Father of five Jamie Oliver has revealed that he gives his children a rather unusual Christmas gift – he allows them to swear on the big day.

Speaking during an appearance on The Russell Howard Hour, Jamie, 42, admitted that he gives Poppy, 15, Daisy, 14, Petal, eight, Buddy, seven, and 16-month-old River (when he’s old enough!) a free pass to swear on 25th December – but only for 60 seconds.

‘I love (swearing) but as a dad, I don’t like it,’ he said. ‘I say, “How do you know that?” My boy makes them rhyme as well.’

The celebrity chef also opened up about his role in the celebrations when it came to cooking, revealing that he’d banned his extended family from joining the Olivers for Christmas dinner, after cooking for 30 people for the last 15 years.

‘For 15 years I’ve done the big Christmas and everyone’s come to us, there’s like 30 people’ he explained.

‘But two years ago I said, “This feels like work” so last year and this year it’s just my mob, so the kids and my missus.’

He confessed that the move had proved ‘controversial’ amongst his relatives, saying: ‘Some people don’t like the change.’

‘They want to be at my house on Christmas Day eating my grub.’

However, Jamie added that all wasn’t lost for those who hoped to dine with him, wife Jools, and their brood around the festive season – he just makes the menu a little more easy-going.

‘The next day we do it for a big mob but it’s cheeses, cold cuts, pickles, we buy interesting things and make a couple of bits – I knock out some nice bread and that’s about it.’

FROM: GoodToKnow. Words by Eleanor Jones.