Christmas is nearly here and I’m actually nearly ready!!

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Catherine with her Christmassy catHi everyone. I hope you are all well and on your way to being ready for Christmas. I've been doing most of my shopping on QVC. So very convenient!

I invested in our bumper pack of gift wrap, also extremely convenient as it contains loads of bags, tags and tissue paper. I'm awful at wrapping presents but the bags mean almost everything's wrapped up already and looking super festive under my tree.

I've been incredibly busy with the play I recently acted in and co-produced. We had rave reviews and fabulous attendance. I met lots of wonderful QVC viewers who had come from as far away as Blackpool and Glasgow to see it. I was overwhelmed by the support from my colleagues, too.

Catherine acting in her playThe independent reviews were gobsmackingly good. What a relief! I'd need a day to write the blog I'd really like to about it all and to thank everyone individually! Sadly, I'm rather short on time at the minute what with lots of exciting shows to prepare for on our fabulous channel.

Speaking of which, we've been written about in several publications of late but one stands out for me. December's edition of Vogue features a wonderful write up by jewellery editor and author, Carol Woolton. I was chuffed to bits with her comments about me! She made my year!

This year is a particularly special year for QVC as we celebrated our 20th anniversary here in the UK. I joined a decade ago and remember the 10th anniversary celebrations. Clare Sutton has been here for 15 years. The two of us attended a special evening to commemorate all QVC employees 10, 15 or 20 years of service. We were very well looked after alongside a room full of other fab QVC people. A wonderful evening was had by all, including our plus ones. Claire's being her lovely husband, Dan, and mine being my fab best friend, Mandy.

Carol Woolton, Jewellery Editor of Vogue, on QVC with Julia Catherine celebrating with Claire

So much has happened in the past few months. Some of which has been exciting, some nerve wracking, some wonderful, some very happy and some extremely sad. The QVC family have lost several very special people this year, some you will know from on screen and others who have been a part of our lives off screen for many years. They will forever be in our hearts and memories, as will their nearest and dearest.

On that note I'd like to wish you all as many happy, wonderful, exciting, loving and beautiful moments as possible this season (and always). No one knows how many moments we have left so I think we owe it to ourselves and those around us to make each one as memorable and special as possible. There are bound to be inevitable lows but that makes it all the more important to make the most of the highs we are blessed with.

Much love to you all, Catherine xxx

11 Comments

  1. Jean December 14, 2013 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Yes congratulations on your play, you worked really hard, and I am glad it was such a success for you and that you got such good feed back on it. You should be proud.
    Oh your Cat’s are gorgeous, such a beautiful colour. One of my cat’s Guinness will soon be checking out the tree, he gets most of the baubles off the tree, you come down in the morning and they are all over the floor. Will have to remember to shut the door, he will most probably as usual hide under it.
    Glad you had a lovely time at the special evening to celebrate your ten years and Claire’s fifteen, a long time.
    Yes it was so sad at the loss of some of the QVC people, Christmas is alway’s a time when you miss the one’s you love and have lost.
    Your last paragraph is lovely, you could not have put it any better, and hopefully the high’s will out weigh the low’s.
    A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family.
    Love Jean XX

  2. William December 14, 2013 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on the long service award. I was told I was being made redundant 2 weeks after getting a 20 years service award from the company I was working. By the time the wheels had rolled on I was just over 21 years.

  3. Rose December 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    how very true Catherine,we have lost staff at work with cancer this last couple of years,it makes you realise how precious time is!hope you liked my tweet of my christmas tree,enjoy christmas and all the very best for 2014
    love
    Rose xxx

  4. Diane gilbank December 16, 2013 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Just watching you with Ralph at 7 -30 am on Monday morning, and you look stunning !!! I love your hair curled and that dress was made for you!!
    I was so pleaded to read all the rave reviews your play got. It must have been so satisfying after all the hard work that went into it. I would love. To have been able to see the play.
    Love the photo of you and your cat! I am pleased to say I have my kitten now,5 weeks today since I got her and the difference she has made to my life is incredible already. I spend 90% of my day in bed she is just wonderful to have to cuddle and stroke.
    It was lovely to read of your heartfelt wishes to everyone who has lost someone this year, it will be a tough Xmas for many, and we must enjoy every moment with those we love and who love us.
    Have a brilliant Xmas with your family and I look forward to enjoying more shows with you in 2014
    .much love and hugs Diane xxxx

  5. Morag Winchester December 16, 2013 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    HI Catherine, I have so much enjoyed watching you on QVC this year, your energy and vibrant personality always comes through the screen !! Just wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Love Morag xx

  6. Beth December 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I am so glad your play was a great success and your QVC colleagues supported you. You have a great warmth and empathy which comes across on screen so I am not surprised you did well. It sounds like you jumped in, took a risk and it paid off – no doubt this will spur you on to do other things but please do stay on our QVC screen if you can! That’s me being selfish but you can’t fake warmth and you have it in spades.
    Take care, congratulation on your 10 years and have a fab Christmas!
    Beth XXX.

  7. Karen December 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    A big Congrats on your recent play, you must have been well chuffed with the fab reviews!! I really wanted to come down to see it, hopefully there will be another one soon!?!
    Wonder where the past 10 years have gone…they go by far too quickly tho!
    Keep up the great work on QVC, you’re one of my fav presenter’s, hehe!
    Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for 2014!
    Karen xx

  8. susan December 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Catherine! I hope you and your lovely children have a lovely time together and that 2014 is a kind year to you. I think it’s amazing that QVC do a regular awards do for service. Most places don’t even know how long you’ve been there! Lovely photo of you both. Happy New Year. Lots of love, Susan x

  9. Steven December 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hope you had a fantastic Christmas Catherine. Have a great Bew Year and all the best for 2014
    Steven xx

  10. Ida Smith December 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine.That wee cat is a stunner!!Sere your hair is gradually going back to blonde?I think you suit it so much better!Have you not got yourself a boyfriend yet?I’m sure there must be loads of guys out there who would love to be with you!!!All the best for 2014 then and hope you and your family have a healthy and happy new year!! Take care. Ida. x

  11. Catherine Huntley January 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Wow..it’s been such a busy couple of months!
    I’ve just taken a peek at my blog and am so touched to see so many lovely comments here. I’m just sorry I didn’t look sooner. Thank you so much to every one of you for taking the time to write in.
    I hope you had a very special time over the festive season, here’s to a fabulous 2014.
    Big hugs and much love,
    Catherine xxx

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