Thompsons on Christmas Day, Games and Presents

Interview: Jared Wilson
Friday 03 December 2021
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Christmas Day
The first thing we always do is go to church. We might not go every Sunday, but we love going to The Good Shepherd on Christmas Day. Then we have lunch, which is obviously turkey and all the trimmings; it would be wrong to cook anything else. Although anyone that has mashed potatoes rather than roast is vile. Then it’s the highlight of the day: The Queen's Speech. Her message is usually about inclusivity and togetherness, which is marvellous. Then as it gets later on we have a few glasses of champagne, some pork pie and play some games together.

Christmas Games
We don’t own computers so we’ve never played computer games. Scrabble used to be a favourite, but we played it too much when we were younger and now we’re traumatised by it. One year we were given the Colditz board game as a Christmas present and none of us, not even our mum or dad, could work out the rules. Another year it was A Question of Sport and we all quite enjoyed that, although it just ended up with everyone shouting. There were also the really simple games when we were children like when our parents got hard peas and put them in piles around the house. Whenever you found a pile you had to make lots of farm animal noises and the team with the most peas won. It was mayhem.

Christmas Presents
We never buy anything for each other for Christmas. What’s the point? It’s nice to receive gifts, but there’s nothing we want. If we actually need something we already have it. We did buy some birthday presents for each other this year, but that was a one-off. It won’t happen again.

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