The final, pre-Christmas build up is now upon us and we're reaching peak excitement levels! As part of our collaboration with the lovely folk at Arnotts, where you can shop for every single loved one under one roof, over the 12 days in the lead up to Christmas we've been catching up with some of Ireland's most familiar names, finding out what Christmas means for them and what they'll be wishing for. Today, it's?IMAGE Editor in Chief Melanie Morris' turn to take the spotlight.
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