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KIRSTY YOUNG:
A COSY CHRISTMAS

For the radio presenter, television broadcaster and stylish mother of two, nothing beats a traditional festive feast, surrounded by family and friends.

In the Moment: with Kirsty Young

Kirsty Young

My perfect Christmas is at home and is totally off-duty. My husband [Nick Jones, founder of the Soho House members’ clubs] takes 10 days off work, and I’m off work too, so we’re there with our daughters and friends and family – no cars, no plane and no trains. I used to be in the news cycle as a newsreader, so you always had to have an ear on, but that’s not my life now, so I fully take advantage of that. Since we moved out of London and into the countryside a few years ago, I feel that I have more of an oasis of space around my family life that I didn’t have before. Domesticity definitely matters most to me.

If you’re buying into Christmas like I do – and I really love Christmas – I think the point of it is nostalgia, somehow connecting with the fantasy of it. And because I was brought up in Scotland, it’s also the idea of bringing light into the darkest days of the year. Looking around your table and seeing your family and whatever’s happened in the year, having a laugh and sharing a moment together, is just about the most important thing.

I’m not somebody who can make things. I can’t knock up a garden shed or wallpaper

a room, but I can make, I think, a nice big meal for people, and it’s something I really enjoy. I’m also greedy and I love food. That’s the thing we always did as a family, and my mum still talks about the importance of family meals. And you know what? She’s not wrong. Generations and ages and personalities around the table is a nice thing to aim for.

We’ll start Christmas Day in pyjamas, because my girls are up so early, opening stockings and presents together. We’ll definitely have a bucks fizz with breakfast. My husband is a great host and believes, as long as everyone has a nice drink in their hands it’ll be a great event. I’m doing Christmas lunch this year, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m quite organised and I do as much prep as I can, which means I do relax and enjoy the day. I will also have a think about what I’ll wear on the day. I like to dress up a bit – it’s a special occasion – but I’ll be back in an approximation of pyjamas with a cashmere cardi by the evening. We usually finish the day watching a Christmas film together.

There’s nothing original about why I love Christmas – it’s all the things that anybody would love, the really traditional things.

“Seeing your family having a laugh and sharing a moment is the most IMPORTANT thing.”

Country Comforts

From walking the dogs to G&Ts in the bath, discover what Kirsty loves about life in the countryside.

Effortlessly Elegant
Cosy cashmere,
luxurious cover-ups
and pared-back pieces
make up Kirsty’s
off-duty winter style.

Kirsty’s christmas
day checklist

  • 1. GET AHEAD
    I prep as much of the food as I can. My cranberry sauce is done and frozen; I make bread sauce the day before. That stops me getting in a tizzy with timings.
  • 2. PLAN OUTFITS
    I will think about what I’m going to wear a few days before, just so that I don’t have to think about it on the day. I do like to make an effort; it is a special day.
  • 3. DRESS THE DOGS
    I will definitely have something humorous for the dogs to wear – this year it’s tartan bow ties. Don’t judge me.
  • 4. START WITH BUBBLES
    I have a bucks fizz at breakfast with my family and friends, and that relaxes me quite nicely. Just one, mind, as there’s so much to do.
  • 5. NOTHING’S PERFECT
    I think my big rule is: don’t expect it to be perfect. I’m not a control freak, but I am a perfectionist. I’ve learned that most of the joy is in its imperfections.
  • 6. HEAD OUTDOORS
    We have dogs who always need a good walk, and we have lovely fields near our house, so I will probably make everyone get up and go out for a little bit.
  • 7. GATHER EVERYONE TOGETHER
    After a long day we will try and get a Christmas movie in at home. It might be Elf; it’s a well-worn DVD. Will Ferrell in tights. I’m laughing already.

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