tiny presents in the tree throughout December and on Christmas Eve only one is allowed to be opened.

What is your fondest Christmas tradition?

Boxing Days with my grandparents – they would always come to stay over and we would squash into our very small lounge and he (my grandfather) would do a slide show-projected onto the wall of all our family holidays and baby photos.

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