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How Davina McCall will be spending Christmas

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 3 days ago Anya Meyerowitz
Davina McCall smiling for the camera: The Long, Lost Family presenter reveals how she'll be spending the big day and how her approach to gifting has changed since the pandemic this year. © DAVID GUBERT The Long, Lost Family presenter reveals how she'll be spending the big day and how her approach to gifting has changed since the pandemic this year.

Davina McCall has opened up about what Christmas is like in her household, including the way her family are approaching gifting this year and what makes her happiest on the big day.

Speaking exclusively to Red, the Long, Lost Family presenter revealed that, despite not being able to spend this Christmas with her sister and family in Australia (as she usually does), she's looking forward to having a family-filled Christmas with her parents at their home.

'My kids are with their dad this Christmas, and I'm actually going to go down and see my mum and dad, but I'm going to get tested so they feel 100% having me in their house,' she explained.

Mum to 19 year-old Holly, 17 year-old Tilly and 14 year-old Chester — whom she shares with ex-husband Matthew Robertson — Christmas morning is usually a raucous affair with kids climbing on the bed and festive pyjamas...

'On Christmas day, it's usually my son in my room first, asking to open his stocking and then everybody piles on the bed. There's usually some kind of horrific Christmas family outfit that we wear all year-round, like a matching pyjama set.'

After a morning of opening stockings, it's TV on and boardgames for the whole family, after a big Xmas lunch (that McCall gets up at 6.30am to start) of course: 'I just love being around family at Christmas, my happiest Christmas is when I've got 26 people for lunch!'

Cooking for nearly 30 people is no mean feat... So how does she do it?

'I always delegate bits of the meal to other people,' she reveals. 'So Auntie Becca always brings brandy butter and my mum and dad bring salmon and bread - everybody feels like they've contributed and it makes it much easier for me!'

As well as having a slightly smaller Christmas than usual this year, the whole family are also taking a different approach to gifting; focusing on sustainable gifts and quality over quantity.

'It doesn't feel right doing big presents for people [after his year] and none of us have money to spare,' she says, explaining that now the kids are all older, she just does them stockings. But, far from the plethora of chocolate coins and knick-knacks that usually fill them, this year she'll be including useful and practical gifts only: 'I'm trying to think about wrapping and sustainability,' she says. 'Not so much plastic, less waste – things they'll actually use forever;' which is where Boots' latest Christmas gift offerings come in...

'When Boots came to me and told me what they were doing at Christmas, I was blown away. It'll possibly be one of the only shops open in the run-up to Christmas, with lots of reasonably priced gifts perfect for stockings,' she continues.

'BBC Earth have done this Eco Bathroom Starter Kit, which is made with all natural, beautiful ingredients - it smells gorgeous, and looks really pretty, and Stitch & Story have a Knit Your Own Beanie Kit. I think any kind of crafty stuff is a great gift idea; people love learning crafts and there's a real sense of achievement when you've made something.

'Any kind of practical present, where you can buy somebody a house clean etc would be immensely helpful and extremely luxurious - something people would never do themselves.'

Davina supports Boots’ Christmas Unwrapped, with a wide range of Christmas gifts available now in store and online at boots.com.

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