Ellie Goulding: I am planning a less materialistic Christmas

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llie Goulding has said she is planning a “less materialistic” Christmas as this year has made her realise “how much I appreciate friends and family.” The singer, 33, said she has “never looked forward” to celebrating the festivities as much as this year. She said: “Since December 1 I have been clinging on to Christmas.

I have never looked forward to it as much. I think I have realised how much I appreciate friends and family.  “That has definitely been highlighted.

I think people really appreciate what you have got… I have. I think we will all be a bit less materialistic [this year].

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that people have shifted their attitudes. 

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Ellie at the Brit Awards

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“We all have different priorities from before. There is a different energy and perspective. I think people have reflected on what they care about the most.

I think it will be a very different Christmas. “I am a country girl at heart and I love being out here. I love the space.

It has been good for my mental health,” she said. 

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Goulding at a Crisis centre.

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The star usually spends a couple of days every Christmas volunteering at one of the charity’s centres- with Goulding saying her visits are among her most  “treasured” festive experiences. The star also hosts the Crisis’ Christmas campaign film this year. In it, she is joined by a host of other stars to talk about what is important to them at Christmas.  

Speaking about her role, Goulding said: “Homelessness has also affected me, ever since I was young. I remember seeing people on the streets and asking my parents why they didn’t have a home.  “It has always broken my heart.

Most years I go to Crisis on the 23 and 24 December and it is one of the most treasured things for me about Christmas. I love talking to the people there, hearing their stories. It is positive and it is happy.

My Christmas would not be the same without working with Crisis.”

To donate, go to www.crisis.org.uk/support