Mrs Shephard last saw her family almost four months ago – at the end of August.
The time before this was prior to the first national lockdown in March.
And while “very sad” at the altered plans, she said meeting at an open place will ensure that it can be done in a “socially-distanced” way.
Christmas Day itself, will be spent in each family’s respective homes – and with chats on FaceTime.
“This way we are keeping everyone safe,” Mrs Shephard added.
Mrs Shephard believes the government’s decision to allow three-family Christmas bubbles from the 23-27 December was a “rash” move and was made “too far in advance”. MORE