Voice of Pocklington Youth: Christmas Q&A

Today, as it would make perfect sense to, I wanted to talk about Christmas. I feel like this year has flown so fast (cliché, I know) and this month is the only time that I’ve had to just slow down and fully relax. But I wanted to give you something slightly different to what I’ve done in the past. So I decided on a Q&A.

#1 Do you do anything to countdown to the day?

Most years I just have a generic chocolate advent calendar. This year it was One Direction (I’m not sorry).

#2. When do you put up your Christmas tree and/or other decorations?

We’ve never really had a set date to put up decorations in our family but it normally happens around the 14th or 15th of December. 

#3. What goes on top of your tree?

Almost every year it’s an angel or a star, although I’m sure one year we had Homer Simpson....

#4. What do you eat for your Christmas meal and when do you eat it?

We always have a full Christmas dinner, except with Chicken instead of Turkey and Yorkshire Pudding, which are apparently not part of the traditional dinner, who knew? And it’s always for tea instead of lunch.

#5. Do you have any family Christmas traditions?

Christmas for us always starts on Christmas Eve. We go out in York (my nearest city) with the whole family and have a meal there before going to my Grandma’s house for the evening. We’re all allowed to open one present there, and have to leave the rest for Christmas Day. 

#6. Do you leave anything out for Santa? If so what?

When I was younger we used to leave out Whiskey and a carrot for Rudolph. When I got a little older I started to question why our family left Whiskey when all of my friends gave Santa milk and my dad wasn’t too sure how to answer....funny that...

#7. When do you open your gifts?

It’s the first thing we do on Christmas Day. When I was a kid I used to get up as early as I could get away with because I was just so excited. But now I’m a teenager I’ve decided that I love those few more hours in bed just a little bit more...

#8. What’s on top of your Christmas list?

This year I’m really after Glastonbury festival tickets. I haven’t been since I was two years old and it would be great to go again. But given the facts that they sell out in about 3 minutes, are £175 each and I can’t go without my parents until I’m 16, I’m seriously doubting my chances. Realistically this year all I really want is books, movies, music and chocolate (of course).

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody reading this. 2014 has been incredible and you and these articles have really helped make that. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2015! See you in the New Year!