Christmas in Yorkshire is special, and this year’s Christmas issue of Dalesman a variety of Yorkshire celebrations.
Over in Dalby Forest, a group of dog lovers were putting their dogs through their paces, pulling carts to transport Christmas trees to people’s cars. Yvonne and David Bone clearly loved their Newfoundland dogs – which were the size of small bears.
The big dogs had no problem pulling the carts loaded with trees, and clearly enjoyed all the attention they were getting.
In Guisborough, a family gathered to reflect on Christmasses past, stimulated by the same tree that they’d enjoyed all their lives. Barrie Gilchrist and his sisters Myrna and Jackie recalled Christmas 1936 when their mother bought the tree from Woolworths.
That tree has stood through many family Christmasses since then, and the family recall the solid, stable figure of their Mother, always there for them.
Over in Askrigg, it’s a community event all through December, as residents turn their village into a huge Advent Calendar. Liz Guy explains how they all enjoy cutting and sticking, creating decorated windows. Each night, a new one is lit up, and people go on an ‘Advent Trail’ around the village to admire their neighbours’ artwork. It’s all good fun, and for those who can’t get out, the windows are posted on the village blog at www.oswaldsoutlook.com
Read all about Christmas in Yorkshire, in full, in print only, in Dalesman Magazine
Happy Christmas, everyone!