Dyson DC 58

Dyson, Elves and the Countdown to Christmas!


Frolicking reindeer and sparkling snow, steamy mulled wine sending vapours of warmth, glittering decorations adorning the tree and the thrill and excitement of Christmas pervades through our hearts… at least that’s what we hope will happen!!!!

Reality check… Nooooooooooooo, I refuse to have a reality check! Come on, lovely ones, let’s at least try and re-create the fuzzy warm feelings of youth.

Luckily for me I have a full-on believer in Tom, and if I can just ensure Father Christmas wraps in a different paper this year… we’re looking like a full house of believers! Mind you, Joe has GOT to know. I just couldn’t bring myself last year to admit it, so I just gave Joe the look, hoping that telepathically our mother-son bond would be at full speed and he would just ‘know’ what I was saying/not saying. OK so – technically – I lied, though once they’re at secondary school it’s probably kinder to tell them. OK, so I’m not kind and I’m a liar – whoops not good parenting, huh!

‘Tis now Thursday and NO I AM NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS! There we are, I said/shouted that… it will be Christmas Day this time next week and I’m sure it will all miraculously come together (please please please), but as yet there are some gaping holes in the preparation. I’ve been somewhat up against it with my ‘Tom stuff’, as it’s now been named. Not Tom, you understand, but all the battling, mediation meetings, social worker appointments and tribunal dates, so I don’t feel quite like I started soon enough. Who am I trying to kid, I NEVER do! Each conversation with Mummy has a “‘Have you done your cards yet, darling?”, followed by a “Cards? That’s the least of my worries, Mummy”. I’m such a drama queen, aren’t I?!

We are hosting Christmas this year and have an exciting Christmas Eve planned as Maddie is in her first professional panto… (oh yes she is…)Maddie

She is beyond excited; loving the importance of it all and particularly liking the make-up she has to wear. Lashes – you should see them – one coat of mascara and she could knock the dame over, I promise you! So far I have managed to ‘do’ her make-up , though I’m sure she’ll soon take that moment and fly with it. I bought her a Laura Geller set as I learnt NOT to let her into my make-up after the last time she was in a show! She is deeeeelighted, not to mention a tad emotional and tired, so it’s careful management of my baby girl so she AND I survive.

We shall have 14 on Christmas Day (luckily Dan is the real chef on the big day itself), but I refuse to let him take all the glory as all the prep, commis chef and cleaner-upper jobs are all ably performed by yours truly! We will also have lots of different visitors over the week: my brother and our best friends, plus my niece and her boyfriend, are all coming over to see Maddie, so it shall be full of fun.

I shall be on air on Saturday 20th at 3pm, 4pm and 7 pm, and Sunday 21st at 2pm and 5pm with the fabulous Dyson DC58 cordless handheld vacuum TSV with accessories.

Dyson DC 58

I love it, and have set my elves up for a ‘clean-up for Christmas’ challenge… the boys did good!!!

For the first time I have a week off from the 22nd, which will be totally wonderful, and I shall be back on air on the 29th and 31st. I will be your smiley face on New Year’s Day at 9am with our Try Something New show, so I hope we can try something new together!

I wanted to get this blog up as I know I’ve been slack, but not so slack as to miss wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

May your days be merry and bright… to quote that well-known song! And may your hearts be filled with love and the promise of a New Year ahead… that’s all mine!

I know for many of you there are sad moments at Christmas, and I hope each of you can find the joy in your memories as I know I do.

Thank you all so very much for your continued and unfailing support for me and for my family, I feel it deeply and am truly grateful.

With my love,

Claire xxxxx


  1. TWINKLE December 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hiya lovely lady 🙂

    Its such a joy to read your blog as always, love hearing your stories about being a mummy to your 3 gorgeous kiddie winks 🙂
    I know sometimes you find it difficult with your ‘Tom Stuff’ 🙁 and it upsets me when I see your frustrations when the system fails you.
    I know I have said it loads of times before – but u are an outstanding mummy and are a HUGE inspiration to all mummies out there 🙂 Your little ones are so lucky to have you as im sure they know 🙂
    I am super proud of you sweetie and love seeing your happy smiling face on my TV and your lovely tweets on my timeline.
    Xmas and New year are going to be difficult times for me this year but having m QVC family to keep me company will keep me going 🙂 I love u all xxx

  2. Steven December 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year Claire. Very bubbly blog.- just like the writer. Have fun and take care xx

  3. Susan December 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Claire! And happy new year when it comes. I hope it is happy for us all. Yes sad times this year and I do get to the end of the year ready to say goodbye. Hopefully there are some good times ahead! Good luck with the dinner!! Love Susan x

  4. Gwen December 24, 2014 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Hello Gorgeous Girl,
    So lovely to read your latest blog,I am very sure that you will be more than ready for the BIG DAY, we all have those thoughts of “I will never make it” but miracle of miracles we somehow get there don’t we! How wonderful for you to have the excitement of Maddies Panto, what a proud Mummy and Daddy and Big Brothers will be watching, and of course your Mummy. I have just had a lovely surprise and have received one of the
    exquisite Tower Poppies as a gift from my lovely Son in memory of my Grandfather,
    I shed lots of happy tears I can tell you.Have a wonderful, magical Christmas and New Year.

    Lots of Love to all of you,


  5. Cathie December 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Claire with your lovely family and may I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015.

    You hit the nail on the head for me with your comment that some of us have sad moments associated with Christmas and that was so true this year for me as the first year without my lovely mum. My son and I had a very quiet time but I tried to be cheerful and remember all those lovely Christmases we did have together.

    Wishing you all the best, Cathie x

  6. loraine January 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire hope your well was watching you today (Friday) couldn’t believe somebody criticised your hair jealousy I call it most people would give anything to have a head of hair like you including her I bet I read your blogs all the time your a very uplifting person best wishes to you and your family love Loraine x

  7. Claire Sutton February 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Lorraine, bless you…but guess what it was a man!!!!! Ha!! Oh well, I don’t think I shall be chopping it off just to please him..!!!!
    Speak soon ,
    Claire xx

  8. Claire Sutton February 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Cat his,
    I hope 2015 has begun well for you , I was glad you and your son enjoyed your Christmas, but yes…hard for you without your lovely mum, sending my love,
    Claire x

  9. Claire Sutton February 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Oh Gwen, I’m so envious, I didn’t get to see nor order one…but I’ve heard they’re beautiful and mean so much to all those who have them..
    Maddie made one at school, so I have that instead:-)
    Lots of love xx

  10. Claire Sutton February 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, really hope this year is a better one so far….?
    Much love,
    Claire x

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