We’ve got Christmas wrapped up

By: Dave Gunner

December 1, 2018

Flying in December? Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, to see family and friends or just to see the world, you’ll almost certainly be thinking ahead to the festive season. Who you’re going to spend time with, what you’re going to eat and drink, and what gifts you’re going to take. Christmas means different things to different people and our December onboard entertainment offering has something for everyone. Whether you avoid or embrace the festive season, we’ve got you covered:

For the Christmas obsessive. Miracle on 34th Street is showing onboard. Perfect if you’re one of those people who just can’t get enough Christmas movie magic. You probably did all your shopping two months ago and are looking forward to having 20 people over for Christmas lunch. You can watch this classic film (the 1994 version) onboard and read an interview with a professional Santa in Vera magazine.

Christmas party animal. Do you jump for joy at hearing your first Christmas song played in the shopping mall in the middle of October? Have you already spent ages picking this year’s Christmas jumper and are now busy scouring the shops for tinsel accessories?  If so, we have a playlist just for you. Alex Wheatley is a food and beverage manager in our inflight services team and he loves a Christmas tune. He’s put together a Spotify playlist of his favourite festive anthems for you to enjoy. Listen onboard or search Spotify for ‘Virgin Atlantic Vera’.

Christmas but not Christmas ‘Looking at your Christmas tree has just reminded me. Have you seen the movie ‘Leave no Trace’?’ This is a great conversation starter for the Christmas phobic. Leave no Trace is a movie set on a Christmas tree farm, but there any connection to the festive season ends. You can then have a good natter about living off grid, escaping the rat race and rejecting consumerism. Set in the stunning Pacific Northwest of the USA this movie has had stellar reviews and offers some really great insights on modern life.

Mistletoe and …? Wine of course! Picking the right vintage to go with your festive feast needn’t be hit or miss – in December’s Vera Magazine we ask one of the world’s most experienced wine experts to guide you. Mark Pardoe is a Master of Wine (there are only 369 of them in the world) and Wine Buying Director of Berry Bros and Rudd. Established in 1698, Berry Bros and Rudd are Britain’s oldest wine merchants. They supply wine to the Queen, Prince Phillip and more importantly our Upper Class cabins. Mark draws on his vast knowledge to recommend a crowd pleaser, a classic and a special occasion bottle that will really delight at the Christmas table.

Trivia It’s always worth taking a top trivia question to your traditional Christmas gathering. Here’s our favourite to get the conversation started. The John Lewis Christmas advert is an annual tradition. This year it features the Elton John classic ‘Your Song’. But can you remember which song featured in the John Lewis ad in 2015? It was a cover of an Oasis song but which song and who sang it? We’re not going to tell you here. You can read an interview in Vera Magazine and listen to her latest album onboard!

For those who really don’t want anything to do with Christmas, there’s plenty more to read, including an exclusive interview with Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan, a look at how football’s Class of ’92 took Salford City to the next level, and director Spike Lee speaking his mind – plus all the usual features and round ups of our carefully curated onboard offerings.

Read the full magazine online here

Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.

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