Okay, so the countdown to Christmas is officially on! I’ve already eaten an entire tub of Quality Street (and successfully purchased another without being told off by the hubster!), wrapped most of the presents and planned the last food shop before the big day.
Alex at Lamb and Bear has tagged me in the Christmas tag, where I need to answer the following christmassy questions. Make sure you head over to her blog to read her answers.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
I think it still has to be Love Actually. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it now, but Colin still makes me laugh (‘Ja darling!’), Mark still makes me swoon (those eyes!) and I still sob along to Joni Mitchell with Karen (poor woman). The best part is the warm, fuzzy feeling that it leaves you with at the end.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Not that I can remember.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Since hubby and I bought our house together four years ago, we’ve hosted Christmas here every year. We have both sets of parents over and hubby does the veg prep while I do the turkey and the actual cooking. It works well for us, especially since having Little M, as it means that we don’t need to worry about going anywhere. Plus, the parents aren’t allowed in the front door until 1pm, so we get the morning to ourselves to open presents and chill out together (around cooking the dinner!)
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
No, although I have started a Christmas Eve box tradition for Little M, which contains some Christmas sleepwear, a book and this year a rubber Santa duck that hubby came home with from John Lewis!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Err…Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Rudolph… how many are there?!
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to making and cementing new Christmas traditions now that we’ve got Little M in our lives, but mostly spending time with family and enjoying some lovely food.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. I long for a real tree. A couple of years ago the school that I worked at was going to throw out their real, 8ft Christmas tree on the last day of term, so I shoved it across the back seat of my car (with the top sticking out of the back window!) and brought it home with me. I loved having a real Christmas tree in the house and have vowed that one day we’ll feel frivolous enough to buy a real one every year. For now, our fake one is only a few years old and in good condition, so it will do!
What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?
Definitely stuffing and cranberry sauce. I was so excited when I found proper, fresh, gluten free stuffing meat in Sainsbury’s a couple of years ago! I’m also rather enjoying the Quality Street this year which I have resurrected as a family tradition! We always used to have a tin open in the house around the Christmas period when I was a child.
Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
Giving. I’m always more excited about seeing hubby’s face when he’s opening whatever it is that I’ve bought for him, than I am to open whatever it is I’ve been gifted. I still like receiving gifts, though! I seem to get less now M is around as my friends buy for her and not me!
What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
Oh gosh, I can’t even think of anything! My favourite gifts that I’ve received haven’t been at Christmas – like having Little M or getting engaged to hubby.
I would love to spend the run up to Christmas in New York one year. I’ve been to New York four times, but only at Easter or in the summer, and I think it would be a magical place to be at Christmas time.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I don’t want to toot my own trumpet, but I’m a pro. My perfectionist side definitely comes out when I wrap Christmas presents and I love bows, ribbon and pretty labels!
What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?
Definitely a Christmas present I received from an aunt around ten years ago. I was living with my parents and my older brother had come to spend Christmas with us. When my aunt handed me the present, she had told me that it was to go on my bed, and that she liked it so much, she’d bought herself one. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Christmas morning came along and I opened up… a plastic doll, with a large blanket for a skirt! My brother helpfully told me I’d never get laid again if I put it on my bed…!
Probably not the most sentimental memory, but it definitely is the most memorable!
What made you realise the truth about Christmas?
I can’t remember when I realised the truth, but I do remember my mother having a conversation with me when my dad dressed up as Father Christmas for a work’s Christmas party. I remember feeling the weight of responsibility not to spill the beans and reveal the identity of the man beneath the beard!
What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending time with family and just chilling out and having a relaxing day, with lovely food.
I’m tagging Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist to take part in the Christmas tag next!
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