Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Top Ten. Santa's Little Elves; Father Christmas Has Some Unlikely Helpers This Year. Who'd Have Thought That Gordon Brown and Donald Trump Would Go So Christmas Crackers? These Ten Sleigh Us

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Top Ten. Santa's Little Elves; Father Christmas Has Some Unlikely Helpers This Year. Who'd Have Thought That Gordon Brown and Donald Trump Would Go So Christmas Crackers? These Ten Sleigh Us

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'Christmas is one of my favourite holidays,' says Catherine Zeta Jones. 'I go completely over the top.' The ever modest Mrs Douglas also confesses that 'I don't usually like having dolls made of me, but I can't wait to buy my daughter Carys a Zorro doll. Every time she sees the posters, it's "Mama! Zorro!''' And who said Christmas was too commercial?

Not best known for his conventional approach to life, Billy Bob Thornton is a stickler for the rules when it comes to Christmas etiquette. 'I can't stand it when people open their presents on Christmas Eve,' he rages. 'You should wait until the morning, after Santa comes.' And this from the man who once gave Angelina Jolie a vial of his blood and a graveyard plot. He's a bad Santa.

Sarah Jessica Parker has decided to carry on her family's Christmas tradition for her three-year-old son James. 'I don't want to brag,' she says, 'but our Christmases have always been incredible.' One of her cunning tricks is to leave the cardboard wrapping paper cylinders by the tree so it looks like Santa's been. Here's hoping it's not just socks in the city.

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has always loved Christmas so much that it wasn't until she was almost an adult that the airhead socialite realised that Santa didn't actually exist.

'I believed in him until I was 17,' she admitted, 'when some mean person told me it wasn't true.' We shouldn't be surprised: it is called The Simple Lifeafter all.

Gwyneth Paltrow's bendy ways have saved her from becoming a self-obsessed macrobiotic freak who cleans hotel bathrooms whenever she stays in them. In a fit of altruism, she has just donated a personal yoga lesson to be auctioned for The Prince's Trust at the Invest in Futures Gala.

It raised [pounds sterling]30,000: Christmas has come early.

Nobody can call The Donald a scrooge. …

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