Who was my Secret Santa?


Julia snowballing I can hardly believe Christmas is only two weeks away, but it must be as on Wednesday we made the annual festive trip to garden centre to choose the tree.

We are very fussy, looking for a tree that's full and even in shape all around, but surprisingly we found our tree quite quickly this year – we only manhandled a couple of dozen!

Julia's Christmas tree I always used to decorated the tree with the children popping the ocassional bauble on, but now I'm relegated to doing the lights and Daniel and Sophie do the rest. I'm not a fan of sophisticated 'themed' trees, I like it to look homely. I reckon they've done a great job – what do you think? Are you a 'all one colour' kind of person or 'throw it all at the tree, even the kid's homemade decorations' like me?

It's been a very busy week at QVC, both on and off the screen. Yesterday I was asked to do some countrywide radio interviews about whether the surprise element has gone from Christmas gift giving. Apparently, on average, over 20% of us now write a presents wish list, and a further 30% drop very LARGE hints about what we'd like for Christmas.

Whilst I've been known to express an interest in certain items as the festive season approaches, I don't like the idea of writing a list; although I suppose it's only an adult version of a 'Dear Santa' letter really. No, I much prefer the surprise of opening my pressies on Christmas Day morning, especially if it's something I didn't know I wanted that becomes indispensable!

And talking of surprise gifts, we had part one of our presenters' Christmas lunch on Tuesday. There have to be two separate dates as someone has to be live on-air at QVC! We always do a Secret Santa, and our budget is £5. We don't know who we are buying for so it has to be a unisex gift.

The wrapped presents go into a sack and we all dip in and choose one. The idea is that you don't know who has bought the pressie, so I need your help in guessing who mine was from. It was a really pretty heart-shaped tree ornament with crystals and pearls on it, so was it from:

Simon Biagi, Kathy Tayler, Jill Franks, Anthony Heywood or Catherine Huntley?

Enjoy this weekend on QVC… I'll will as ybf's Stacey Schieffelin's in town with her fab new TSV at midnight on Saturday. Hopefully see you there!

Julia. xx.


  1. Marg December 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Given the five presenters to choose from I would say Jill Franks, hope you all had lovely time. Happy Christmas.

  2. Rachel Hunter December 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Your tree looks gorgeous Julia – all involved deserve a large pat on the back.
    Cant believe how quickly Christmas has crept up on us this year!!!
    Got loads of pressies for friends and family from QVC this year – even the thought of packed shops full of long queues makes my Christmas spirit evaporate !!!
    Have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year , regards, Rachel

  3. catherine December 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I think that the secret santa present came from Ms Catherine Huntley.
    I must admit that I am like you and love decorating the tree with all the baubles collected from around the globe(my favorite being a crystal encrusted coca cola can, bought from florida in 2005), ones handed down through the generations as well as the ones made by my son when he was younger, I don’t think that the one color theme is very christmasy as christmas is all about fun, color and bright lights!
    I don’t write a list because I can never think of anything i want, But now that my son is 19 (I still cant really believe that mind) he just says what he’d like and the surprise element has gone (although I try to get some surprises) and as he’s gotten older, the lists get shorter and cost more… Although he is an excellent gift buyer because if at some time during the year I say I like something he gets it for me at christmas when I’ve forgotten I’d even wanted it (probably through old age, given as I’m now 36 – as he’d say) so am thrilled (and often emotional) when I open it on christmas morning. Last year he saved and bought me the Clogau Gold charm bracelet I’d admired off QVC… I wonder though how he’d managed without QVC and the internet…
    I hope you and your family have a very merry christmas Julia and I look forward to seeing you on our screens over christmas (you are my favorite QVC presenter – and i am always in stitches with laughter when seeing you with simon wilson…)

  4. dorothy December 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    hi julia
    you all made good job decorating tree i always liked colour on ours. i put the decs up at the weekend so all festive just need presents wrapped its all coming to quick, starting to panic but will get there in the end. thank god for qvc bought most presents from you’s had to go shopping yesterday it was a nightmare, going tomorrow again and thats it hopefully. your santa was deff catherine she is totaly glitsy.
    hope you all have merry christmas and happy new year.
    love dorothy xxxx

  5. sylvia December 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I think Jill might have bought your secret santa.Jill likes girly sparkly things just like me.Anyway Julia I would like to wish you A Very Happy Christmas and A GOOD New Year x

  6. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Marg
    I’m not going to divulge who was my Secret Santa just yet, but as everyone has already guessed it was one of the girls ………… but which one?
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Rachel
    I think Daniel and Sophie did a great job on the tree too! So pleased to hear you did your Christmas shopping with us – I only ‘brave’ the High Street for specifics that QVC don’t sell.
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Loving the sound of your crystal encrusted coke can!!!! I bet not many people have a bauble like that on their tree.
    A friend of mine works for Swarovski, and for 3 Christmas’s in a row she gave me the crystal tree decorations – they are soooooo beautiful!
    Sounds like you have a very loving son – he listens which is so important in todays world.I know what you mean about their lists getting shorter and more expensive!!!!
    Thanks for your lovely comments – I’ll see you on Boxing Day at 6p.m. – should be fun.
    Merry Christmas
    love Julia x

  9. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy
    I like colour on the tree and I LIKE tinsel which is not considered very stylish these days ………. er, bothered?? I wonder what people who theme their trees do with all the old decorations each year? Surely they don’t just throw them away??
    Have bought and wrapped most of the pressies now but still a couple to get. Remember you are OK shopping with us for Christmas until Sunday midnight, so if you’ve forgotten anyone there is still time – no need to panic!
    I’ll reveal which of the girls bought the Secret Santa in my next blog
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Sylvia,
    Sparkles are a girl thing cos I love them too! Was Jill my Secret Santa? I’ll reveal in my next blog.
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  11. sarah Webb December 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia
    you asked whether you should cut your hair-YES,YES,YES! it is beautiful but would look really sassy a bit shorter,and much more modern.Go for it!(THINK ABOUT LULU WHO CHANGES HER STYLE REGULARLY)

  12. LyndaR. December 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.The tree is looking good.Even better when it’s dark outside and the lights are on i’m sure.I’m like you re:the homely tree.Although the baubles seem to get less each year as they chip or the cotton thingy holding them on comes off!and this year i found myself running a duster over them!o! how sad am I?and yes i like the tinsel too…must be something to do with our age me thinks.I have no idea who secret santa was.As i think they are each aware of your penchant for pretty things.Anway, i wish you and yours a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year Julia,and just to add a little note -my hair is same as yours, and i wear it chin length and curly,with the sides a bit longer.(Sometimes straight.)But however you have it done i’m sure it will be fine!Take care.XX

  13. Sharon Winser December 17, 2009 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    hello julie, it sharon the one that always send you christmas and birthday cards, and is also the wicked fan. i hope you got my christmas card. what a beautiful tree and also lovely photo of you guys with lulu.

  14. Margaret December 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia ,secret santa gift mmm got to be Jill Franks, just like to wish all at QVC Towers a Wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year, and to say Thank You for another Brilliant year of SUPER DUPER shopping done it all now just waiting for the big day.God Bless ,Margaretxx

  15. Joanna Downey December 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Julia, your tree looks gorgeous. I always did a multi-coloured tree, with white lights, until three years ago when I decided to create my own theme. The opposition I faced from our daughters was powerful to say the least, cancelling Christmas altogether would only have caused more animosity. I wanted, and got, a blue spruce, gold and clear crystal theme. It’s stunning and everyone loves it. I’ve kept all my other decorations and if we ever have grandchildren I will create a tree just for them using those. Happy Holidays to you and yours, thanks for another lovely QVC year. Love from Jo in Stourbridge.

  16. Silvia de Marcos December 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just a quick suggestion for your ‘New Year’ hairstyle – I think a long shoulder-length, one length bob style would suit you, as you can still blow-dry it straight, and it would look really stylish & sophisticated! It could still be worn wavy or straight, but it would be easier to maintain. Your hair is lovely anyway, but I know what it’s like when you feel like a change! Keep up the great presenting, Happy Xmas, Sylvia

  17. Barbara Anderton December 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I’ve never written to any of you before and I’ve been dying to say something about Lulu ever since she brought her line to QVC:)
    You brought back some wonderful memories when you were talking about your night out with the girls and you were talking about her. When I was about 15 years old in 1965 and was in my home town of Glasgow, myself and some friends went to a club in an area called Clarkston. We were going to see an unknown band called ‘Lulu and the Luvvers’. At the end of the evening Lulu said to all of us who were still left,(in a very strong Glasgow accent at that time!) “We’re thinking of doing a demo disc and wondered what you think about the song we’re thinking of singing. If you don’t like it we probably won’t do it as it’s expensive to do”We all waited for the song in great anticipation. Yes you’ve guessed it, it was ‘Shout’. The rest as they say is history. Every time I see her on QVC I wonder if she remembers that night…………
    Julia you are such a fun loving person I look forward to you presenting the beauty programmes which are my favourites.
    As I’m disabled and don’t get out much you and your fellow presenters keep me going:0 I have a wonderful husband, David, who is my carer but more than that he is my soul mate. We have lived in a caravan for the last 2 years having sold our house in Wales. It’s lovely and cosy (20′ x 7’!)but keep your fingers crossed for us being able to afford another small house here in the beautiful New Forest – we were only supposed to be here for a few months lol!!!
    With Peace, Love and Light for you and your family during the holiday season :)
    Barbara (still and old hippy, with a 41 year old daughter and 34 year old son. Oh and not forgetting my 2 beautiful grandchildren matthew 5 and Emily 3, where has the time gone?)

  18. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Hello Sarah
    You are right, Lulu does change her hairstyle all the time BUT she uses hairpieces when she wants to have long locks and I would never bother with that, so IF I cut it it will stay shorter ( til it grows again of course! ). Am undecided but think I may take the plunge.
    Merry Christmas
    love Julia x

  19. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Lynda
    You are quite right, the tree looks even better when it’s dark outside! Re tinsel – one of my work colleagues told me there was a shortage this year due to the demise of Woolworths where a lot of people used to buy it from – he could have been pulling my leg (I am very gullible!). Jury is out on the hair – I fancy something a bit different just not sure what!
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    Yes I got your Christmas card and also the one for all of us from your Mum – hope you both got yours from me? The Lulu photos were good weren’t they? – anyone else think that Ali K and Lulu could be sisters??
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    You ( and several of the other ladies ) are absolutely right, my Secret Santa was Jill Franks!! So pleased you did your Christmas shopping with us – enjoy the Big day
    much love
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Jo
    Your tree sounds very classy ……….. maybe one day I’ll give a themed tree a go, maybe red and blue for my football team!!!!!!!!
    Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas – see you Boxing Day
    Julia x

  23. Steven December 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Red and Blue sounds great for your team Julia. T o answer your question from the Palace thread – yes I did see the goal. An early Christmas cracker eh! Still wouldn’t get into our team at the moment :D
    Have a wonderful Christmas xxx

  24. Marg January 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year full of fulfilled dreams,and the health to enjoy them.
    Best Wishes,

  25. julia roberts January 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marg
    Thanks for your New Year wishes – not the greatest of starts to 2010 as I am not well at the moment …….. still, things can only get better (hopefully).
    Happy New Year to you too
    Julia x

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