23rd Dec 2015
Melanie Morris photographed on board the visiting Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship, at a special dinner in Dublin to celebrate IMAGE Magazine's 40th birthday
What is your earliest memory of Christmas?
I think it might have been the queue for Santa in Arnotts? way, way back in the days before smartphones and notifications.
Describe your perfect Christmas?
It’s a time of extremes; either extreme immersion in the whole festive run-up, with family flying in from all around the world, a packed schedule of parties, carols and celebrations; and the most massive, groaning Christmas Day dinner. I’d also happily escape to a beautiful spa in Thailand to detox, sleep and restore in the lap of luxury. I’m lucky enough to have done both and am totally in my element either way.
What do you like most about Christmas – the build up or the week itself?
Dublin Airport: The atmosphere, the buzz, the excitement and the happiness. I don’t think people even notice whether flights are on time or not.
What does Christmas mean for you?
I love that the world seems to stop at Christmas time, it’s the only time of the year when you really can catch up, relax and live for the day? or completely go underground and hibernate with loved ones.
What presents are you hoping to buy this year for your nearest and dearest?
I think good stationery always goes down well, so the challenge is to find something new that enchants and amplifies someone’s personality. Paperchase has a lot to offer.
What’s on your own wishlist?
I’d like a good, new waterproof coat for Flumpy, my Miniature Schnauzer. I’d also like a most amazing new ring, possibly featuring coloured, semi-precious (or precious!) stones.
Browse Melanie’s wish list gallery above. For all the gifting inspiration you need this Christmas, shop in store or online at Arnotts.ie
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