Christmas Wishlist

Emily
O'Donnell

Fashion stylist and TV presenter Emily O’Donnell has experience across all areas of the Irish fashion industry including PR, styling and writing. She works as a stylist for Saturday AM and Sunday AM, the weekend breakfast shows on TV3. Her focus is on promoting Irish design and small businesses across Ireland and shining a light on local designers using local materials.

“My Granny always knit a crib for every member of the family at Christmas, so this always held a special place in my heart.”

A gift you received as a child that stands out in your memory?

My first bike stands out as a really happy memory. My parents hid it in the house next door until Christmas morning so I would think Santy had delivered it.

Any objects you particularly associate with Christmas Eve rituals?

My Granny always knit a crib for every member of the family at Christmas, so this always held a special place in my heart because of the amount of effort she put into it. It was always a talking point for Christmas visitors. She taught me how to knit too so I used to help her.

Did your family pass on any Christmas traditions to you?

Christmas plays were always something we would go and see and I was honoured to play Mary one year. We would always take in a panto too which gave me a little taste for the stage - I played the leading lady in a charity panto a few years ago and loved every second as I remember the excitement of being a child and going to see a show.

What are the most valued items in your home, and why?

The most valued items in my home are probably photographs as they capture happy memories and probably my clothes too ha. I’m pretty attached to my wardrobe.

“My first bike stands out as a really happy memory. My parents hid it in the house next door until Christmas morning so I would think Santy had delivered it.”

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