Inside Holly Willoughby's festive plans including her incredible tip for Christmas lunch and saving time in the morning | The Sun

HOLLY Willoughby has opened up about her festive plans this year.

With Christmas Day in a matter of weeks, the This Morning presenter, 41, is ready and raring to go.


Holly and husband Daniel Baldwin share three kids together – Belle, 11, Chester, eight, and Harry, 13.

The telly star is very excited to make their day extra special.

Holly loves to cook on Christmas day and has got her routine nailed.

Sharing her tips on her own website Wyldemoon, Holly said: “I think the more prep you can do the better.

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"We actually stopped sitting down at the table for breakfast on Christmas Day because we’d find that you’d wake up, have breakfast and then you’d have to clean that all away, then immediately start laying the table for lunch.

"Now, I lay the table on Christmas Eve. We eat a Christmas Day breakfast round the tree.

"Dan and I may have smoked salmon on toast and the kids have whatever they want – Nutella on toast or pancakes with Nutella in them.

"Another key thing to remember is to cook your turkey early, then wrap it in foil to rest.

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"I get the turkey cooking done and out of the way, so it is one less thing to worry about.

"It doesn’t go cold – you can leave it to rest for like 4 hours. That way it leaves the oven completely empty for all of your potatoes and other trimmings to crisp up rather than steam!"

Holly also shared her Christmas rituals and traditions that the family do every year.

On Christmas Eve, everyone wears patching pyjamas and Holly reads the kids 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The following day that enjoy a traditional roast with all the trimmings.

Holly said: "I absolutely love to cook each year.

"Even on the years that we’re not at home, I get heavily involved. It’s the most special meal of the year for me.

"I’m obsessed by Christmas pudding – we can’t be friends if you don’t like Christmas pudding. It’s my ultimate favourite with lashings of brandy butter.

Watching the Queen’s speech was obviously an annual highlight, so it will be very different this year with our new King’s first speech but I’m really looking forward to that. And, of course, a Snowball cocktail or 3 and non-stop Christmas music…fa-la-la-la-la…la-la-laaaa-laaaaaa!”

Sometimes the family of five enjoy Christmas abroad – and that has created a new tradition for them all.

She added: "We have a restaurant that we go to when we’re on holiday and they do the most incredible melted Provolone Cheese with Basil Pesto around a Cherry Tomato.

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"It’s one of my favourite dishes and the kids are obsessed with it too.

"A few years ago, they asked if they could have it as their Christmas day starter, so that’s become a new tradition for us.”



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