Kirstie Allsopp watched last year’s Christmas adverts with sheer exasperation, witnessing all those miserable-looking mothers portrayed as stressed out and close to tears, as they attempt to cope with the annual gathering of family and friends.
Because in Allsopp’s eyes, the festive season is here to be enjoyed – not endured.
“What you get a chance to do is decorate your house and eat loads and drink loads and exchange gifts – and it’s really brilliant,” enthuses the presenter, who came to fame hosting house-hunting TV hit Location, Location, Location alongside Phil Spencer.
And even though the title of her new three-part series, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, might suggest she wants us all to whip up our own DIY decs and gifts, the truth is, “the series is supposed to be fun and cosy,” says the London-born 44-year-old, who has two sons and two stepsons with her partner, property developer Ben Anderson.
“A lot of people who are keen on crafts get particularly keen around Christmas, but if you’ve never made a craft in your life, you can still switch on the show, settle down and enjoy it.”
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, Channel 4, Tuesday, 8pm