Alison Steadman with Christmas jumper and tinselGavin and Stacey actress Alison Steadman is already in the festive mood, reminiscing about Yuletides past.

‘I think I was about 8 when I found out Father Christmas wasn’t real,’ she says.

‘I saw my dad creeping around with a bag of presents on Christmas Eve.  I heard him come into my room and I felt the bump of the Christmas stocking at the end of my bed and saw him creeping out, and I thought “That’s not Father Christmas, that’s my Dad!’

The reason she’s talking about her favourite festive memories is to highlight Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on 14 December.

‘It’s the perfect opportunity to have a giggle whilst helping raise money and awareness for Save the Children,’ says Alison.

‘Taking part is so easy, you can get the whole family involved in baking gingerbread in jumpers, donning jazzy Christmas sweaters or even knitting!’

On December 14 2012, Save the Children is asking the UK public to make the world better with a sweater, donating £1 as you wear your favourite knit for Christmas Jumper Day.

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