And wife Christine McGuinness – with whom the Take Me Out presenter also shares baby Felicity – revealed their Christmas preparations would be minimal, as decorations are too unsettling for their little ones.
Taking to Instagram, the mum of three shared a boomerang video of their stockings hanging above a fireplace, with her 32.8k followers.
“Daddy, Mummy, Leo, Penelope, Felicity,” she captioned the clip. “I think this is enough for our Christmas decorations, I’m nervous about putting a tree up, I don’t think I’m going too.
“Last year was the most upsetting Christmas we’ve had, we had just been told our twins had autism and we felt very out of our depth. Christmas massively affects the twins behaviour. They were extremely anxious and unsettled.
“The Christmas lights, trees, decorations and music.. it was all too much. It was very over stimulating and with so much change everywhere it was quite frightening for our children who were pretty much non verbal, they had no understanding of what was going on.”
She continued: “They both just walked passed their presents on Christmas Day. I was devastated that they didn’t get up and run down the stairs really excited ‘like other kids’.
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“I knew nothing about autism then. Now I’m fuelled with knowledge on their condition and I’m really looking forward to preparing them in advance to help them understand the magic of Christmas!
“I’m feeling confident we will have a happy Christmas this year.. With a lot less decorations!
“Less is more for our children, they wouldn’t care if they got 1 present or 10 and that is a quality you can’t buy #LessIsMore #autism #AutismAwareness #Christmas.”
And Christine’s fans rushed to praise her words.
“Gorgeous chick, proud of you speaking up about the twins, less is always best good luck, hope all is well xxx,” one replied.
“Those stockings are gorgeous.. at the end of the day it’s only a tree,” another said. “All that matters is you have each other and you can enjoy it together xx merry Christmas x.”
A third wrote: “Your patience, love and understanding of Leo and Penelope’s needs and feelings are the best gifts any parent could give their children.
“They are so lucky to have you as their Mum, and raising awareness of autism must be helping many other families. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. x.”
While a fourth added: “Exactly right… you learn to work around the hurdles and what works for you and your family.”