Jackie Rothwell

Jewellery and Silver Valuer at 1818 Auctioneers, Junction 36 Auction Centre, Crooklands

Describe a typical Christmas Day in your household

Now that my two children are grown up there are no more 6am wake up calls! We leisurely open family presents and Santa’s stockings in our PJs, before a breakfast of coffee and croissants.

The turkey goes in the oven, there’s more present opening followed by champagne to celebrate Christmas with friends down the road.

The family arrive for lunch, eaten before the Queen’s speech. The rest of the day is chilled out with possibly a festive film, silly games and a help yourself cold turkey tea.

Which was your best Christmas – and why?

When the children were little, Santa did silly things like leaving muddy foot prints in the kitchen or crumbs and a note on his mince pie plate.

Who do you think would make the most entertaining guest to invite to Christmas dinner (dead or alive) – and why?

I'd invite two guests, Stephen Fry and Sarah Cox so there would be a great mix of intelligent conversation, laughter and silliness.

What was your best Christmas present as a child?

As a 1980s teenager I was given a Fidelity music centre. I could play my favourite New Romantic records (loudly) in my bedroom and tape the top 40 on Sundays.

What is your favourite carol or Christmas pop song – and why?

O Little Town of Bethlehem as it reminds me of carols in Crook church as a child; and 'The Power of Love' as I was an 80s teenager!

What is your favourite festive ramble for walking off all the mince pies and turkey?

Fell walking is a hobby of mine but Boxing day with family is a low fell such as Loughrigg with a flask of coffee, Christmas cake and a pocket of sweets.

If you could spend Christmas Day anywhere in the world, apart from at home, where would it be – and why?

I would love to have a BBQ Christmas lunch on Manly Beach at Sydney in hot sunshine watching surfers - in total contrast to a Cumbrian Christmas.