Seeing as Christmas less than two weeks away (whaaat?!) I thought today would be a good day to answer a few Christmas questions! Lauren from Scrapbook Blog tagged me to answer the questions below…
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
I would say Love Actually, but I think I have possibly seen it too many times now, and the but scene where Emma Thompson’s character listens to Joanie Mitchell while the realisation that her husband is having an affair sinks in, doesn’t make me feel particularly festive.
This year, I think my favourite Christmas film might actually be Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles. M has requested to watch it at least every other day for the past week, and I’m not tired of it yet.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home, with my family. Ever since Matthew and I bought our house five years ago, we’ve hosted Christmas Day for both sets of our parents. I’m strict, though, and don’t let any guests in the door until 1pm. The morning is our time as a family unit. First when it was just Matthew and I, and now with the children.
We spend the morning cooking, lazily getting washed and dressed and opening a few presents from each other. Then the parents join us and we have lunch at around 1:30 – 2pm. After that, we watch the Queen’s speech, open more presents all together, and settle in for a bit of Christmas TV and playing with the children’s new toys.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I think I’d always like to be at home with family on Christmas Day, but I’ve always dreamed of taking a trip to New York over the Christmas period. I’ve visited the city four times before, but never during the festive season. I imagine it would be absolutely magical, particularly with the huge Christmas tree and the ice rink at the Rockerfeller Center.
Now that we have children, in the more immediate future I’d like to take a trip to Center Parcs for their Winter Wonderland. We had thought about doing exactly that this year, but decided to go at October half term instead. We really enjoyed our weekend there and have booked to go again during the first half of next year. I think Winter Wonderland would be magical for the children and relaxing for Matthew and I, too.
Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, for us. Well, all through Christmas Day really, as we tend to open presents with the children’s grandparents in the afternoon.
Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I’m not sure about a favourite memory, but my most memorable Christmas present was from a now-departed aunt. When she gave it to me, a few days before Christmas, she proudly told me that it was to go on my bed, and that she’d liked it so much when she bought it, that she’d bought one for herself, too.
I was both intrigued and mystified as to what it could be, as I was 24 and she was in her late sixties. I imagined it might be some kind of throw or cushion.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened a rather scary-looking plastic doll, with a knitted body and skirt. My brother took great delight in telling me that if I put it on my bed, I’d never get laid again! Needless to say it found its way to the charity shop. Sorry, auntie!
Be honest: Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Definitely giving. I enjoy finding the perfect present for someone, and wrapping it beautifully. Receiving them is nice too, though!
Favourite festive food?
Stuffing. Proper meaty, gluten free stuffing. It’s a real treat for me as I don’t usually get to eat it as most restaurants serve wheat-laden versions and it’s a bit of a luxury that I wouldn’t normally have with a home made roast dinner.
Oh and Quality Street.
Favourite Christmas scents?
The delicious smell of a turkey cooking on Christmas morning!
Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes! Every Christmas Eve, I write up my Christmas Day cooking schedule. This ensures that Christmas morning is as stress-free as possible as it means that either myself or Matthew can just look at the schedule at any time during the morning and know what needs to be done next, to get Christmas dinner on the table on time.
Since M has been born, we’ve also started to have a Christmas Eve box with her, just with a pair of pyjamas and a Christmas-themed book. M’s has her name on it, and I’ve had one made for B, too. In future years I’d like to add in a special Christmas mug and some hot chocolate ingredients, but they’re too small for that at the moment.
What tops your tree?
This year we’ve got a sparkly white star, with red beads.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Not that I remember. We usually seem to end up with snow between January and March, rather than December.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Oh, I’m not too sure! I heard a good one that I hadn’t heard before while shopping in H&M last week. I’m annoyed that I don’t know what it is to find it again!
I enjoy the classics like All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey, but also enjoy newer tunes like One More Sleep by Leona Lewis. Oh and of course we have the obligatory playing of the Michael Bublé Christmas album while decorating the tree.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
This year, it’s a real one, as we were sent one to review by The Christmas Forest. I love having a real tree and will consider buying one next year – although, as beautiful as it is, I’ll probably decide to save the money and get the artificial one out of the loft instead!
Are you a professional present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
Oh, I’m definitely a pro! I love wrapping presents. I’m quite particular about it and to me, a present isn’t wrapped until it’s got ribbon, a bow and a tag. This year I’m using up wrapping paper and ribbon that we’ve already got, but I’m interested to see how I can creatively embrace the new eco-friendly trend for brown paper and string, next year.
What makes the holidays special for you?
This year, I think the answer to that question will be the children. M is just starting to learn about the magic of Christmas and it is so lovely watching her eyes light up at the very mention of it. She is loving learning all about Father Christmas and spotting the ‘Christmas Houses’ (houses with any kind of Christmas decoration on the outside!) whenever we go for a walk.
I’d like to tag these bloggers to take part, too:
Lianne at Mrs Mummy Harris
Sarah at The Herniman House
Kate at LesBeMums
Rachel at Mummy in Training