Haddon's a lovely place to visit any time of year, but, with evergreens around the doors, mistletoe hanging in the entrance passageway and a roaring fire in the Great Hall, it's wonderfully warm and welcoming at Christmas.
Arriving late in the day, we had the Hall almost to ourselves, so could admire the decorated rooms at our ease. Trees aren't a Tudor feature of course but they're so much part of Christmas today that it would be odd to not have any.
The underlying theme this year was A Chorus of Carols, with a well-laden table in the Great Hall (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen),
Crowns for We Three Kings of Orient Are
In the Bleak Midwinter with frosted trees and shepherd's flock in the Long Gallery.
Good King Wenceslas and his St Stephen's Day feast in the Tudor kitchens
The Holly and The Ivy, in the chapel
The Twelve Days of Christmas, starting with the partridge in a pear tree
and a tree on which to post your hopes and wishes for the season (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
It was a beautiful, clear day, tempting us outside for a brief stroll round the garden, but still cold, so we were soon happy to head back inside, sit by one of the fires, and admire the view from a warmer spot!