HEART-THROBS AT CHRIST­MAS

Ge­orge en­joys the sea­son as a big kid, as a dad, as an ac­tor in sum­mer and as a mis­chievous Santa…

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How would you like to find Ge­orge Clooney in your house at Christ­mas? Ge­orge loves the fes­tive sea­son and even more so now that he is a dad.

He ad­mits that he has never grown out of Christ­mas and gets as ex­cited now as he did when he was a boy.

“I can­not ever re­mem­ber a Christ­mas that was not spe­cial,” he said. “Now, of course, with Amal, Alexander and Ella, it is more fun than ever. I am still a big kid my­self be­cause I love the whole Fa­ther Christ­mas thing and all the dec­o­ra­tions, the tree and, of course, the sur­prise presents. Some­times you get some sur­prise gifts from fans but that’s an­other stor y!

“I think that it would be fun to be dressed as Santa and sit in a grotto in a big store and make all kinds of prom­ises to the kids that their par­ents then have to keep!

“I wouldn’t do that, of course. Christ­mas should not be a time to be mer­ce­nar y – it should just be full of fun and love.”

Maybe it wouldn’t only be chil­dren sit­ting on the knee of this hear t-throb Santa!

“My Christ­mas is the same ever y year. We have the tra­di­tional meals and snacks and we al­ways watch White Christ­mas, mostly be­cause of my aunt, Rose­mar y Clooney. She sang those won­der ful Ir ving Ber­lin songs with Bing Crosby and Vera-Ellen.

“It is just a great movie and says ever ything about Christ­mas. I look for ward to see­ing it each year even though I could watch it any time of the year be­cause I have sev­eral copies.

“Ever y year I say I am not go­ing to eat so much and then ever y year I see things in front of me that I re­ally like and can­not re­sist hav­ing ‘just one’ or maybe ‘two or three’.

“I think that Christ­mas just gets bet­ter and bet­ter for me. As Alexander and Ella grow they get more in­volved and you can pass on all the Christ­mas le­gends and tales and it just ex­pands the whole thing.

“I have ap­peared in some Christ­mas movies and shows and it is a lit­tle weird be­cause they are usu­ally shot or recorded months ear­lier, of­ten dur­ing the height of sum­mer and you step out of the hot sun­shine into a cool stu­dio which looks like the mid­dle of win­ter. I still get an ex­tra buzz, though, when I see the trees and tin­sel.

“Maybe that is the an­swer – we should have Christ­mas twice a year! Wouldn’t that be great, one in the win­ter and one in the sum­mer and we can have fun, food and fes­tiv­i­ties twice a year. No, not re­ally. There’s only one Christ­mas and that is how it should be – let’s all en­joy it!”

“Ev­ery year I say I am not go­ing to eat so much…”

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