Christmas Tag – A Festive Interview

I realise that it’s now Christmas Day [Merry Christmas Everyone!]. And I shouldn’t be sitting here writing a blog post. But my insomnia has kicked in yet again, and as I was tagged in this earlier today, I thought what the heck. Let’s have a bit of fun, and keep my mind occupied at the same time.

So there’s a new blogging tag going around the world at the moment. It’s called the Christmas Tag, and it’s basically a way for bloggers to share a little insight into their Christmas and past-times traditions through a series of Christmas related questions.

So without further ado, here are the questions, and my answers for your perusal!

What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Wow, start off with a difficult one! I actually recently wrote a blog post about this, listing my 25 Best Christmas Movies. As a child, my go to Christmas movie was Home Alone. No question about it. But as I got older, more and more great Christmas movies have been released, and so my list of favourites got longer… In recent years, my must-watch movies every Christmas have to be The Holiday, Love Actually, and of course, Elf!

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Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I’m pretty sure we had one about 7-8 years ago? I vaguely recall struggling to get to my parents house, as the little village I lived in at the time turned into a picturesque winter wonderland every time it snowed. Pretty – But virtually impossible to get out unless you had a snow plough!

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

We usually alternate Christmas Day and Boxing Day between mine and my husband’s family. One day is at my parent’s house, with my two sisters and their partners – This year we have another new addition, as my sister recently had a baby. So going forward, I’m looking forward to have both of our children be a part of our Christmas celebrations.

The other day is usually spent at my sister-in-laws house, with both my in-laws, and her in-laws. However due to some family health issues on both sides, we’ve had to postpone Christmas the past few years for his family. And instead, we’ve spent the other day either as a family at home, or with friends.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

I don’t I actually have one? I’ve never been one to have Christmas songs playing in the background… They usually drive me a bit insane when the radios and shopping centres start blaring them out non-stop! The only song I tend to find myself singing along to when I hear it is Rockin Robin by the Jackson 5.

Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?

Nope! I’ve heard a lot of people talking about Christmas Eve Boxes this year, but I’m not sure on the idea. I do like the idea of new Christmas PJ’s and perhaps a Christmas movie before bed – So I may start that tradition with the little man when he’s a bit older. But for now, it’s just Christmas Day for presents here.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Erm… Prancer, Dasher, Vixen, Dancer, Rudolph… But that’s about it! So I’m going to say no unfortunately!

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

I don’t really have any family traditions yet – other than to visit Santa in his grotto at our local zoo. But, I’m really looking forward to starting some more traditions as Chase gets a bit older!

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Christmas 2015
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Christmas 2016

My husband and I do have a few weird traditions we’ve done every year since we’ve been together:

  1. Buy a bottle of Baileys Chocolate Luxe to drink over the Christmas holidays
  2. Buy a tub of Whittards Hot Chocolate for the same reason
  3. Our wrapping paper always comes from M&S. I just love the designs they do!
  4. Watch as many Christmas movies as possible over the festive period
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s fake. I have two cats, and now a toddler. I always have visions of a real tree being pulled down, and pine needles going everywhere! Β I remember as a child, my parents buying real trees for a few years, which were beautiful, and smelt amazing! But whenever it came to the point of getting rid of it… It was a mission to clear up all of the pine needles!

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

You’re going to think I’m really strange. But I love roast chestnuts and brussel sprouts! I also really like peppermint candy canes – especially dipped into hot chocolate!

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

Definitely giving. I hate opening presents in front of people, as I always worry about my reaction if I don’t like it :/ I much rather give gifts, and I like to think I am god at picking gifts for people!

Which is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

It may sound corny, but when I first fell pregnant with Chase I had a really rough time. I don’t mean that I had morning sickness – I only wish it was that. But for reasons I won’t go into, I spent most of my first 10 weeks in and out of the EPU. We didn’t tell anyone i was pregnant for fear of something purchase sildenafil for happening.

Anyway, a few days before Christmas I was brought in to see a consultant. My official “12wk scan” wasn’t due until 30th December, which actually would have been 13wks by that point due to availability over the Christmas period. The consultant offered, and did a scan for me; then gave me a reel of photos of my healthy baby to take away, so that I could tell my friends and family our special news over Christmas. It was definitely the best Christmas present I’ve ever had.

Where would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

It’s always been a dream of mine to visit New York at Christmas and see the massive tree at the Rockefeller Centre. The idea of a 70-100ft Christmas tree, lit and decorated in the street sounds like one of those experiences that should be on a bucket list!

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I like to think I’m pretty good at wrapping! Put it this way, I won’t let my husband wrap any presents! πŸ˜€ I usually go all out, with patterned paper, twining, ribbons, bows, tassels – you name it! But this year I decided to just wrap them in a nice printed “Victorian London” themed wrapping paper I found in M&S.

Most memorable Christmas moment?

It’s not a “Christmasy moment” persae. When me and sisters were teenagers, my parents stopped properly celebrating Christmas. We’d still get each other gifts every year, but we wouldn’t do the whole Christmas experience of tree, decorations and Christmas dinner. Instead, we’d go on holiday every year, usually to the Canary Islands; to get some winter sun whilst everyone was at home in the cold… We’d have a Christmas tradition of going swimming at the beach on Christmas morning, then go home for lunch back at the villa.

One year, my mum decided that she didn’t want to cook on Christmas Day, so after our morning swim, we went on the hunt for a restaurant. But about the only place that was both open, and did vegetarian-friendly food, was a Chinese buffet along the sea front. So that’s what we had! Christmas Day in Lanzarote, swimming in the sea, then Chinese buffet on the beach!

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Christmas in Lanzarote, 2004
What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I’m really not sure to be honest. As the eldest of three, I guess I must have known before my sisters did. There’s a 4yr age gap between my youngest sister and I – So it seems likely. But I have no idea when I found out, or how I’m afraid.

What makes the holidays special for you?

Definitely family. As my family didn’t celebrate Christmas much past my 13th or 14th birthday, I love the fact that now every year we all come together on one day to celebrate. Up until a few years ago, it would literally be the only time of the year that we’d all get together. Although my parents only lived an hour away from me, I had one sister 170 miles away, and the other 260 miles away in the opposite direction! It made getting together really difficult, so I always looked forward to Christmas, when we’d be guaranteed to get together – even if it was only for a few days.

Now though, I look forward to spending time at home with my husband and little man, and setting new traditions. So far our only family tradition is to visit Santa in his grotto at our local zoo!

And That’s a Wrap!

Well, in the words of Porky Pig – That’s all folks!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my answers as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Please spare some time to to visit the lovely blogger who originally tagged me – Madeline @ This Glorious Life

As it’s technically Christmas Day now, I don’t expect anyone to do this now. And to be honest, I’ve really struggled to find “blogger friends” who haven’t already done this – So if anyone would like to be tagged to take part, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll update to tag you! πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas from our little family!

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