Every family has its Christmas customs, those little traditions that have been passed down the generations.

Perhaps it’s that moth-eaten angel which must always sit at the summit of the tree, or maybe you still hang up stockings for Father Christmas even though the kids left home years ago.

In the Braddy madhouse there are so many Yuletide traditions to be kept it can be hard to keep up. One of our annual routines is the compulsory viewing of at least one film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. I prefer the version with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge. Whenever I watch it, I wonder at how much of that Victorian Dickens Christmas remains part of our own twenty-first century family festivities.

On page 44 of this tinsel-laden edition we reveal how elements of that Dickens Christmas may have originated here in Yorkshire.

Enjoy this month’s festive read and, whatever your own traditions, I hope you have a very merry Christmas!


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This month’s great features

On call at Christmas
TV’s The Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, recalls his first Christmas as a newly qualified vet

Best in glass
Helen Johnson visits a glass workshop where you can make your own Christmas decorations

A stitch in time
Andrew Gallon meets the stitchers who are creating Yorkshire’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry

Baby talk
Bestselling Yorkshire author Gervase Phinn tells the tale of two Christmas births

What the Dickens?
Adrian Braddy discovers how Yorkshire may have helped shape the Dickens Christmas

Village stories
Helen Johnson goes to a village that puts storytelling at the heart of its Christmas festivities

Talking Yorkshire
Legendary York pantomime dame Berwick Kaler talks all things Yorkshire

Over Hill & Dale
Take a guided walk around Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire

My Best Day Out
It’s an emotional walk on the moors of Calderdale

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