Liam Payne has found it hard being away from home in the lead up to Christmas.

The 24-year-old singer has only seen pictures of the festive decorations chosen by his girlfriend Cheryl Tweedy to adorn their home because he's been busy promoting his music, and he admits it is tough being away from his partner and their eight-month-old son Bear at this special time of year.

He said: ''The house has just been done up all Christmassy so there's a lovely feeling around at the minute. I've been away for a little while so I've only seen pictures, that's been the hardest thing about touring.''

While the 'Strip That Down' singer is excited about his first Christmas as a parent, he and Cheryl aren't planning to buy Bear any gifts.

He added: ''But first Christmas as a dad. Best advice I've been given is just buy wrapping paper and make it really, really shiny because they'll only be interested in that.''

Liam recently admitted he can't wait to spend time with Cheryl and Bear over Christmas - and is equally excited about overindulging in ''lovely Christmas food''.

He said: ''My holiday plans are to spend some beautiful time with my son and to eat my own weight in lovely Christmas food. You might see a different Liam after Christmas, and then you'll see post-Christmas Liam with a new year's resolution, hopefully!''

And the One Direction star will be inviting his extended family over to celebrated too.

He said: ''It's going to be amazing. We've been arranging getting the stockings and the names on them and all that cute stuff. All my family are coming over. We'll have a big Christmas dinner.''