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 Richard Bryson, Publisher and editor Bury & West Suffolk magazine
 What has been your best ever Christmas present?
Hard to choose between a Johnny Seven gun, (it fired plastic bullets, shells and a grenade so would now give health and safety organisations apoplexy), a battle game and a toy Wild West fort built by my father. I think the latter - put together with such care and attention to detail - has to come out on top.
The Christmas film you hope will be shown on television?
I might just be able to sit through Love Actually again (I always laugh at Colin Firth trying to propose in Portuguese) otherwise I don’t mind whiling away a couple of hours watching classics like The Guns of Navarone or The Great Escape.
The one you will turn off?
I think there’s a Gremlins Christmas film. That definitely goes off.
Favourite smells and flavours of Christmas?
Candle scents, roast turkey and the first squirts of a new after shave . . . or (as I’m contractually obliged to write) perfume on my lovely wife.
What do you most miss from Christmases past?
The innocence of it all and also loving that time of year, both as a child and a parent of young children.
Playing with new toys.
The laughter of my parents.
Proper TV specials like Morecambe and Wise and the Stanley Baxter show.
The Top of the Pops round-up of the year.
Tell us a cracker joke
You can have two . . .
Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and
Blitzen on eBay? Because they were two deer.
What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinsillitis.
 though. You can’t catch me out that easily.
Favourite smells and flavours of Christmas?
Mulled wine, obviously – even if it smells better than it tastes. I really like Christmas pudding, especially on any other day than Christmas, when you actually have an appetite. Also lobster: my late husband was from Rome and a massive fish feast is the centrepiece of the Italian Christmas celebration, which takes place on Christmas Eve.
What do you most miss from Christmases past?
My husband.
Tell us a cracker joke.
How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
Deep pan, crisp and even.
Paul Simon: Head of Communications and Campaigns with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
What has been your best ever Christmas present?
Many decades ago my parents bought me a telescope, which kicked off my lifelong amateur interest in astronomy. That said, I once dropped the counterweight on my foot and had to have a toenail removed as a result!
The Christmas film you hope will be shown on television?
Stalingrad (1993). Not specifically a Christmas movie, although it has a lot of snow in it, albeit most of it rather threatening. A truly moving film of the epic battle which changed the course of World War II.
The one you will turn off?
Anything involving Macaulay Culkin.
Favourite smells and flavours of Christmas?
In Christmases past - the marzipan layer on Christmas cakes. Nowadays it is a biryani made with totally fresh ingredients. My wife is Indian by birth and has taken over the Christmas dinner franchise in our household.
What do you most miss from Christmases past?
The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special.
Tell us a cracker joke
What do journalists like to find inside their Christmas crackers? A pull-it surprise.
Caroline Fardell: Writer and dog expert
What has been your best ever Christmas present?
Without doubt, it was a pair of full-length suede leather riding chaps – essential for cold winter hacks in the Suffolk countryside.
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The Christmas film you hope will be shown on television?
Something shamelessly soppy and romantic like Sleepless in Seattle, or perhaps An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant – the movie that inspired Sleepless. As soon as I hear the theme tune to that film, I’m a complete mess!
The one you will turn off?
Anything noisy or violent – or the one where the dog dies!
Favourite smells and flavours of Christmas?
The Christmas Tree when it’s just been brought in from the garden; a roast turkey dinner cooking in the kitchen; the first sip of a special Christmas red wine.
What do you most miss from Christmases past?
Singing Christmas music in a choir.
Tell us a cracker joke
How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger.
 Greg Hacon, General Manager of The Weeping Willow, Barrow, and The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds
What has been your best ever Christmas present?
If I’m honest, my best ever present was actually seeing the look on my young niece’s face a few years ago when we bought her a professional pencil sketch set.
The Christmas film you hope will be shown on television? ‘Love Actually’ but don’t tell my wife as I’ve led her to believe that I only agree to watch it together because she loves it so much.
The one you will turn off?
Anything with The Grinch in the title.
Favourite smells and flavours of Christmas?
The smell of mulled wine and the taste of Moet Champagne.
What do you most miss from Christmases past?
Those who are no longer with us. Christmas to me is about family and friends.
Tell us a cracker joke:
What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?
A stick.
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