Interview: Jonathan Ansell of G4 fame talks Christmas

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Jonathan Ansell answers questions about Christmas ahead of his concert with G4 here in Edinburgh later this month.

What is the most random Christmas gift you have ever received and who was the gift from? I got a laser-cut crystal of my sister’s face once! To be fair I sent her one of mine the year before as a joke so I guess I deserved it.
 
What’s one of your favourite Christmas memories? Attempting to record Santa delivering our stocking gifts. My brother and I shared a room with bunk beds and we put out a cassette recorder beside our bed and just before we fell asleep clicked record. The next day we sat secretly listening to see what we could hear. We amusingly didn’t think about the fact the cassette could only record for about 30 minutes per side! We sadly couldn’t hear a thing and certainly missed Father Christmas’s delivery to our room. 

Did you take part in Christmas plays at school? What role did you play? I loved taking part in Christmas plays and enjoyed being a donkey for my first nativity experience. It’s always so cute watching children perform in these shows. Especially when it all goes wrong, making it even more entertaining.
 
What’s your favourite Christmas tradition? Making hot croissants with a lovely strong coffee before opening any presents. We have always got those tin things from the supermarket where you twist it, then it pops open before revealing the fresh dough. A tasty way to start the special day with family.
 
Do you have any Christmas traditions? I love waking up really early to see if Santa has been and filled the stockings. I think I still wake up before the kids to check! I think the chance to sit around a table and enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner together is also extremely special.
 
What are your plans for Christmas this year? Family day in Leeds with lots of extended family from my wives side of the family. I am cooking for about 20. Let’s hope the Yorkshire puddings rise...?!
 
What is your Christmas guilty pleasure? I love lacing my lunch with oodles of gravy and indulging in all the tasty treats of pigs in blankets, stuffing balls and of course the tasty deserts after. Mmm...
 
If you could spend Christmas day anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would have to say, Lapland! One day we will do it. it would be magical to take a husky ride around in the snow and see the magical setting of the iconic Christmassy location.

What have been your highlights of 2019? I’ve been so fortunate to have toured extensively through 2019. each and every night of the ‘les musicals’ and G4 tours have been super exciting but the final ‘les musicals’ show in Birmingham, where G4 joined me on stage as a surprise, was certainly an evening I will never forget. 

What are your hopes for 2020? I hope that my euro million ticket pays more than just £2.30 and that we can continue to share our music with as many people as possible.