Peter Andre shows how Christmas preparation is 'panning out'
Like many families this year, Peter Andre has spent more time with his children while working from home during the pandemic. The Mysterious Girl singer said normally Christmas is just one day for his family, but this year the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has meant many of us have started celebrating a little earlier. He also revealed his Christmas plans for 2020, and how his wife Emily has a very strict schedule for the family to follow this year.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Peter admitted his wife Emily likes to plan the festivities in advance, saying: “It’s going to be a structured day.
“Emily is very structured so she prepares everything for Santa and the reindeer the night before with the kids.
“She has already made the Christmas cake and she keeps feeding it every couple of weeks or something.
“So she is prepared she will do all the getting ready preparing what we are going to eat way before.
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“I’m not like that, I’m like ‘what are we going to eat today’, but she is very prepared, so it’s going to be a very structured day but a nice traditional Christmas Day.”
Echoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claims that Christmas will be a little “different” this year, he said the way his family will be celebrating has changed.
The singer said he felt like the whole UK had put their Christmas decorations up early this year in a bid to cheer themselves up amid the ongoing lockdown restrictions and pandemic.
He said: “Who puts a Christmas tree up in November? I think everyone did this year!
“This Christmas has made me want to do simpler things.
“Every other year it’s [been] about the big day, you’re working, working, working until about the 23 or whatever and it’s all about Christmas Day.
“Every Christmas was just about the kids [being] off school great and they want to be on their iPads and they want to watch Christmas movies.
“But now they have kind of been like ‘well I have been on my iPad for ages can we do something else’.”
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He added they have enjoyed going back to basics this year, spending time together as a family playing board games rather than being on their phones or tablets.
The singer said: “Because we have had a lot of time together and some people have been at work, and some people haven’t, and then some have been furloughed, it has all been a bit mad.
“What it has sort of done is, it has brought back the old way of Christmas for me like board games which I hadn’t done for years.
“I mean I do love board games, but because the kids have had enough time together, they have got bored of the games that they play on their iPads.
“So we have resorted back to board games, and we are like ‘wow this is actually really fun’.”
He added one of his favourite board games as a child has also been a hit with his family, saying: “Monopoly is one of my favourites, but something that happened recently was Scrabble.
“I forgot how good Scrabble was, and I did this Junior Scrabble that I had never tried before, which was brilliant.”
The father of four also spoke of how his present buying has changed this year, saying he’s plumped for more personalised gifts to show how much he values time with his kids.
He explained: “Yes we have kids that like gaming, you know my son Junior loves gaming so you always have to think about gaming consoles for the kids.
“But actually most of the younger kids are actually now wanting simple things and personalised things, you know.
“It is all going back to that sort of basic because Christmas feels different this time.
“It feels more like we are lucky to have it, let’s keep it simple.”
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