Blin­gle bells

£4,000 photo booth, £1,000 on rein­deers, £10,000 party, decor and gifts, £34,000 hols, £1,000 for sick kids... Christ­mas with Ta­mara Ec­cle­stone

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

win­dow ev­ery day. In ad­ja­cent rooms, floor-to-ceil­ing pine trees have presents scat­tered be­low. Dozens of toys and dec­o­ra­tive uni­corns lit­ter the space.

Guests are treated to a game of gold play­ing cards or in­vited to try the base­ment bowl­ing al­ley. Ta­mara says she has no idea how many baubles have been bought and de­scribes the dis­play as “big but all pretty nor­mal”. The av­er­age Brit spends £810 on Christ­mas.

Ta­mara also pro­vides toys for schoolkids and spends £1,000 on gifts to be handed out at a chil­dren’s party at Lon­don’s Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal.

She says: “The kids re­ally look for­ward to that day so it’s amaz­ing we can do some­thing fun for them. Christ­mas is about kids and I am happy with any­thing – a mug, socks, py­ja­mas. It’s not presents that make me happy. It’s the food, mu­sic, the build-up, the gen­eral ex­cite­ment.”

When I ask Ta­mara if she wants to ex­tend her fam­ily, she says “maybe”... as Fifi skips round the room and chimes: “I want a sis­ter, I want a sis­ter!”

Wow... now that a Christ­mas wish.

In­spired by her daugh­ter, Ta­mara has cre­ated a boom­ing baby range called Fifi and Friends. See fi­fiand­friends.co.uk – and her hair­care line at show­beauty.com

GIFTS GA­LORE 5ft ad­vent cal­en­dar THE ECCLESTUNES Fifi, mum and mini piano

FIR TREAT Fifi helped her par­ents put tree up BY ECC Ta­mara’s man­sion is all aglow

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