When we moved to Cumbria in 2014 we didn’t notice a particular difference in any Christmas traditions. However, on our first Christmas here we were amazed to turn up for work on December 1st to find that the ‘Bothy Elves’ had come into work early and transformed ‘yon Bothy’ into a Christmas Wonderland.
In the words of a true Cumbrian… “Having ratched throu’ aut Christmas decorations and they hedny bust a bauble anywhere, we had a full-on tree, big enough that if it cowped ower we’d avva queer scrow! Tinsel ligging ower every surface and paper chains hanging fret ceiling tiles. T’old desk chairs were even done up like Christmas thrones. Then of course Christmas jumpers and aut Christmas music when’t on and on fer ivva!”
Or translated into English… “Having looked through all the Christmas decorations and not broken a bauble anywhere, we had a full-on tree, big enough that should it fall over we would have a terrible mess. Tinsel laid over every surface and paper chains hanging from the ceiling tiles. The desk chairs were even decorated as Christmas thrones. Then of course the Christmas jumpers and endless Christmas music!”
Having now realised the enthusiasm with which Christmas is embraced we have ‘not a word about Christmas before December’ policy!
Now we are well into December though, I thought I’d share with you some of the Bothy Christmas trees. They’re all a grand fettle and it seems that several members of the team have colour co-ordinated trees in vanya every room off’t hoose!
And not forgetting our fabulous range of Christmas jumpers modelled by the team!
I hope that your Christmas preparations are going well, despite the strange times we’re amang. The local parish ‘as decided to have an afternoon where we can gan for a deekabout (nee Hikey Dikey thou due t’ social distancing lark) nebbing at everyone’s outdoor Christmas decorations, with a prize for the best dressed house. Large inflatable snowmen, Christmas banners and Father Christmas shimming up t’side of’d house are appearing! The pressure is on, but I think I’ve left it too late. I finally persuaded my husband that we could have some lal’ deer which light up but there’s nin t’be fun… aas gunna ave to get imaginative!
Lots of love & Christmas wishes,