White Christmas will really bring out the child in me

Stephen Morgan MP

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It's a funny old time of year, isn't it? There's the excitement of the pre-Christmas buzz and the anticipation of what presents are being hidden by all that wrapping paper and Sellotape.

Having to wait until Christmas morning to open the various different-shaped packages underneath the tree is almost unbearable.

But then there's the flip side. All that stress, money worries and the inevitable family debates about where you're going to be eating your Crimbo dinner this year and whether or not Aunt Edna should be invited (not that I have an Aunt Edna, but you get my point).

Still, we should all really enjoy Christmas time because it's special – particularly if it's a white one.

If that's the case, I'll be beside myself with joy. My two-year-old niece won't compete when it comes to childish behaviour!

Anyway, this week I travelled to London to do my first movie press conference, which was a brilliant experience. Watching movies is my favourite thing to do of all time, so to get to go to an official press conference of an upcoming flick was incredible.

It was for the new movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, who was there and I can confirm she really is as stunning in real life as she is on screen.

I was praying that she had actually been 'airbrushed' just to make me feel better, but she is just so pretty (as a result I no longer like her).

I'm not really allowed to talk about the movie as it's embargoed until the new year, but I did get to watch it before attending the conference.

I found it a weird experience sitting in the cinema at 9.30am, but nonetheless it all added to the overall experience.

What I will say is that the movie was excellent, very unique and worth a watch although it's not released until January 20.

During these press conferences (think a Sky Sports football-type set up), journalists aren't guaranteed a question, so it really was a case of survival of the fittest.

Who thinks I got to ask Natalie a question? If you're deliberating over that, just remind yourself where my nickname Gobby Gibbs came from!

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