By Trevor Rigley, Community Mission Manager 

Christmas this year for our family will be bittersweet. On the one hand, as the father of a toddler, it’ll be filled with excitement. It’ll be the first year Tilly will experience the full magic of the festive period. I can already see wrapping paper flying through the air to the sound of whoops, cheers and giggles. In her very expressive and enthusiastic little voice she’s already talked about Santa bringing her a kitten, I guess she’ll just have to be good and wait and see.

On the other hand, this’ll be the first year without both Granddads or “Nandads” as they’ve been affectionately known in our house. I lost my father a few years ago and sadly my father in-law a few months ago. It will be a year of firsts, but it does give us a chance to make it extra special. Both Grannies have been invited and a big lunch is planned.  

Mince pies will be devoured throughout the day, it’s a rare known fact that Izzy was pregnant over Christmas with Tilly and mince pies were her craving. Not just any old mince pies though, it had to be our in-store baked mince pies. In fact, you could say that Tilly was born a healthy 10lb 7oz all because of the short crust deliciousness.  

We’re quite traditional and Christmas dinner is a big affair. Pate on toast to start and then a huge turkey will all the trimmings – and I do mean all the trimmings –  sprouts, pigs in blankets, roasties, parsnips, mash – the works. Then we’ll have some cake, Christmas pudding and possibly a trifle for afters. It’s worth adding here, that with three mums in the house, I’m staying well out of the way of the kitchen. I’m very much not needed. I plan to amuse myself with Tilly and the kitten watching the Snowman.  

I’ve no doubt that the day will bring tears of both joy and sadness as stories are told and fun times recalled, but days like these are about making memories as much as remembering them and having our family together is really what Christmas is really all about.  

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  1. This is such a lovely story Trevor. Thank you for sharing it. Sorry to hear about the loss of your nandads. I chuckled at Izzy devouring mince pies. I’m not a fan of mince pies, but I have been known to eat the shortcrust and leave the filling 😂 Wishing you and your family a wonderful and memorable Christmas!

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