Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - CHRISTMAS TALES -

TV pre­sen­ter and blog­ger, pic­tured with her hus­band, Nic, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Pa­trick (five)

It’s been a pretty in­cred­i­ble year. I was preg­nant for most of it, and then baby Joseph turned up on May 10, and he’s just been an in­cred­i­ble baby. I got preg­nant af­ter Nic had been through the chemo, hav­ing sur­vived can­cer. He wasn’t even sup­posed to be able to make ba­bies.

When they made the changes on I had my kids around me and my lit­tle


baby, and I was able to look af­ter them, and they’re healthy, so you count your bless­ings. You just go, ‘Well, you know, life goes on, ev­ery­thing’s cool . . .’ I spent nearly ten years on the show but, at the same time, I was more than ready for a change. I wanted to get stuck into some­thing with a lit­tle more depth, and ul­ti­mately I’ve done that my­self with my new web­site.

Over Christ­mas, I’m not go­ing to be do­ing any­thing but kick­ing back with my fam­ily and en­joy­ing. I usu­ally go home to Shan­non in Co Clare to my par­ents, but this year I’m think­ing I might be a grown-up. I haven’t quite grown up yet, even though I’m 38. I might leave my par­ents alone and do Christ­mas at home in Bray. It’ ll be just my­self, Nic and the three boys, and then we’ ll go visit my par­ents the next day.

One thing I don’t like about Christ­mas Day is my poor Mum gets lumped with do­ing all the work. I try and help, but I’m not much use in the kitchen, and she likes to do it her­self. I hate that feel­ing of one per­son do­ing all this work on a day that should be a hol­i­day. I like the idea of not too many peo­ple around, or at least ‘all hands on deck’.

For me, I love the run-up to Christ­mas. For the month of De­cem­ber, I’m in the Christ­mas mood. It’s all very ex­cit­ing, es­pe­cially for the boys. Why not make the magic and in­dulge them, and see them scream and squeal? It’s a lovely time. When you’re a kid, you prop­erly be­lieve in magic, and then we grow up and we get a bit too cyn­i­cal, but there’s some­thing to it; there’s some­thing so lovely in be­liev­ing in magic.

I re­mem­ber look­ing out the win­dow wait­ing for Santy Claus, and it was the best feel­ing in the world. I def­i­nitely want to im­part that and share that with my own kids, and cre­ate the magic mo­ments for their Christ­mas.

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