You may not thank me for reminding you but the days are getting shorter, autumn is well on its way and this weekend sees our early-bird Christmas shopping event, with Sunday 25th marking just three months until we tuck into turkey and Christmas pud. (If you join us over the weekend I believe you WILL thank me, when you see what we have to offer you!)
You may have spotted our promo advert for the event, featuring Simon, Dale, Claire and myself ‘helping’ a family prepare for and enjoy their festive day. I took a day out from QVC Towers last week to help make this, and had a fun day in a gorgeous house in Wandsworth, pretending it was Christmas. (And that it was my home – I wish…!)
Simon was wrapping presents while Dale decorated the tree (well, added the finishing touches) and Claire helped model Alla, our ‘mum’ to choose her jewellery. I was in the kitchen serving up the Christmas turkey (it was the largest chicken we could find!) to my pretend family, Alla with her pretend husband Steve and son Dylan, who were all models and not related.
It was like a mini film set and I’ve added some photos here to give you an idea of what it was like behind the scenes. It took all day to film what has ended up as about 30 seconds of footage to get you in the festive mood for the weekend. Our promotions team is second to none and the videos that they produce for the breaks between our shows are, I’m sure you’ll agree, inspirational. They could hold their own with the best of the BBC or advertising shoots in terms of professionalism and creativity, and I always enjoy being involved with one of their shoots, as some variety to my regular appearances on QVC.
For a start, I was treated to a makeover from a professional hair and make-up artist, whereas what you normally see is all my own work. And it makes a change to be able to repeat something until we get it absolutely spot on, rather than the first take which is what you get with live TV. Having said that, by the time I’d carried a huge plate of food to the table several times, and we’d endlessly chinked glasses for our festive ‘cheers’ while only pretending to sip the bubbly (cheapest Cava we could find!) I was ready to down the lot in one!
I’m not sure whether it made me feel pleased or panicked that Christmas is on its way again. I always enjoy the season, but there is so much to do in the run up to the day itself, and then it’s over so quickly. I know that I’m cooking for about 14 people this year, so I must make sure I’m well organised beforehand. And that includes present buying too – whenever I leave it until the last minute I always end up spending far more than I intended, or can really afford. That’s what this weekend’s Early Bird Christmas shopping is all about – helping you to get ahead so you enjoy Christmas without breaking the bank or getting stressed by what should be a happy time. Maybe you have loved ones abroad who you need to buy early for, or maybe you’re one of those mega-organised people who put me to shame. Whichever, I hope you find what you’re looking for on QVC this weekend.