Meet the Brandon couple for whom it is Christmas everyday

Kay and Chris Christmas at home in Brandon. The couple met in India whilst serving in the army there

Kay and Chris Christmas at home in Brandon. The couple met in India whilst serving in the army there. Photo by Sonya Duncan. - Credit: Archant

For most people, Christmas comes but once a year, but for one couple from Brandon, the festive season is something to be celebrated every day.

Chris Christmas at Brandon Christmas Fayre, where he switched on the Christmas lights. Photo by Terr

Chris Christmas at Brandon Christmas Fayre, where he switched on the Christmas lights. Photo by Terry Hawkins. - Credit: Archant

“I often get called Father Christmas” says, Chris Christmas, a 99-year-old decorated veteran, who shares his name with one of the most popular holidays celebrated each December around the world.

Mr Christmas, who was recently invited to switch on Brandon’s Christmas lights, a special moment which he refers to as his “five seconds of fame”, is a big fan of the festive season despite all of the tiresome remarks made about his surname during the rest of the year.

“You get used to the funny comments,” he said. “It was definitely worse when I was in the army as I’m sure you can imagine, people were always making jokes. I had a boss once who would only ever call me Mr Christmas, he never used my first name and every day he would wish me a Merry Christmas.”

Mr Christmas’ wife, Kay, formerly Kay Carton, has also experienced her fair share of seasonal teasing, but thinks the name is absolutely “lovely”.


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The 98-year-old said: “It’s the name my husband has always had and he’s a wonderful man, so I’m very happy to share the name with him, but I think the best thing about it is that people never forget you.”

Mr and Mrs Christmas met while serving with the forces, Mr Christmas was a major in the British Indian Army’s 44th Airborne Division at the time, while Mrs Christmas was a nurse with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service.

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The pair married on May 1, 1944 before being whisked off to spend their honeymoon near the Himalayas in northern India in a luxury train provided by the Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII.

Mrs Christmas added: “I remember going to dances with Chris while we were in the army, we would walk into the room and everyone would stop what they were doing and start playing Christmas music to us. They often played I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

Today the couple have a daughter, a granddaughter, a grandson and a great granddaughter and are looking forward to catching up with them all over the Christmas period.

• Do you have an interesting family story? Email courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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