LIKE most of us this Christmas, Helen Berriman and her husband Simon are looking forward to decorating their tree, opening their presents and cooking a turkey dinner.
However, the couple will be doing all of this completely in the nip, and plan to tuck into their Christmas lunch without their clothes on – even though all their guests will be fully dressed.
They’ll be joined by Helen’s fully-clothed mum and teenage daughter, but claim nobody bats an eyelid.
Speaking to The Sun, Helen says: “It’s not most people’s set up, but it works for us.
“We’ll exchange gifts, play some party games and raise a glass – a completely normal Christmas day, it’s just that Simon and I won’t have any clothes on, with the exception of our cracker hats.
“We do have to crank the heating up, though.”
Helen was introduced to Simon’s naturist lifestyle after they got chatting on Facebook in 2015, having known each other at school.
It took until 2020 before she was brave enough to join in – but now she relishes never having to pick out an outfit to wear.
Helen loves the naked lifestyle so much she quit her job as the manager of an opticians to write for a naturist magazine.
She says: “We’re looking forward to another naked Christmas this year.
“Some people do look at us like we’re completely mad, especially when they find out that we host Christmas.
“But we’re all about accepting your body and everybody feeling comfortable.
“My teenage daughter and my mum both totally accept our lifestyle, and they really don’t think twice now when we answer the door in all our glory.
“My daughter did tell me I’d gone weird at first – now she is very supportive of me, although I don’t think she’s keen to join suit.
“We have had some people make unkind comments, suggesting that we’re swingers, or sexualising it, but it’s really not how it is.”
Some people do look at us like we’re completely mad, especially when they find out that we host Christmas naked, but we’re all about accepting your body and everybody feeling comfortable
The couple have decorated their Christmas tree while completely naked – taking care to watch out for stray pine needles.
They also do all of their Christmas cooking without clothes too – although Helen admits she does don an apron while taking roast potatoes out of the oven.
On Christmas morning they exchange gifts before welcoming their guests to their home in Bromley, Kent – Helen’s mum 75, and daughter, 15.
When the couple first got together, Helen admitted she found Simon’s passion for nudity unusual.
She says: “He told me he preferred to live a clothing-optional lifestyle.
“I told him that was fine by me, but he had to wear clothes when he was around the house and I didn’t want any part of it.
“After a while he started allowing himself to be ‘caught’ naked around the house – ‘forgetting’ I’d be home early, and still walking around naked.
“I was more concerned as to whether it bothered my daughter, but when I asked her, she said it really didn’t bother her at all.
My teenage daughter and my mum both totally accept our lifestyle, and they really don’t think twice now when we answer the door in all our glory
“When I was furloughed in 2020, I realised that Simon worked from home naked.
“Then he started being naked in the back garden, in full view of the neighbours. I was mortified, but then I realised that they really didn’t care.
“Then I realised, if they don’t care, why should I?
“He asked if I would go along to a reverse life painting event, where I would be the clothed model and all the artists would be naked.
“I reluctantly agreed, and at first I didn’t know where to look.
“But afterwards while I was having a cup of tea with everyone, I was so relaxed, and I realised they were just a lovely, normal bunch of people.
“I decided to whip my dress off too, and amazingly nothing bad happened. Nobody was sick and nobody was judging.”
Helen found the experience liberating.
She adds: “I realised I’d wasted 20 years of my life worrying about what people think I should be wearing.
“Everyone has scars and stretch marks, it’s just nice not to have to worry about covering them up.
“It’s even helped my daughter form a healthy attitude to body image too.
“Now I can’t imagine spending Christmas any other way than in our birthday suits!”