At Home With The Stars! Celebrity Christmas Traditions
Ever wondered how the likes of Emma Bunton, David Beckham, Olly Murs and the Duchess of Cambridge will be spending their Christmas? Whether it's sledging in the snow, or falling asleep in front of a festive film, it turns out the stars are more like us than you'd think!
1. 'We have a boogie, play board games, and generally behave a little silly!'
It's all about family fun for Emma Bunton at Christmas. "As soon as we wake up - Santa's been - so we open all our presenters. It's kind of piling in early. Then for the family, we each take our turn to open a present and we all have to watch that person opening that gift. Then it's all about the bacon sarnie, putting the music on, have a little boogie, playing board games, and generally being a little silly. We wear pyjamas all day until eventually my mum says, 'Come on, let's get dressed!'".
2. 'I love the Queen's speech!' David Beckham
When it comes to the holidays, former footballer David Beckham loves nothing more than to watch the Queen's speech whilst chomping on his Christmas lunch. He told ESPN: We always spend Christmas in London and we’ve always spent it with family, [that’s what Christmas is about] my children are used to that. My gran used to make us watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day, so that’s one thing that I make sure I continue on with my children."
3. 'We go snow riding under the stars!' Mariah Carey
For Mariah Carey, the 23 December is the unofficial Christmas Day for her family. She told Redbook magazine: "The focal point of the week is the 23rd, when we do a real sleigh ride! Depending on how many of us are up in [Aspen], we get one or two horse-drawn sleighs, and we bundle up and go riding in the snow under the stars. We always drink cocoa with butterscotch schnapps to keep warm, and we sing at the top of our lungs."
4. It's a down to earth christmas for the Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince George are expected to be joining the Middleton family at Ammer Hall in Norfolk for the festive season, but not before sitting down with the Queen for Christmas lunch at Sandringham House! While Kate and Wills will have to do the rounds on Christmas Day, both families will be attending a morning church service for some much needed carol singing.
5. 'We fall asleep in front of an old Christmas movie!' Olly Murs
It's a day of family fun for Olly who revealed to The Guardian: "My dad is given the job of cooking everyone bacon muffins to start the day off. Then we’ll have my sister, brother-in-law and nephew round with my aunty and uncle, cousins and Nana and Pops. We’ll take it in turns to open our presents around the tree and Mum will always cook the Christmas dinner. And it’s not a Murs Christmas without all of us falling asleep in front of an old Christmas movie."
6. 'Christmas is the time for pigging out!' Michelle Obama
It's a whole month of festivities for the Obama family! Michelle told Redbook magazine: "We have a reception almost twice a day, every day, until December 21. That means hors d'oeuvres and eggnog and cookies for every guest who comes through. The house smells incredible for an entire month. We've always dedicated the Christmas tree in the Blue Room, which has the largest tree in house, to the military families. We'll have hot chocolate, light a fire and get out a basket of decorations."
7. Michael Buble wants to make christmas "magical" for his family.
Smooth crooner, Michael Buble is hoping to create an extra special day for his son Noah and wife Luisiana because his parents were both passionate about Christmas when he was growing up. "Mom and dad loved this (time of year) a lot and made Christmas special," he told the TODAY show. "They made it magical. They made it exciting and fun and so interactive. That's what I want to recreate for my family."
8. 'I do a lot of cooking!' Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow prefers a more traditional Christmas, including a stocking at the end of each child’s bed. Who knew the actress is also a domestic goddess as she spends most of the day in the kitchen! “I do a lot of the cooking before Christmas but then I usually spend a lot of Christmas cooking too. All the smells, all of the mulled wine, all of the trimmings for the turkey."