There’s really only one way to make Christmas Day even more British (and great) – throw a bit of Bake Off into the mix.
The music gives me such a warm feeling #GBBOxmas— Sue Simmonds 🌹 (@sue_simmonds) December 25, 2016
#GBBOxmas my two favourite things: great British bake off and Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🍰🍪— Sarah (@sjworrallo) December 25, 2016
For the first of two Christmas specials, four old favourites from previous series of the show were invited back to the tent to whip up some festive treats.
Returning to the festive #GBBOxmas tent are:
🎄 Mary-Anne from Series 2
🎄 Ali from Series 4
🎄 Cathryn from Series 3
🎄 Norman from Series 5 pic.twitter.com/MGYLn2ikma— BBC One (@BBCOne) December 25, 2016
Viewers were over the moon to see the return of Mary-Anne.
Oh the flashbacks. Mary-anne is a GEM #GBBOxmas— N 🌸 (@peanadbutter) December 25, 2016
Forgot how much I loved Mary Anne on #GBBOxmas— Alice Lewis 🦄 (@acealice) December 25, 2016
Sweetheart Norman became everyone’s adopted granddad for the day.
NORMAN'S ON MY TELLY ON CHRISTMAS DAY! WE'VE ALL GAINED A CHRISTMAS GRANDAD!!! #gbboxmas— Dave Turner (@mrdaveturner) December 25, 2016
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE IS BACK (Norman) #GBBOxmas— Jess Edwards (@Jess_Edwards_96) December 25, 2016
Cathryn brought the LOLs.
forgot how much I loved Cathryn on bake off, she is a gem #GBBOxmas— Helena (@helenabub) December 25, 2016
— Chris Riley (@criley2008) December 25, 2016
Cathryn's expressions <3 I think I love her #gbboxmas— Cat (@CommasCats) December 25, 2016
And Ali brought the swoon.
Ali 😍 a Christmas present from BBC to me #gbboxmas— Gray Eveleigh (@Classic_Graham) December 25, 2016
Yes Ali! #GBBOxmas— Jaehaerys 🐉 (@JaesJournal) December 25, 2016
Ali is killing it on #gbboxmas Always thought he went out too early— Lidl Kim (@lidlkim) December 25, 2016
Though the star of the show, as ever, was Mary Berry – especially when she started talking about life before the M4 was built.
Before the M4? Is Mary Berry immortal? 😶🎄 #gbboxmas— StaceyLikesBooks (@ReadingAutistic) December 25, 2016
And many viewers seem to be having the same thought about what she could do with herself this time next year.
I wish Mary Berry was Queen #gbboxmas— Jody Porter (@jodyporter_) December 25, 2016