Sleb Safari: Celebrity Christmas decorations are always extra

Megan Davison's Christmas tree is a structural wonder while Stacey Solomon's car boot is home to a Christmas unicorn. Pictures from Megan Davison on Instagram and Stacey Solomon on Twitter

HAVE you put your Christmas tree up yet? Or do you abide by the December 8 to January 6 tradition? Sleb Safari prefers the traditional tree dates but respects everyone’s right to display their Christmas how and when they want.

It does however marvel at anyone who can keep a tree alive from November to January and can’t help but wonder whether the numerous celebrities who are already showcasing their trees on social media have an understudy should the leading tree begin to show signs of fatigue around mid-December.

It wouldn’t be a celebrity Christmas tree-a-thon if there weren’t some that were exquisitely tasteful and some that were over the top. In no particular order we’ll start with Stacey Solomon and her unicorn which just about fitted in the boot of what looks like a people carrier judging by her Twitter snap and move on to Megan Davison (engaged to premiership footballer Jordan Pickford) whose tree is barely visible beneath the sizeable polar bears, ice skates and other very white, very large paraphernalia adhered. Goodness knows how all the decorations are staying put. Her dog would need to wear a crash helmet.

Mariah Carey usually begins festivating and decorating her New York home in September because she and her children spend Christmas in Aspen where they festivate and decorate all over again but she’s been strangely quiet on the festivation front on social media which can only mean we’re in for a humdinger of a treat.

To date she’s treated us to a video of her children singing backing vocals to her festivation hit All I Want For Christmas so we can but live in hope that our elusive chanteuse has got something magical up her sleeve.

Sleb Safari will end by saying that for every person who can’t wait to decorate the tree and wrap presents there’s someone who’s wondering how they are going to cope with weeks of Christmas chatter, Christmas music, Christmas carols, Christmas get togethers, Christmas tableaux of happy, peaceful Christmases.

Christmas is a rotten time for many. It’s lonely, it’s a reminder of what’s missing, it’s something to navigate, to get through with your head down and your eyes on January 1.

If that’s you, then keep going; put one foot in front of the other and get through it any way you can. You won’t have to do it again for another 12 months and by then it will hopefully be much easier. You can do it. Promise.

Abba join Twitter

Chiqui-tweeter tell me what’s wrong! Yes, Abba have joined Twitter! Hooray and indeed huzzah!

The band started a Twitter account last Wednesday and their first post was an image of them in a helicopter taken from the cover of their 1976 album Arrival.

The tweet reads: “We have Arrived to Twitter! #Arrival #ABBA”.

It’s nice to see Abba back together and dipping their toe into 2018 before plunging head-first into 2019. Can you tell that Sleb Safari is excited about the prospect of new music and an Abba tour???

New TV shows klaxon

SHOULD you be suffering from The Missing withdrawal symptoms, what with the last series finishing a full two years ago, take heart, for dawn is breaking on the horizon.

Julien Baptiste is getting his own spin-off show called, imaginatively, Baptiste and it will be on BBC One in a few months. The BBC has released some images from the new show which also stars Tom Hollander and it looks like the perfect companion to The Missing.

Hooray and indeed huzzah!

Also due on our screens in the not too distant future is the second series of Fleabag, written by the talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


Phoebe adapted Killing Eve from Luke Jennings’s Codename Villanelle novellas and if you missed that show you need to do yourself a favour and catch it on the iPlayer. Jodie Comer was equal parts mesmerising and chilling as Villanelle and it was refreshing to see the very likeable Sandra Oh back on TV, starring as Eve Polastri.

Social Media Smut


This show is apparently hanging on. Please let Lin know that I am terrific at rapping. #DoubleThreat

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