ADVENT DAY 24: How wild spend Christmas
Christmas Advent Day 24
Happy Christmas Eve! It's the final days of advent, and to get ourselves into the Christmas spirit we've spent some time chatting to a few members of the Wild Beer team. 2020 has been a strange year and so we wanted to spread some festive cheer with a few stories on how we're hoping to spend Christmas this year...
Lena - from our Packaging Team (and her cat Tor)
Normally I spend Christmas with my family in Germany. Traditionally we celebrate Christmas on the 24th in the evening, we eat too much Raclette and enjoy each others company, after dinner we open presents and then we relax some more. We normally play a lot of different games, card games, board games, puzzles, we don't care as long as we can play, or we try and solve ridiculous math problems, like every family, I'm sure ;) This year though I'll be spending Christmas with my new, smaller family. We will be enjoying duck breast together and I'll be indulging in some lovely beers I saved for this occasion. I'm looking forward to giving my cat, Tor, his new toys and play with him, afterwards we will lounge on the sofa, just what cats are born to do and I'm not too bad at it either ;)
Fröhliche Weihnachten everyone! - Lena x
Nick - London Sales Manager
It's the end of the calendar year and spirits are in the sky. London now in tier 4 means sadly I'm unable to see mum and dad back in Oxfordshire which is a shame... Boring isn't it - just staying in on Christmas day on your own watching old episodes of the office on Netflix. Not for me, I like it.
If you were to ask me what are my top 3 favourite things about Christmas day, I probably wouldn't say the tree, family, presents. No I'd go gravy, roasties, turkey.... Yeah? Washed down with a nice Quantic Sessions IPA. Or probably a bottle of something, Beyond Modus VII is a lovely drop.
I use this time of year to reflect on life's peaks and troughs, and we've certainly had a few in 2020. If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain. Do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton.
Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year - Nick.
Fleur - Bar Director at Bristol, Wapping Wharf
Usually, I would be knee deep in running our bar and panicking about not having enough time to get everything done. This year we decided to close until January, so I’ve found myself with some free time!
There has been a lot of PJ activity and help wrapping presents from my Son Zac (pictured next to the Wild Beer snowman!). This year, Christmas Day will be spent at Andrews parents. We always start the day with Ninkasi and bubbles and there is always a bottle of MO on the table at lunch, as well as a few Wild Beer specials. But I will let you into a little secret, as much as I love our beer, I’ve got a bit of a passion for red wine…
I wish you a joyous Christmas as you can muster, and that you all stay safe.
Kelly - South West Sales Manager
I've spent a few years away from family at Christmas but in a somewhat different setting to that which we find ourselves in this year.
Those Christmasses spent as a Chalet Host in the French and Japanese Alps were hectic, long days, running around looking after guests' children, getting people to and from the slopes/rounding up the tipsy and injured. We made sure that after a fab day on the slopes, the party continued with us and the champagne was always flowing! Exhausted families would land in the chalets and would be welcomed to the warm and cosy retreat, full of goodies that we'd created, maybe take a dip in the hot tub whilst we created a spectacular dinner.
Then more chaos, more tidying, more laundry, more nappy bins.....
BUT somewhere in the midst of all that, far from home and missing our own families, the team would get up the hill, find time for a slide, stop at the peak of the last run home and dig out our little stashes of bubbles and beer. We'd stop for a moment and enjoy a glass with our new found friends before racing back down to the village to get back to work.
I don't think my family would be at all surprised or offended if I said that just for that one moment....I would probably deal with missing them at Christmas.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone! - Kelly x
Liv - from the Marketing Team
I've had a few 'wild' Christmas's in the past, two years ago I was in Colombia drinking the traditional Aguardiente in Medellin (bizarrely in South America they have tropical animals like frogs and parrots in all their Christmas light displays – hence the Christmas frog above!). Last year I was in France skiing on the slopes (it was my first time and I had to be rescued up a mountain). This year things will be quite different but I'm looking forward to it being more of a restful event. My plans involve lounging around in my pj's with a chocolate orange in one hand and a beer in the other - the biggest bonus about not being able to travel this year is the opportunity for unlimited drinks ;). I may also pay a festive visit to the friendly alpacas who live next door (only in Somerset!) - here's me with them last December.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year - however it happens to turn out, Liv x
Merry Christmas everyone, and best wishes from all of us at Wild Beer!