Content Updated On : 2021-11-28

There's something about a Christmas sweater that will always make me laugh.

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Christmas is a time for slipping into familiar patterns.

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If you do good work, it tends to stick around. People still come up to me and say, 'The Ref' is my favorite Christmas movie.'

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Halloween isn't the only time for ghosts and ghost stories. In Victorian Britain, spooky winter's tales were part of the Christmas season, often told after dinner, over port or coffee.

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If you had a Ministry box set under your Christmas tree, wrapped in paper, 'From Beer to Eternity' is the bow that goes around the present, you know what I mean?

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The first music I was ever exposed to was Irish folk music, like the Clancy Brothers. My father plays that and Christmas songs.

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What's great about an office Christmas party is that it uncovers and reveals parts of your personality that you didn't see coming.

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I grew up with the classics. My mom and I would sit and watch 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'White Christmas' - those kind of movies.

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'Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,' I tell people, 'mostly green with splashes of other bright colors.'

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I might do 'X Factor' next year. It's looking good that I won't get the sack at Christmas.

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Online, there's no time. It's always Christmas.

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I asked for a horse for Christmas, and I got one! It's an adult horse. I didn't want a 5-year-old, which is a teenager for horses. It has a beautiful gait. It's the Cadillac of horses.

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Over the years, I've heard pop artists do some Christmas songs, and I haven't fully cared for them. They weren't the traditional Christmas music that I was raised on and love. Thinking of that, I wanted to make my songs mimic the classic Christmas songs.

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We used to listen to Lionel Barrymore do 'A Christmas Carol' on the radio long ago, and I like Reginald Owen, who played Scrooge in the first treatment for the screen. But my favorite Scrooge was Alastair Sim. He was enchanting, an absolutely beautiful performance.

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The only thing I liked about Christmas as a kid was the gifts; otherwise, it just seemed like a stressful time.

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I kind of have a uniform for office parties and Christmas parties. What I do is put on a basic tuxedo shirt with a solid navy or black tie, a tweed jacket, a red pocket square, and some sort of fancy shoe or velvet slipper.

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Indeed, the Royal Family still retain the German custom - introduced by Prince Albert - of opening their presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning.

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Christmas means a great deal to me. I was reared in a family that celebrated Christmas to some extent, but I married into a family that celebrated Christmas in a big way. And my wife always made a big thing of Christmas for the children. We have five children, and we had a terrific time at Christmas.

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The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of a year you've had - it's a fresh start.

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The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it's a very family-centered holiday.

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