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Merry Christmas: Celebrity festive messages

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CELEBRITIES ranging from chart-topping superstars JLS to Olympics golden girl Jessica Ennis have been busy video filming Christmas messages just for you, writes Graham Walker.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch all their messages.

We’ve been asking some of the celebrities to tell us about their Christmas and what presents they are hoping for. Here’s what they had to say:

Pop artist Pete McKee

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

A second hand Chopper bike. It was covered in stickers from the previous owner, so that was a bit of a give-away, but it was the MK1 version with the longer seat, so i could give backies easier than those who had the newer MK2 version.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

My big brother once sent me on a treasure hunt to find my Christmas present which turned out to be a snooker cue. The three day wait for Langtons snooker club to open after Crimbo, so I could go and try out my present for the first time, was the longest three days ever. In that time I imagined myself getting century break after century break. Needless to say, when I did finaly get to Langtons I was utterly rubbish and have continued to be rubbish at snooker ever since.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

I’ve asked Santa for a desktop globe of the world.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

The door locked, the fire on, my feet up, sitting on the settee watching Laurel and Hardy films while eating cold cuts accompanied by my family’s homemade pickled onions and a bottle or two of fine English ale.

Author Wendy Holden

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

The best Christmas present ever was my son Andrew who was born close to midnight on December 22. It was lovely having a baby at Christmas and he has never minded having his birthday so close to December 25th. Although it means parties in the garden have never been an option!

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

Christmas 2002, for the above reasons. Although the Christmas before was memorable as well. Most of our family was struck down with something horrible and the festive season was rather unfestive as a result.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

Posh bath essence. I love baths and get all my best ideas in them.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

At home in North Derbyshire sitting in front of my new open fire sipping a glass of chilled champagne while my husband decodes the children’s Christmas present instructions. And I can’t wait to see what my father-in-law, aged 80, buys his wife this year. Last year my 73-year-old mother-in-law received a gala pack of glittering body lotion by Beyonce. My father-in-law had no idea who Beyonce was.

Dan Walker, who presents Football Focus on BBC1 every Saturday.

The Sheffield University history graduate, aged 35, lives in Hunters Bar with his wife Sarah and their three children.

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

“My auntie Gillian always used to produce cracking comedy pressies. One year she got me a bottle of ketchup (not even a big one) and Back To the Future III (about 10 years after it came out). It just so happened that Back To The Future III was actually on ITV on Christmas afternoon. When she saw it on the telly she got excited that we were already enjoying her gift - my brother and sisters took it in turns to obscure the TV during the advert breaks.”

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

“I love Christmas every year but probably the one that sticks in the memory is my first Christmas in Sheffield with my wife’s family. About 20 of them get together and do a pantomime each year - same Cinderalla script each year, but a different theme: Cinderella on Ice, I’m Cinderella Get Me Outta Here, Strictly Cinderella etc etc. There are costumes and everything! The first year is always an eye-opener, but now I really look forward to it.”

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

“The older you get, the more Christmas becomes about other people. I’m looking forward to our three children enjoying it this year. As long as I get a few golf gloves, some sweets and a daft and almost entirely useless paperweight/door-stop from my mum, I’m a happy man.”

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

“Massive family get together, gigantic turkey, visit to church on Christmas day to remind us of the important stuff, cashew nuts, sharing children, carols, cake, an ill-fitting jumper, a large bag of wine gums and a significant slice of Cinderella.”

Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan starred on hit TV show The X Factor.

The 21-year-old lives in Stannington.

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

My Mum bought me my first guitar on Xmas, I was 10 years old andI played it for the whole of Xmas and Boxing Da

*What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

I’D like a new car, but I’M not sure it will fit in my stocking…

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

This yearI am going to be arriving in LA on xmas day,I think this might be the most perfect Christmas to date.

The Hallam FM breakfast team:

BIG JOHN

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

The year I got my Scalextric was brilliant! Still got it. It’s the one with the mini metros. Pop round, we’ll give it a blast. Please? Anyone?? My wife gave up on playing Scalextric with me years ago.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

Any of the ones spent at the in-laws. For all the wrong reasons. I don’t mean that.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

An Aston Martin Vanquish. Please.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

I think my best Christmases are yet to come. Our little girl Tilly is 19 months old, so each Christmas from now on is going to be amazing!

My perfect Christmas this year will be Tilly loving her presents (or just the wrapping paper), lots of food, taking the Vanquish round the block (in my dreams) and then settling down with a barrel of Thornbridge Brother Rabbit!

PRODUCER JAMES

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

An Atari 2600 with PacMan game. Dad finally caved in to my non stop begging and I opened one when I was 12. It was only when I became a father that he explained to me about Christmas overdrafts, and this made the memory of it all the more special.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

As a kid all our family stayed with friends in Essex. It was the only year I opened my gifts without my parents (peer pressure, sharing a room with 4 boys) - I can still remember the silent disappointment on Mum and Dad’s faces when they woke up. Whoops.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

Hair.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

With a time machine. I’d see my grandparents again in the 1970’s, see how my folks managed to make Christmas amazing in the 80’s, then I’d scoot back to 2012 - to see my daughters and dog perform their Christmas Day panto in the playroom.

JANINE

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

The best present I received was a bear called Matthew when I was 3 or 4. His head, legs and arms all move and my Mum told me that he used to talk to her about me! He’s still at my Mum’s in my old room but I have to hide him if my boyfriend goes round.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

It was the year that me and my cousin ate all the chocolates off the tree and hung the empty wrappers back on the tree. My mum went mad and banned me from chocolates for 2 days and I couldn’t quite reach them under the sofa.

n What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

The Ryan Gosling Calendar if it exists? He’s my new celebrity crush.

n How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

I would love to hire a massive house and get all of my family and my boyfriends family under the same roof and hire a chef to cook our Christmas dinner so nobody had to cook. We’d play loads of daft games, have too much to eat and watch some really Christmassy films.

Sophie Mei

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

I remember my excitement at getting Steps tickets when I was young but in reality the best present is having my family together once a year. Oh and getting a good camera one year transformed my career as a journalist.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

I refuse to be abroad on Christmas Day so my dads took my sister and I to New York one November and it was magical! I loved ice skating at Rockefeller centre and Central Park as well as meeting Enrique Iglesias at a special concert.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

A voucher for a good night’s sleep would be good, some bellydance DVDs and Arabic music and I’m sure Santa could wedge an iPad in there as well so I can read the news easily.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

This Christmas will be perfect as I have a new baby, house and I’ll be seeing all my friends and family. My partner also likes to cook so I’ll be chilling, eating and dancing to Christmas songs all day. To make it extra special I would fly all of my family over from around the world to celebrate Christmas Yorkshire style!

Woman of Steel Kathleen Roberts

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

My daughter Julie was born just two weeks before Christmas and that was a nice Christmas present. Each first Christmas after we’d had the children was special.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

That is a difficult question because our Christmases were always lovely. My mum and dad used to come and stay.

I’d have to pick the first Christmas my husband Joe came back from the desert after the war. He was in hospital in Bridlington still convalescing from D-Day. I hadn’t seen him for nearly four years and it was our first Christmas together since we had been married. That was 1945 and we’d married in 1941. It was lovely - just being together. He’d managed to live through D-Day and even though he was badly wounded I was so happy and so pleased he was still here.

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

At 90 you don’t expect to have anything in your Christmas stocking - at this age every day is a bonus.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

My perfect Christmas would be to spend it with all the family and I would wish for my late husband Joe to be there as well.

Master Cutler Neil MacDonald

* What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

Shortly after my father died my wife Julie and I were sorting through his possessions and came across a broken pocket watch. We almost threw it away but Julie took it to a jewellers. It turned out to date from 1917 and was inscribed from my grandmother to my grandfather. Julie got it repaired, bought a new chain and fob and gave it me for Christmas. I wear it regularly now as Master Cutler.

* What has been your most memorable Christmas?

Two completely different ones come to mind. Back in the 1980s we had recently moved to a ‘house in need of some modernisation’. We had all the family over and had Christmas dinner in a room with bare plaster walls, bare floorboards and ate off a variety of pasting tables!

Then in 2001 we went to Australia and spent Christmas Day in Sydney. We were in a hotel that overlooked the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A great day, but not a long night as my son and I had to be up at 6am on Boxing Day to do the Harbour Bridge Climb!

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

Jess Ennis.

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

Being Master Cutler is a huge honour and a huge privilege. It has been a very enjoyable if very busy first three months. This Christmas will be a perfect time to spend time with the family, enjoy some good food and wine and recharge the batteries for the coming year.

Michael Vaughan

* What would you most like to find in your stocking from Santa this year?

I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it yet. To be honest I was glad when I went out of the show because it meant I could start doing some shopping!

* How would you spend your perfect Christmas?

Well I am going away for Christmas this year. I am taking the family and having a rest because rehearsals for the live show start in the new year.

Nick Clegg’s Christmas message:

One of the best parts of being an MP is having the opportunity to see for myself the excellent work of the many wonderful community groups and charities in our area. Over the last year I helped out at both Weston Park Hospital and St Luke’s Charity Shops in Crookes, and also supported worthwhile charities like Sheffield Cathedral’s Archer Project for the Homeless and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Meeting the local volunteers and fundraisers who keep these vital organisations going, many of whom will be working over the Christmas period, never fails to impress me. These people epitomise what Sheffield is about and they all deserve our utmost thanks.

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Jessica Ennis winning gold at the London Olympic Games, 2012 has seen many reasons to celebrate. But despite falling unemployment, I know times are still tough for many people.

There’s still a lot to do before the economy fully recovers from the terrible shock it received in 2008. Many people in Sheffield wish the recovery would come quicker, so that difficult public spending decisions could be avoided. However, sadly, there is no easy or instant way to repair that damage.

But this Coalition Government is committed to doing all we can to help rebuild our economy in a fair way. As well as making the tough decisions to get the economy back on track, we are helping hard working families. From April we will have increased the income tax threshold – the amount you can earn before paying any tax – to £9,440. The average worker will be paying £600 a year less in income tax than they were in 2010. This will make a real difference to people facing pressures on their household budgets.

As the Deputy Prime Minister I’ll carry on working to try and deliver the more prosperous New Year that we all want to see. As a Sheffield MP I want to wish readers a very Happy Christmas.

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore’s Christmas message:

This is an extremely hard Christmas message to write as we face one of the most difficult times in our city’s history. However Sheffield is the city that I love and a great place, that’s why I will continue to fight for our city.

I know that no matter what Sheffielders show true grit and will make the most of Christmas and New Year. I know that so many of you will still be proud to live and work in this great city and look back at the positives from 2012 and build upon them in the 12 months ahead.

2012 has had its high points for Sheffield. For me, we’ve maintained our business-friendly outlook, given young people the opportunity to start out in the world of work through apprenticeships and of course celebrated those sportsmen and women who are either from Sheffield or who train here who strove to their personal achievements in the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Next year is going to be a tough year for local authorites as budget cuts are impacting on services more and more every year. We are being forced to make some very difficult decisions, many of which will be unpopular with the residents of Sheffield. I would like to assure you that we are committed to protecting vital services as far as possible and will do our up most to do right by Sheffield residents and businesses. However the Council is going to look very different next year, of this I have no doubt.

One of my biggest aspirations is for the city to be fairer and I believe the work of the Fairness Commission will help us tackle inequalities head on and help Sheffield become a more egalitarian place to live. We have made a start this year by announcing the living wage and the Commission will announce its findings in the New Year.

I hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 
 
 

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