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The run up to Christmas is obviously full of joy and cheer, but it can also rake up memories of those we've lost over the years. This Morning presenter Alison Hammond feels that loss as hard as anyone as she prepares to spend her second Christmas without mum, Maria.
Maria passed away last year after battling liver and lung cancer and, since then, Alison has revealed that she and her family have had to try to find "new traditions."
Now, as the 46 year old prepares to star in the Christmas special of BBC show I Can See Your Voice, she has opened up about how she and the family are coping another year into the heartache.
Alison was quizzed on whether she had any family traditions. She explained: "We always play board games so that’s a bit of a thing and a tradition we always do as a family."
Alison continued: "I always go to my sister’s on Boxing Day and I used to go to my mum’s on Christmas Eve but it’s the second Christmas without her so it’s a bit weird, and we’re just trying to find new traditions really."
In a 2019 interview with OK! magazine, Alison explained how her mum was a pivotal part of Christmas Day, revealing that she used to wake up at 2am to cook the turkey. "It's crazy. I'm not doing that. I need my beauty sleep!" she added.
Alison revealed that "family" is her favourite thing about the festive season.
"Being with my family. Christmas dinner is a big thing. Putting the turkey in at 5am because I like to slow cook. One o’clock dinner. Chilling out. Hot mince pies with ice cream on.
"I just love Christmas. I wish it would snow on Christmas day though. That would be amazing. It would be nice to go sledging or something."
She added that the 2021 Christmas episode of I Can See Your Voice was her "stand out moment" of the upcoming series.
"It’s a lovely show, with Christmassy songs which will put everyone in the mood for a lovely Christmas. There’s snow," she teased.
Alison added: "Christmas was my stand out moment. I’m so looking forward to Christmas anyway. I even feel like putting up my tree now!"
"But for me the Christmas show is really, really special because there’s a really special opener and we are all involved, which everyone is going to love."
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