Why bother wrapping this up! Eamonn Holmes reaction to Christmas gifts from Ruth

Eamonn Holmes discusses his proudest moments in life

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Christmas is just around the corner and many are getting into the festive sprint, despite it not being November yet. Among those people is Ruth Langsford, 61, and it was a trait that her husband and This Morning co-host Eamonn Holmes, 61, totally underestimated. In a new interview, the pair discussed their Christmas traditions, and Eamonn admitted he was baffled as to why Ruth enjoys wrapping up “silly presents”.

Eamonn is like, ‘Why did you bother wrapping all this up?’

Ruth Langsford

He said: “When we first met, I totally underestimated Ruth’s affinity with Christmas.

“Our first Christmas together Ruth said, ‘Let’s swap presents.’

“I’d given her five or six presents and I was done, but she kept going.”

He shook his head: “42 presents she got me – that’s how much she loved me!”

Ruth chimed in: “But that’s a family tradition, we wrap stupid little things like a packet of Maltesers.

“Eamonn is a very good, very thoughtful present giver, he’s surprised me with things over the years that I’d never have thought to buy myself.”

She explained it’s “quality over quantity” sometimes.

“Whereas I give out the quality presents and then give silly things, like a mug,” she grinned.

“Eamonn is a bit like, ‘Why did you bother wrapping all this up?’

“But to me, that’s all part of the fun!”

A fan of the annual holiday, Ruth’s Christmas starts in January.

She giggled: “I’m that person that when someone says, ‘Have you seen? It’s ridiculous, such-and-such supermarket has already got their Christmas things in and it’s only July.’

“I go, ‘Oh have they? Which branch?’”

And it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as her late dad Dennis was also a fan of the festivities.

“I love Christmas and actually, my dad loved Christmas,” she continued to tell Woman and Home Magazine.

She revealed he was the one who would decorate the house, get the tree, wrote all the Christmas cards, and bought and wrapped his own presents for her mum Joan.

Dennis sadly passed way in 2012 after suffering with Alzheimer’s and Ruth misses him greatly.

“I miss every Christmas – he and I would always go shopping,” she remembered.

And this year, now all Covid resections have been drooped, she is particularly looking forward to having a family Christmas, as her mum will be joining them.

Per the rules, last year she and Eamonn spent the day just the two of them with their 19-year-old son Jack.

The December issue of woman&home is on sale 28 October 2021.

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