MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS: HAYLEY MCQUEEN

Sky Sports presenter, Hayley McQueen, talks PJs, pigs in blankets and stealing her siblings’ presents at Christmas time…
MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS: HAYLEY MCQUEEN

My typical Christmas Day routine…

I still do the same things I’ve done since I was a kid: wake up at my parents’ house to bacon sandwiches, a cup of tea and a glass of Buck’s Fizz, or champagne, in my pyjamas! After opening our presents, lots of fizz and a walk along to the pub while the turkey’s in the oven, we’ll return home and mum will cook a big, traditional dinner.

My Christmas traditions…

Tartan pyjamas and a sleepover at my parents’ on Christmas Eve. The night before Christmas was always spent in Yarm, seeing old school friends. The good old Christmas megamix in the Black Bull pub was a particular highlight!

Most memorable Christmas present…

I once got Ice Skating Barbie, which was only sold in America. She was the dream – I even made her an ice rink out of tinfoil. The year of Mr Frosty The Crunchy Ice Maker was also a pretty memorable year, but it was my little brother who always got the presents my sister and I wanted! Our favourites were his Scalextric and Sega Mega Drive. We loved staying up all night playing Sonic the Hedgehog.

Favourite Christmas song…

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas, of course, but I have to listen to Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas when I’m making my way back up to the North East.

Dream Christmas dinner…

Everything you can imagine on one big plate, including my favourites – pigs in blankets with slightly burnt bacon. You can never have enough of them. For us, it’s always turkey with homemade cranberry sauce. I buy the Christmas pudding every year – and add lots of brandy to the brandy sauce!

Favourite Christmas TV…

Home Alone Lost in New York is the best! I make my other half, my sister and other members of the family watch it every year. It’s not Christmas until we watch it.

Favourite thing about the festive period…

I’m obsessed with Christmas. I put my decorations up on December 1st and am in sequins and party outfits right up until January 2nd. It’s my birthday month, too, so I always have a Christmas-inspired party somewhere which kicks off the festivities nicely. Now I have a niece and nephew, Christmas is very much like how it used to be when I was a child. Seeing the kids so excited is the best part.


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