It wouldn't be Christmas at Lyme without...
The sound of carol singers in fine voice, a crisp winter walk in the park or the scent of mulled spices from a festive drink; we all have that certain something that it just wouldn't be Christmas without.
For the Legh family who lived at Lyme, there were many special moments that made their Christmas complete. Take a look below at some of their traditions and discover how you can have a wonderful Christmas time at Lyme!
" ‘ … the Christmas tree with all its presents; games in the drawing room, music and dancing in the hall, private theatricals in the Long Gallery; hide and seek all over the house…’ "
For Phyllis Legh, daughter of the 2nd Lord Newton, Christmas at Lyme was wonderful. The season was filled with the laughter of family and friends who came together to take part in their very own traditions.
The Christmas tree was the responsibility of Truelove, the butler. It was brought in from the estate and placed in the Long Gallery, where Truelove set about improving its appearence by attaching extra branches to create the perfect shape. Sometimes it was so big, it touched the ceiling.
On Boxing Day, the children of the estate workers would gather around the tree to receive their gift from Lady Newton.
A stage was built at the far end of the Long Gallery where theatricals were performed by all the family.
Sledging on the hills was a must; there was even ice skating on the lake if it was cold enough!
Lyme is still a wonderful place for families and friends to enjoy the season. Discover some of the festive fun taking place this December.