Christmas with Marissa Hermer and family

Marissa Hermer

Marissa Hermer, TV personality, author and mother to Max, Jake and Sadie, reveals how she’s planning to spend Christmas this year

What do you love most about Christmas? 

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself? 

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018? 

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!

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