In case you haven’t noticed, I love Christmas. The food, the gift giving, spiced candles and of course the mulled wine. It’s such a fragrant and happy time of year – I’m already sad that it’s nearly over! Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts recently tagged me to take part in The Christmas Tag, answering a series of festive questions, so here we are.
What is your favourite Christmas movie?
This is a tough one, my brother recently reminded me of a film we used to watch as kids – but neither of us could figure out the name. Long story short, it was The Christmas Star a film from the 1980s about a criminal who is rehabilitated by two kids and the magic of Christmas – or something! I also recently watch The Night Before which is a bit of a black comedy, if you liked Pineapple Express or Ted you’ll enjoy this too. Two classic festive romcoms that I watch every year are Love Actually and The Holiday – which I’ve scheduled to watch whilst i’m wrapping on Wednesday.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
According to The Guardian I’ve had at least 11 in my lifetime but I find that hard to believe! I definitely remember having a sprinkling a few times as a child but I don’t think it was ever enough to build a snowman. As much as I love the romantic notion of a white Christmas I’d rather not have one – people are trying to get to family and emergency services need a quiet day not a tense one worrying about accidents.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Anything properly old by Dean Martin or Nat King Cole is my preference. I absolutely cannot stand ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ or ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ they both set my teeth on edge.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
If we’re spending Christmas Day with my family we got to Matts parents for Christmas Eve, they like to open one gift each then. I actually quite like the idea of opening ALL of the gifts on Christmas Eve as it can be rally hectic to fit everything in to one day. If you’d already opened your Christmas presents the 25th could start with a leisurely breakfast and be a lot more relaxed I think!
Can you name all of Santas Reindeer?
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I feel like my parents cooking is so good it could be called a tradition… I’m really looking forward to that! I’m also pretty excited for our Christmas Eve ‘party’, it’s just my parents and brothers but it’s a lot of fun and very relaxed in contrast to a lot of the festive season. This is really our year of starting a lot of traditions with Luisa, I’m really enjoying showing her all the little quirks of December and making tiny memories.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s fake, but you’d have to look twice to tell! It’s a woodland pine from Christmas Tree World and I absolutely love it. If we’re in a bigger house next year I’ll probably get a real one too, a little smokey blue pine.
What is your favourite holiday treat?
All of the cheese, all of the time. Also mulled wine, lebkuchen, pigs in blankets, shortbread, gingerbread lattes – I could go on all day!
Honestly, do you prefer to give or receive gifts?
Without hesitation, I prefer to give. That’s not to say I wouldn’t be gutted if I didn’t get any gifts but I really do love choosing and wrapping presents for people. Especially when they’ve been a good friend or had a hard year and deserve a treat.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
Probably my Stendig calendar from my Mum, I never in a million years thought I’d get one as they’re not easy to get hold of and quite expensive. I can’t believe it’s coming down in a few weeks!
Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Last year we went to New York on Boxing Day. I would never travel so close to Christmas again, ever. It was so tiring and hectic and the excitement/stress of going away took away from Christmas Day. I would however go away for 4/5 days over Christmas – just not immediately before or after the big day. I’d love to go to a remote cottage in Scotland one year, with a roaring fire and fully stocked fridge.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Somewhere in between I think, although this year I’ve put a lot of effort in. I know lots of people don’t care about fancy wrapping – to be honest I don’t either but I genuinely enjoy wrapping gifts so I usually try and make them a bit fancy.
What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
Ooh that’s tough, maybe the year we got Scaletrix. I have so many amazing memories of Christmas spent with my grandparents. If I could have them back this year i’d happily never have Christmas again.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don’t think there was a moment, it was a gradual thing but we kept the magic alive for years because my littlest brother is 11 years younger than me.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Bickering with my three brother in festive outfits of course! No I love all the family time, enjoying good food and bad TV. This year I’m really excited for Luisa to spend time playing with everyone, I’m sure she’ll be beside herself.