Christmas at the Young household


Alison in the snowHello everyone!

Our Christmas is normally spent at home where work on the farm does not stop and involves trying to juggle mucking out, riding, defrosting taps and water buckets, with peeling potatoes, putting the turkey in and making the famous sherry trifle.

Not to mention the best part of Christmas which is the rum sauce with our secret family recipe for Christmas pudding that belongs to my brother. The picture on the left is of us one Christmas.

SkiingHe first made it when he was 12 years old and it’s delicious. So delicious in fact, that my father is currently in charge of making a batch of about 20 of them and has a production line in place as it’s so requested by family and friends. These are always made in October/November.

There is always a Christmas tantrum from Simon as he worries that his beloved roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings to go with the turkey, are not going to be perfect, because once I have got the main work in the stables done (helped with coffee with brandy) I start to heat mulled wine up in pint jugs in the microwave!

This year for the first time ever we are going away for Christmas. Jade, my most perfect groom and dog nanny, has volunteered to work Christmas so I am thrilled to say we are off skiing (the picture above is of a previous skiing trip). Jade and her family and friends are moving into the farm for what could be a large party (so I may possibly need a GoPro camera to watch the carnage)!

I am most looking forward to what I won't have to do this Christmas. I won't have to do 4am supermarket shops after TSV launches. I won't have to write endless lists of shopping to accommodate everyone’s dietary requirements. I won't have to be up all night peeling potatoes, prepping everything or baking cakes.

I won't have to get dragged into a massive house clean and tidy. I won't have to clear up (not that I do much of that – Simon is brilliant!) and I won't have to produce a constant stream of food for everyone that arrives and I won't have to buy too many Christmas presents as gifts between Simon and I are cancelled as we are having the holiday.

We will however, have some lovely family days before and after Christmas but maybe I could be super-clever and book a restaurant! The only thing I may miss is my snowball and my maraschino cherries with the Schweppes lemonade and Roses lime cordial to make the perfect drink so I may have to take these with me!

I hope you have a lovely Christmas whatever you're up to!

Ali X


  1. Amanda Austin December 17, 2013 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Aww sounds idyllic… Enjoy Alison X

  2. sandra December 17, 2013 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    Have a fantastic holiday Alison. You deserve it. But don’t forget to come back to QVC in the New Year. I really love your shows and expertise. Thanks for a wonderful year and wonderful TSVS.

  3. Rhiannon December 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Have a fantastic Christmas Alison – enjoy your holiday. I spend many hours in your company watching all your beauty shows, thank you for all your brilliant advice over the years.. Happy Christmas xxx

  4. e clarle December 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison will you be attending the beauty bash that the daily mail have organised

  5. Julie Testo December 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison have a fab time on the slopes,a winter wonderland without the stress! Glueiwein Apfel snapps and the most important thing your time alone with your hubby. Merry christmas and a healthy happy 2014. For me it’s a special year I’ve been married for 30 years and I will be 50! Keep up the great work xx

  6. Pam S December 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Have a great Christmas Ali and I hope you enjoy your well deserved holiday. Many thanks for all your wonderful beauty tips and advice throughout the year and I wish you all the best for 2014.

  7. Tani December 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Oooh I love a snowball with cherries and lime x have a lovely break, you deserve it x

  8. Gill December 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Have a good holiday!!

  9. isobel hogg December 18, 2013 at 2:58 am -  Reply

    enjoy your self miss alie you deserve your holiday what a diferent xmas for y instead of mucking out as its a harder job than precenting so you have awonderful time enjoy we will hear about it when you return xx

  10. Veronica Dennant December 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Have a wonderful Christmas break . Thank you for your hints and tips over the past 12 months.. See you in 2014 ..xx

  11. Yvonne McPhail December 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hoping you have a great Christmas and New Year and enjoy your skiing.
    When you are back please put on your blog what product fades brown spots on backs of hands.
    Many thanks
    Yvonne McPhail

  12. Teresa Lane December 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Have a great holiday Alison you deserve it. Thanks for all the great products you have supplied this year.
    Have a greay Christmas and a very happy New Year xx
    Best wishes

  13. Sam Ryan December 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Ah Alison i’m delighted for you. I hope you have a wonderful time.
    Look forward to having you back in the New Year.
    A very Merry Christmas to you.
    Sam xxx

  14. Marian Bolton December 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    A very Happy Christmas to you and Simon and all the very best for 2014. You give us so much all year round and you’ve really earned that holiday. Have a good rest. I hope I can bring you that chocolate/hazlenut cake next year!!

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