Noelle McCarthy & Eve

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FAMILY -

You might think it was on pur­pose that broad­caster Noelle McCarthy gave her daugh­ter Eve an equally fes­tive name to her own. But it was, the 38-year-old ad­mits, “a happy ac­ci­dent”. As a Christ­mas baby her­self – born on De­cem­ber 23 – Noelle says her par­ents did such a good job cel­e­brat­ing both her birthday and Christ­mas that some­where along the lines there was some con­fu­sion. “I ac­tu­ally grew up think­ing that the rea­son peo­ple were so happy at Christ­mas was be­cause it was my birthday,” she laughs. “I thought Christ­mas was mine.” Born in Ire­land, Noelle has been liv­ing on and off in New Zealand since 2002 but hav­ing good weather for Christ­mas is “still a nov­elty”. Grow­ing up, her fam­ily was big on fes­tive tra­di­tions – lit­er­ally. So great is her mother’s ob­ses­sion with get­ting an over­sized Christ­mas tree that one year it came down to a tree vs house co­nun­drum. The so­lu­tion? “Dad had to knock a hole in the ceil­ing in or­der to fit the Christ­mas tree into the liv­ing room. It went too far. It ab­so­lutely went too far.” Noelle and her part­ner John Daniell, a writer, will be avoid­ing last-minute DIY this year in Mart­in­bor­ough – “not sure the rented hol­i­day house will with­stand that” – but they’re both ex­cited about cre­at­ing new tra­di­tions with Eve, who’ll be five months old at Christ­mas. “The great thing about Eve is we’ve started think­ing about mak­ing mem­o­ries as a fam­ily,” Noelle says. Santa will start turn­ing up at some stage; Noelle’s mother was big on her chil­dren writ­ing let­ters to Fa­ther Christ­mas, and as the daugh­ter of two writ­ers, that’s no doubt in Eve’s fu­ture as well. “We’re prob­a­bly a few years off that, but as soon as she can, I’ll make sure Eve puts all her re­quests in writ­ing!”

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