How your favourite Irish celebrities will be spending Christmas Day
As Christmas is but only a few days away, four Irish celebrities told Independent.ie their plans for the festive day:
Celia Holman Lee
"I’m really looking forward to Christmas. My birthday is in early December so between that and Christmas it’s a happy time. The past couple of years have been wonderful, and when I was young it was so terrific, but in between there had been a lot of sadness, with losing my mother and friends over the years.
On Christmas week I will meet with friends, finish shopping and visit my cousins. I’ll be having Christmas in my house and we’ll definitely be going to a pantomime.
I’ll meet my friends on Christmas Eve in Limerick, but I’ll only stay a while. Christmas is very precious, I can’t afford to be hungover, especially at my age!
On Christmas morning, Ger and I will have a glass of champagne, which we never do in the mornings, but it’s Christmas, and we will exchange presents.
Our four grandchildren, our daughter, her husband, our son and his wife will come over then, and we’ll have the presents under the tree.
Christmas is a time of sadness with joy. It’s sad when you’ve lost loved ones, but then the grandkids bring so much laughter.
My favourite part of Christmas is before we sit down together. We’re all still together and it’s just lovely. On St Stephen’s Day, we’ll go to Limerick Race Course. We really enjoy it."
"I will be spending Christmas in Thailand with my sister this year. We came here last year and loved it so decided to come back again. We will miss the rest of our family, but we're a pretty close family and do family dinner as often as we can so it makes up for missing Christmas. I usually go abroad for Christmas, so it has sort of become a tradition now.
Since I was heading away for Christmas I did all my Christmas shopping in advance. My favourite thing about Christmas Day is relaxing. It's such a nice time to slow down and relax. And eat all the delicious food of course!
My favourite memory from Christmas as a child has to be the dessert table. My family makes the best desserts and it has always been the highlight for me!
I'll spend the days after Christmas in Thailand, and I'll fly back for New Year's and then straight out to LA again, so I'll probably spend New Year's Eve sleeping and packing!"
"I'll be spending the day with my family and relatives in Dalkey. My mum and dad have hosted Christmas in their house in Wicklow for the past number of years, so it will be nice to have a change of scenery, but no doubt we'll all be chipping in and helping out with the food and drinks!
I'm pretty organised this year and have everything bought, wrapped and under the tree! I absolutely love having the chance to meet up with friends and spend quality time with my family, as we're all so busy that it can be tough to see each other properly during the year. Being able to switch off from work, relax and enjoy the tradition, fun and sense of friendship and community is what I love most.
Every year, Wes and I will visit my parent's house on Christmas Eve for a glass of wine and to watch the Father Ted Christmas Special, followed by Die Hard. It's become a bit of a family tradition! Then I'll go to his parent's house on Stephen's Day for another big family meal. I love knowing what to expect and looking forward to the various traditions.
After that, we'll head off on holiday to Mauritius with my family to celebrate New Year's Eve on the beach. The hotel in Mauritius hosts an incredible party, with a dinner and dancing, fireworks on the beach and then my dad usually sings for at least an hour and a half. The party goes on until the early hours!
My favourite memories are the Christmases of my childhood, when it was even more magical than it is now and all of my family were alive and healthy. At this stage, grandparents, uncles and various loved ones have moved on, so I treasure my memories of when everybody was together."
"I'm going to go see my boyfriend (Dominic Day) on Christmas, so that will be my time off between Aladdin and The Wedding Singer. I've 10 days in between and those 10 days will be with Dom. It depends how his season lines up and how many games he wins, so it will either be in Australia or Japan.
He's amazing, he's a great guy. I really miss him a lot. At the end of March when I finish work I'll be moving to Australia with him for the rugby season. I love moving about and seeing new places. It suits us perfect. We both love it, we love travelling around."