“The main thing I get from this is that it’s good to use my skill set to help other people. I enjoy cooking and looking after people. Half of it is to get that warm fuzzy feeling but the other part is that that nobody should have to be alone on Christmas Day.”
Chris Snowdon is the General Manager of one of our host venues this Christmas Day. They hosted us last year too and are looking forward to welcoming our guests back. We caught up with Chris to ask him why he’s kindly opening his doors for our guests on Christmas Day…
“This will be our second year hosting the Marmalade Christmas Day lunch. We were looking to put something on for people who were going to be on their own Christmas Day anyway and getting involved with Marmalade seemed like the perfect opportunity, as it was ready-made. Last year’s event was great. It went really well and all the Marmalade helpers were fantastic and made everything run smoothly. The whole day was well organised: everyone arrived on time and it was very easy to do.
Our pub is very much a community hub. We probably have between 30-50 people who come in every day at different times. We get a lot of older people coming in. Our clientele ranges from between 25-90 in age, with 55-80 probably being the biggest demographic. It’s mainly men: lots of them have been drinking in here for years and are friendly with each other, but essentially they are on their own. I think seeing the same faces every day is really important for people, to have the companionship side of things. We get people just coming in and sitting in the corner to read a paper, which they could do at home but it’s just the whole thing of having other people around you.
What really stood out for me at last year’s Christmas lunch was how happy everyone looked. I don’t think a lot of them knew each other beforehand and they were just so chuffed to be sat at a big table with a load of other people on Christmas Day. It hammers home what it’s all about and why we do it. We don’t really eat as much together anymore because everyone has such busy lives. I was lucky enough to grow up in a stable home with a mum putting a hot dinner on the table every night. It makes a huge difference. There’s no better feeling than sitting down and having a meal cooked for you by someone else.
The main thing I get from this is that it’s good to use my skill set to help other people. I’ve been in this business for about 20 years and I enjoy cooking and looking after people. Half of it is to get that warm fuzzy feeling but the other part is that that nobody should have to be alone on Christmas Day.