Tamara Ecclestone and daughter Sophia reveal what they want from Santa in our charity advent calendar
For Tamara Ecclestone, model and heiress of F1 billionaire Bernie, Christmas has always been about family. And now that she's mum to two-year-old Sophia with ex-trader husband Jay Rutland, it's become even more special to the 28-year-old.
"Christmas in our house is really fun and relaxed," she says in HELLO!'s exclusive Christmas Advent Calendar. "We all wear pyjamas all day, eat way too much food. In the morning we wake up and open presents, have a massive lunch, and basically stay chilled and cosy all day long. I love custard. I don't like Christmas pudding but I absolutely love custard, so I always have a bowl after lunch."
With Sophia – known as Fifi – joining Tamara on-screen, it was the perfect opportunity to find out what she hoped Santa Claus would be bringing the adorable two-year-old.
"An Elsa party," she told us, clueing HELLO! into her favourite character from Disney's Frozen. And her wish has already come true, with doting dad Jay sharing a photo on his Instagram of an in-character Fifi meeting Santa in her very own Disney costume.
Tamara shared that the magic of Christmas is something she's definitely inherited from her parents, Bernie and Croatian model Slavika. "My favourite childhood Christmas memory is going to Switzerland with my parents to our house there. We'd wake up to snow, and always leave out a carrot and a mince pie – which I now know my dad ate!"
And despite her privileged upbringing, Tamara says she holds the season of goodwill close to her heart – especially when it comes to the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital. "The best part of Christmas is definitely giving. It's all about making other people happy and thinking about other, so if anyone who can spare anything could donate to Great Ormond Street it would be greatly appreciated!"
We hope that you will join Tamara and HELLO! by supporting this very worthy cause. We all like to be with our loved ones this time of year. For the families of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, this is especially true.
With your support, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity could help fund family accommodation so mums, dads, brothers and sisters can stay close by, or help fund the creation of bigger rooms in new hospital wards so parents of the most seriously ill children can stay by their bedside 24 hours a day.
The charity also funds play specialists so that children can enjoy some festive fun despite going through very difficult times, and funds research and equipment that will enable the hospital to find new cures and save more lives.
Every donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity will help keep families together this Christmas. And be sure to check back tomorrow to find out which of our wonderful celebs will be popping out from door number nine!
Make a donation to GOSH CC online, or by texting FIVE to 70111*
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