Sarah Dare is playing the title role of Snow White in Parr Hall’s panto which runs from January 7 to 16.

Here she runs through how her Christmas Day works out at home

Hello everyone! Our Christmas has changed through the years as me and my brother have grown up and moved out of our family home but we love going back home for time with family, food and naps on the sofa!

8am Wake up time is around 8am (but was much earlier when we were kids)

We would open our stockings on our parents’ bed but as we’re a little too old for that we open them downstairs with a glass of Buck’s Fizz! (it’s 5o’clock somewhere).

Most presents are then exchanged and opened as we’re just too excited to leave them under the tree!

10am After all that excitement, everyone gets washed and dressed for the day whilst breakfast is being made. We have a cooked breakfast which is usually my brother’s responsibility.

11am We have a lovely black Labrador called Monty that we take for a walk after breakfast. As he’s got older, the walks have got shorter but still festive nonetheless!

12pm We’re back home and get settled on the sofa most likely with another drink. Mum gets started on the Christmas dinner and I might give her a helping hand if she’s lucky!


Sarah is Snow White

Sarah is Snow White


We sit and watch whatever Christmas telly is on, read a new book or generally mooch about the house until lunch is ready! As kids, this used to be prime playing time with new toys, usually including something that our Dad had to put together, lucky him!

4pm We sit and eat our Christmas dinner. All four of us round the table in our usual places, we have Christmas crackers before we tuck in and share the jokes and put our hats on! The dog is usually sat to my right as I had a habit of feeding him from the table as a child (don’t tell my parents!)

Mum cooks a fabulous lunch with the most amazing roast potatoes, however it all disappears in about 10 minutes as it’s so delicious.

This is usually followed by a Christmas pudding for those that like it or sometimes a cheesecake for those that don’t!

We sit and play a game at the table after dinner, usually a quiz or boggle which my dad always wins.

6pm As the evening draws in, we get settled on the sofa ready for the evening telly, Radio Times in hand!

We don’t have a crazy evening on Christmas Day, it’s one of the few days a year where we are all together and can just relax. Having a quiet Christmas with the 4 of us is what we’ve always enjoyed but inevitably kids grow up and things change, so I’m looking forward to what the future holds for my family but will forever have fond memories of our traditional Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

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