The best traditions are always the ones that are entirely subjective, not at all compliant to seasonal norms. Yes, I love the decorating and gift-giving. But one of my favourite Christmas traditions is sharing a bottle of Perrier Jouet. Their signature art nouveau bottle might be my favourite packaging of all time.

The bottle, decorated with white anemones, glazed roses and golden swirls and was created by master glass-maker Emile Galle, but lay forgotten for almost 60 years. In 1964, the bottle was rediscovered, shrouded in dust, and was used to launch the prestigious cuvee Belle Epoque. Now, if only it didn't go down quite so easy!

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