I was tagged by the lovely Kate to answer some festive questions about how we spend the festive season and the Christmases of the years gone by.
So here goes:
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
I absolutely love Santa Claus the Movie. I have watched it every year since I was a child and to me the Father Christmas in it is the Father Christmas. The children have already been introduced to it as well and it’s always one of the first movies I put on through the festive season.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I vaguely remember having snow on Christmas day once when I was a child but it was wet and sludgy and not beautifully festive like American movies. I think I actually prefer not having a white Christmas!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
For years we spent Christmas day with one set of our parents and Boxing Day with the other but since the children came along we have spent more and more Christmas Days at home and this year we’re inviting all the family to ours for Christmas.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
I love Driving Home for Christmas. It always used to be on the radio when I was driving home after finishing work for Christmas and it makes me so emotional every time I hear it.
Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
As a child I always had one present after Midnight Mass before going to bed on Christmas Eve, usually new pyjamas. But, in our house as we have a Christmas Eve box with new pyjamas and so many other things in it, we don’t open presents on Christmas Eve as by that point the children have had enough!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Donner (obviously), Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Dasher, Comet, Cupid, Rudolph,
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I love putting the mince pie, glass of milk and carrot out for Father Christmas and we also sprinkle reindeer food outside and hang a magic key up by the front door. We have so many traditions!
This year we are having ‘table presents’ – little wrapped gifts for when we sit down for Christmas dinner as a little new tradition too.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We had a real tree once before we had the children but the cats didn’t like it and I thought it just caused such a mess. So since then we’ve had artificial trees – and I love how I don’t have the expense of a new tree every year.
What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?
I absolutely love Mince Pies but I’ve also got a new found love of Panettone too. I could eat pigs in blankets constantly and I just love Christmas dinner. All of it – with lots of gravy and all the trimmings. It’s my favourite meal of the year.
Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
I love buying and giving Christmas gifts. There is something so lovely about finding the perfect gift, wrapping it up and giving it to someone, knowing they’ll love it.
What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
Oooh that’s a toughie. I think the one that has got the most use would be my Sex and the City boxset that I got back in 2004! I still have it now and watched it again recently. But, as a child I got a Super Nintendo console and that was a pretty amazing Christmas.
What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Lapland. If I wasn’t at home for Christmas the only other place I would like to be is Lapland but, then again, I’d probably still love to have Christmas at home so would love to go to lapland and arrive home on Christmas Eve to have the best of both worlds.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I enjoy wrapping but don’t have as much time now. I’m probably a pro wrapped given the opportunity!
What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?
I remember my grandparents coming round every year when I was younger. They’d have a sack of presents and would stay for no more than an hour, having to split the day between four sets of children/grandchildren. But, them arriving, the cold air coming in and getting yet more gifts was just so lovely as a child.
What made you realise the truth about Christmas?
I don’t know really. I don’t remember one pivotal moment, I know I stopped believing at some point but no idea why, I think it was gradual. But, even so, I played along every year and right until I left home Father Christmas came each year – and I loved it.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending time with family, having uninterrupted time with the children and being able to eat pretty much anything guilt free. Oh Baileys too. Baileys definitely makes Christmas special!
And there you have it – a bit more about how we spend Christmas. I’m going to tag a few people in case they’d like to join in and answer the questions too:
Laura from Five Little Doves
Laura from Dear Bear and Beany
Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin
Jenny from Monkey and Mouse
Alex from Lamb and Bear
I also did a Christmas Tag video earlier in the month if you’d like to take a look.