The big day is nearly here and Santa is on his way. While we’re sat down with a mince pie waiting for the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof, we caught up with our Ambassador, Ruth Langsford, to hear how she’ll be spending Christmas.
Most importantly – what does your tree look like Ruth?
I have a real tree in my hallway because I love the smell, but I have a fake one in my sitting room that’s pre-lit and fabulous; a real time saver. I like white lights but Eamonn loves coloured, we’re completely different. I’m so particular about my tree, when Jack was small I bought him his own little fake tree for his room so he could hang all the ornaments he made at school on it! I couldn’t bear a cotton wool snowman hanging on my lovely colour co-ordinated tree.
Will you be in charge of the kitchen tomorrow?
I enjoy cooking Christmas lunch, even though it can be a bit stressful when you’ve got so many more people than normal. I’m absolutely traditional when it comes to Christmas lunch. I like turkey, all the trimmings, and 27 vegetables! We always have red cabbage, which started because my Dad was stationed in Germany a lot when we were kids. Red cabbage was thought of as quite continental then. We always have roast parsnips, and Brussels sprouts! I love Brussels sprouts, I don’t know if that makes me strange. It makes me laugh how many people say ‘uggh!’ when it comes to them, but they still eat sprouts on Christmas day!
Care to share your top tip with us?
I’m the gravy maker in my family. It’s a gravy that’s evolved over the years to my own recipe. I make a proper one from scratch, using the tray that the meat is roasted in, with a flour roux, and at Christmas I’ll add some port to it. The hardest thing for me is keeping everything hot before serving the lunch, so a few years ago a chef told me that all I needed was for the gravy to be red hot. It’s got to be bubbling away on the stove and the last thing you do. I now pour my gravy into insulated jugs while everyone is plating up and then the gravy just re-heats the food.
Excellent idea! Once lunch is on and cooking away, it’s all about the presents! What’s the worst present you’ve received?
A steam iron from a boyfriend, who then very quickly became not my boyfriend.
Oops… and your favourite?
My eternity ring that Eamonn bought me. He had actually taken me to buy a watch, so I was choosing one at the jewellers, and then he asked to look at their eternity rings. I’ve had it since before Jack was born and I always, always wear it. I love it because it was so spontaneous – it’s very special to me.
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We always do Christmas stockings too, even for the adults. Father Christmas brought our stockings when we were kids, but we didn’t feel it was fair that we didn’t get one after a certain age. They’re quite expensive to do for adults actually, but I love it. I keep an eye out for any miniature size toiletries, which QVC is great for. I can split up all the little sets.
Oh, what a brilliant idea! Why not split up L’Occitane’s Shower trio, Philosophy’s 12-piece Bath & Body gifting collection, the Ultimate Gift of Hydration collection from Korres or Molton Brown’s four-piece Hand and Body collection for treats that everyone will love. We hope someone has hidden some of these goodies in our stockings.
What does the rest of your day look like once all the food is eaten and the presents are unwrapped?
Growing up, my grandparents would want to watch the Queen’s speech, but we didn’t really watch a lot of TV. We used to play games, so all the board games would come out – and I love all that still. Eamonn loves to slump and watch a film, but I love a game. They’re so much fun if you have all the family around.
That’s certainly put us in the festive spirit, thanks Ruth. Merry Christmas everyone!