From Ben's first Christmas Hugh has dressed as Father Christmas. His outfit was made by his sister and is still going strong.
When Hugh and I had children we decided to adopt this tradition, but change it a little and have Father Christmas actually arrive at our house (or whoever's house we were at!) with the presents.
Each person is then given their present, but Father Christmas always asks first if they have been good! There is the photo call with the children, and sometimes with the adults too! Each lady gets a kiss from him and then he asks where Hugh is. The children all shout 'he's gone to the toilet' -as that is where Hugh always says he is going! 'Oh dear' says Father Christmas 'I've missed him again. I'll leave his present on the table'. Then we all say goodbye and off he goes for another year.
We hope that one day Ben will take over and become Father Christmas for his children. Until then, Hugh is more than happy to continue in his once a year role.