The smells of frankincense and myrrh are the epitome of Christmas Eve for me.
If I close my eyes, and conjure these heavy scents, I am transported to a darkened chapel, with candles flickering in the pews and the local choir singing festive hymns.
It is no longer the traditional midnight mass, instead the service starts at a more acceptable time of 7pm, but the essence of that cheerful scene will always be a prominent part of Christmas Eve for me – a traditional catholic midnight mass ceremony, followed by the extended family get together.
Whilst my parents and their siblings discuss cooking the turkey, and of course which wine is best to serve with said turkey – the cousins track Santa on their phones and run giggling underfoot, swapping stories and dreams of toys they wish to unwrap the next day. It is mayhem and bless my grandparents for putting up with us each year, on Christmas Eve! I think the spare bottles of wine we leave is the only reason they continue to host…
Christmas Tales by Kathy Hiscox – Personal Assistant at Corney & Barrow
Christmas Eve is often something of a whirl: children in a state of frenzied excitement, grown-ups scurrying around frantically, preparing for Christmas Day. To conjure that magical Christmas feeling in all of this, pour yourself a glass of refreshing Riesling from Thanisch in the Mosel, and keep things mellow with Elephant Hill’s silky Syrah…
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