The blended fam­ily Christ­mas

When Mum and Dad aren’t un­der the same roof, Christ­mas needs to be flex­i­ble, which can make for even more chaos - and joy…


We all want to give our fam­i­lies the per­fect Christ­mas, but that isn’t al­ways easy… And no one knows this bet­ter than some of our favourite Loose Women!

Glo­ria Hun­ni­ford – a twice-mar­ried mum-of-three and step­mum of two with 10 grand­chil­dren be­tween her and hubby Stephen Way – says her blended fam­ily now num­bers ‘around 27’ at Christ­mas, ad­mit­ting, ‘It’s crazy, but it’s won­der­ful.’

Glo­ria agrees with fel­low pre­sen­ter An­drea McLean, who pre­vi­ously ex­plained to best, ‘It doesn’t mat­ter what the day is. We have turkey, presents, ham. Christ­mas Day is just a day. Ev­ery day is what you make it. You make your own tra­di­tions, be­cause what hap­pens be­hind closed doors is what works for you.

‘Once you di­vorce, Christ­mas be­comes quite a fluid thing,’ she added. ‘Any­one in this po­si­tion has to cel­e­brate when it suits them – it can’t al­ways be the 25th.’

Stacey Solomon must know ex­actly what she means. The for­mer X Fac­tor singer has sons Leighton, five, and Zachary, nine, from two pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships, while her boyfriend of two years, Joe Swash, has son Harry, 10, with ex-fi­ancée Emma Sopho­cleous.

Can they unite their re­spec­tive broods for a big fat Swash/Solomon Christ­mas in be­tween Stacey’s stint in panto and Joe’s in Aus­tralia co-host­ing I’m A Celebrity… Ex­tra Camp? It could be pretty hec­tic. But with Stacey pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ting she wants ‘seven’ more kids, the idea of may­hem clearly wouldn’t bother her!

Chris­tine Lam­pard is another Loose Lady who’ll be try­ing to make it a Happy Blended Christ­mas with her hus­band, Frank. As well as cel­e­brat­ing their sec­ond wed­ding an­niver­sary on 20 De­cem­ber, his two daugh­ters, Luna, 12, and Isla, 11, will no doubt be split­ting their time be­tween Frank and Chris­tine’s Chelsea pad and their mum Elen Ri­vas’ home.

Speak­ing re­cently, Chris­tine said, ‘I think with Frank hav­ing two lit­tle girls, you’ve got a strange sense of moth­er­hood with­out be­ing mummy, but it is won­der­ful… Dis­ney has done a bril­liant job of mak­ing out that all step­moth­ers are evil but, when you find your­self in that sit­u­a­tion, you make the best of it. ‘I’ve al­ways had such lovely Christ­mas mem­o­ries, and I’m al­ways try­ing to recre­ate that for Frank’s girls.’

An­drea McLean, mum to Amy, now 10, and Fin­lay, 15, is set to marry Nick Feeney soon. He also has two daugh­ters. Last Christ­mas, as she told best, the kids all came to­gether at her house – along with An­drea’s par­ents – for the first time.

You would imag­ine they’ll do it again on the big day this year. Will they be on the rum again, we won­der? An­drea pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted it’s her tra­di­tional rou­tine with her par­ents on the 25th.

‘By 10am, my dad’s mak­ing his rum punch and we slowly get wob­bly,’ she said. ‘Mum will be mak­ing Christ­mas lunch and I’ll lay the ta­ble – I’m a rub­bish cook, but I can make things look pretty!’

Her best-ever Christ­mas, An­drea said, also sounds like the most dis­as­trous. It was when her fam­ily lived in Kenya and they had a power cut. ‘ We thought, how the hell are we go­ing to cook Christ­mas din­ner?! But we man­aged to cob­ble some­thing to­gether.’

Christ­mas – like fam­i­lies – may not al­ways come in a tidy pack­age. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be won­der­ful!

Af­ter di­vorce, you make your own tra­di­tions, says An­drea

Glo­ria with grand­sons Gabriel and Char­lie

Stacey goes dotty with Leighton and Zachary

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