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Merry Christmas!

20 DEC
Christmas tree

The trees are up, the halls are decked, the Tesco deliveries are booked; we’re ready for Christmas. This is our last day at the office and tonight’s our staff Christmas meal at the lovely Rustique restaurant in York, so, yeah, we’re pretty excited.

‘What are you brightfivers up to over the holidays?’ I hear you cry. Channelling my inner journalist, I interviewed my co-workers to answer this burning question...

Si

How will you be celebrating Christmas?: I have a massive family (I’m one of six so plus everyone’s kids that’s 25 of us in total), so it will be...pleasant chaos. 
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: Well, I’m buying myself a telly but I’m hoping Santa might bring GTA 5.
Favourite Christmas song?: ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey, and the one where the duck screams “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” [we worked out this meant ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade...apparently it was once used in an advert with a duck. Yeah, I don’t get either]

Ellie

How will you be celebrating Christmas?:  We don't have any sports clubs for two whole weeks  [Ellie’s whole family are all insanely active] so it will be very relaxing! My son’s birthday is really close to Christmas too (he’ll be a teenager!) so we’ll be having a family party.
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: The red dress I chose
Favourite Christmas song?: Loads! Mariah Carey - ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, Elton John -  and ‘Step Into Christmas’ and  Shakin’ Stevens - ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.

Jamie

How will you be celebrating Christmas?: Relaxing with my wife and son.
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: Some nice shirts, GTA5, some turkish delight, some lovely jelly sweets…[this was quite a long list actually, I stopped writing them down].
Favourite Christmas song?: ‘I believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake [Jamie then proceeded to sing this at me, loudly].

Katie

How will you be celebrating Christmas?: We’ll get to spend lots of time with the family - everyone together from age 1 to 85! On Christmas Day I’ll hopefully get up before my daughter Tilly, so I can put on all the lights and make it look Christmassy. Then there will be Bucks Fizz and about 16 hours of Tilly opening all the presents she will get. Then Christmas dinner with the in-laws and everyone out by 8pm so I can get into my PJs and watch Dr Who.
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: What I ask for every year - some new pajamas, a book and some chocolates.
Favourite Christmas song?: ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ by Frank Sinatra.

Simon

How will you be celebrating Christmas?: It feels like we’ve started Christmas early this year as Katie and I have just got back from Swedish Lapland where we went to see the Northern lights and stay in the Ice Hotel.
On Christmas day - we’ll be woken up by our daughter (unless she sleeps until half ten again - phenomenal!), me and my lovely wife will have a bottle of bubbly and present mayhem.
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: I’d quite like a 1984 Porsche 911. Probably ain’t going to happen though.
Favourite Christmas song?: The Band Aid song. The original 80’s one, of course.

[Then I had to interview myself, which was a bit weird].

Sophie

How will you be celebrating Christmas?: Me and my partner Ian will do what we’ve done the past few years - eat some lovely food, rest, eat, rest and repeat.
We’ll spend Boxing Day with my family (including my little niece and nephew!) and lots of old friends will be coming back to town as well so there’ll be some good pub trips over the holidays.
What are you hoping Santa will bring you?: A Sat Nav - I’ve only just started driving and I’m a bit sick of getting lost.
Favourite Christmas song?: It’s not a cheeriest but ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell is the best Christmas song there is, surely?

As a Christmas gift to you all we’ve compiled a Spotify playlist of some of our favorite festive songs (perfect for all your Christmas party needs) - enjoy! 

We’re very lucky to enjoy a nice long Christmas break so the office will now be closed until 6th January. Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2014!