"I’ve got my sister and her kids coming over for Christmas, so I’ve orderedThe Snowman DVD. I used to watch it as a kid. I was a budding Aled Jones, always trying to give a note perfect Walking in the Air. Star Wars is never too far away either – something familiar to help the mind unwind once the giant lunch is out of the way. And what would life be without a re-run of The Two Ronnies? Ronnie Barker’s hieroglyphics sketch is one of the great moments in british comedy. Also, my Dad and I do this thing called Mini-Santa: he’s the head and feet and I’m the arms. My grandad came up with the idea and made the costume, so it’s a tradition that’s been going for over 80 years. We have to sit it up on a table. It’s quite eerie.
I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream this December by going out to Australia to watch the Ashes cricket. My wife is pregnant so I’m under strict instructions to be back on Christmas Eve. Beyond that, I always love doing something musical at Christmastime - we always used to go carol singing as kids. Last year, Tim [Rice-Oxley, Keane keyboard-player] and I did a few songs in a shopping centre in Hastings to raise money for a local homeless charity. I did a similar thing in London for Shelter. Christmas is lovely for most of us, but very tough for anyone who hasn’t got a roof over the heads.
I like to be in bed on New Year’s Eve. I honestly can’t cope with the lack of spontaneity. The best parties are always the ones that come out of nowhere and I always feel like I have to try too hard at New Year. Plus I don’t really drink any more, so it’s a bit of a slog having to watch everyone descend into drunkenness. Fine for a while but by midnight I can only think of my bed. Bah humbug!"
— How Tom Chaplin spends Christmas (via toms-wife from X)