The Bellissimo Files Advent Calendar – Day 2: George Clooney in Downton Abbey

A short clip of George Clooney’s Downton Abbey “Text Santa” sketch was premiered last night, during Phillip Schofield’s marathon presenting session, Text Santa 24 (he is presenting and appearing in many different ITV shows for 24 hours. He is doing an amazing job and proves that a great presenter is someone who is natural – the same off screen as on).

You can see the full sketch during the ITV, December 19, broadcast of “Text Santa”. “Text Santa” is an annual fundraiser that raises money for U.K. charities during the Christmas period.

This got me thinking, Christmas really is the time of giving and there are many different ways we can do this. Presents to friends and family; Spending time with important people in our lives; donating time and money to charities;

Below are a few of the local charities that could use your help this season (and beyond).

St Vincent’s De Paul
This Christmas SVP will assist 140,000 families with necessities such as food, fuel and basic clothing.

Any donation will be of great support. Visit

Barnados Christmas Toy Appeal
Not every child will have a gift to open this Christmas. You can change that by adding a child to your Christmas list as part of the Barnados Christmas Toy Appeal.

Barnados have some toy ideas and instructions on how you can pass on your gift at their  website

Novas Initiatives Toy Appeal
Novas Initiatives are a non-profit organisation working with single adults, families and children who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They offer bespoke, client-centred services, based on empirical evidence of more than a decade’s experience of working with people who are homeless in Ireland. 

This Christmas they are asking for assistance in providing children with a present to open on Christmas day. For more information click here

Focus Ireland Christmas Appeal
It’s a very frightening statistic, so far this year 800 children and their families have become homeless.

You can help Focus Ireland in their endeavour to end homeless by donating here

Send a Simon Star
Buy a Simon Gold Star and give it as a meaningful gift this Christmas. You can select gifts such as, a warm bed for a night, a bed, food and Christmas gift, and Light and Heat for a week.

The Dublin Simon Community will send you a Gold Star to hang on your tree. The star comes inside a Simon Christmas card that you can personalise for a family member or friend. 

Send a Simon Star


About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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