Monday 6 July 2015

Festive Q&A with Kerry Fisher!

What sits on top of your Christmas tree?

Currently nothing. At the risk of sounding like the weirdest person on the planet, my Christmas tree is still up in the corner of my sitting room. I’m not known for my ability to get it packed away before the end of January but I have surpassed myself this year. I have the small excuse that the builders arrived a week early and we had to move everything out of our dining room into the sitting room at short notice, trapping the tree into the corner where I can’t reach it. I had managed to take the decorations off it though, so it’s looks a bit like an overgrown houseplant – or triffid!

Favourite Christmas song?

I like the Fairytale of New York. My kids and I sing it at the top of our voices in the car to school.

Favourite Christmas movie?

I’m not at all romantic but I’m a sucker for a happy ending. I think my family has watched Love Actually about ninety-five times.

Favourite festive foodie treat?

It’s not so much about the food for me as having everyone gathered around our kitchen table, a big glorious rabble of family, with opinions, teasing and banter. I love it.

The best part of Christmas is…

having a big party a couple of weekends before. I love cooking, so I make vast cauldrons of casseroles, light up the sitting room with lots of candles and fill the house with friends and family.

The worst part of Christmas is…

wrapping presents. I have no artistic skill, which combined with my impatience, leads to Sellotape stuck where it shouldn’t be, bungled corners and ugly monstrosities. I’d love to produce chi-chi little gifts with ribbons and bows. Instead I go to the other extreme. I can’t see the point in wasting lovely paper on my inadequate wrapping skills so I just wrap everything in newspaper. My daughter thinks I’m evil but I tell myself she likes the eccentricity of it.

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?

I’m very practical. I’m probably the only woman in the world who actually wants saucepans for Christmas. I got a huge Le Creuset casserole pan from my husband one year, which I love and use all the time. The presents I dread opening are ones that I know were really expensive or when someone has made a huge effort and prefaces it with ‘I spent ages looking for just the right thing…’ I can’t bear the pressure!

When do you do your Christmas shopping?

I’m an absolute shocker. I hate shopping. I get hot the second I walk into a shopping centre so now I have everything delivered. My daughter usually sits me down a week before Christmas and stands over me while I order everything online.

Any Christmas Day traditions?

Walking the dog, all of us, whatever the weather. Because I always send e-cards (practical) my husband and kids always go out and buy the biggest, most flamboyant card they can find for me, preferably padded or musical!

Favourite Christmas book?

The More The Merrier by Anne Fine. I interviewed her once and she told me that ‘Christmas is tyranny for women’. This book was inspired by that belief and it’s brilliant.

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?

I really want to read Fionnuala Kearney’s You, Me and Other People. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait till Christmas though!

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real? Or is he real?

My uncle used to dress up as Father Christmas every year until I looked at him when I was about seven and declared, ‘That’s not Father Christmas, that’s Uncle George!’

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?

I love having a houseful of people. One year we had seventeen people shoehorned in, with four dogs – utter mayhem but great fun. The key to not being stressed is to pour the first drink then tell everyone to help themselves if they don’t want to die of thirst. I love board games – Articulate, Scrabble, Rummikub…they seem so old-fashioned compared with everyone being glued to iPads and computers but once I persuade the kids to join in, we get super-competitive!


  1. When I read my answers, Sophie, I do sound a bit bonkers. Quite normal in real life. Honestly! Thanks for having me onto the blog…always appreciate everything you do.

    1. Of course, Kerry, I believe you! ;) You're welcome - my pleasure to have you here.


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