There definitely hasn’t been enough Christmas content up on the blog this year. Where everyone has been busy making beautiful gift guides, I’ve been thinking it’s all a bit too much effort. And where there are brilliant Christmas crafts and dinner recipes – well, I’m useless at all that stuff. And to be honest, even though Zach has now broken up from school for the holidays, and Christmas is just over a week away, I am not feeling Christmassy at all. I am feeling a little stressed because I still have quite a lot of presents to get. In fact, I should probably be doing a bit of online shopping right now but instead I am writing this!
So, with my lack of Christmas content, when I saw The Christmas Tag going around, I had to jump on it. The lovely Sherry over at Life at Cooks Cabin tagged me in her post (which you can go and read here) and so I am sat ready to talk all things Christmas! Let’s go 🙂
What’s your favourite christmas movie?
Ooo, what a tough first question. Sherry’s answer was Love Actually and that really is one of my all time favourite’s and just thinking about it makes me want to watch it, but, there is one other film that outweighs all the rest – and that is Santa Claus The Movie. The one with Dudley Moore in it. I just love that film and to me, it makes Christmas. We tried to get Zach to watch it last year but at the time he was still very much a boy who only loved movies if they had songs in them. I shall try again this year as it’s on. In fact, I was horrified when I saw it in the listings and it only having two stars. TWO STARS. Seriously this deserves way more that two ruddy stars!
Have you ever had a white Christmas
I don’t actually know the answer to this. I am 99% certain that we may have had a dusting of snow at some point in the last 35 years but I really don’t remember!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We alternate families every year, one year it’s my side and the next it’s the other half’s. When it’s his side, we tend to do Christmas at our house which always means there are six adults and five children. It’s chaos but always wonderful. We used to go to the in-law’s before we bought our house and most of the time we stayed over.
When it’s my side, it changes often. Two years ago it was at my Mum’s but she has only just moved into her new house and is certainly not ready for a mass gathering! And other times it’s at my Sister’s house which is where we will be this year. In fact, we are going to be staying there on Christmas night which is brill because it means we won’t have to leave early to get the kids home for bed, and it means I can have a little tipple of sparkly stuff!
We then usually spend Boxing Day with the family we didn’t see on Christmas Day but this year the other half’s Dad is working so we don’t actually have any Boxing Day plans. We are going to pay a quick visit to his side of the family on Christmas morning to exchange presents before we head to my Sister’s. I am quite looking forward to Boxing Day because it means that once we are home from my Sister’s house, we can just chill out and the boys can play with all their new stuff!
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I think this is classed as a Christmas song – Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Power Of Love. Gawd I love that song. But if you want me to go really Christmassy then it would probably have to be Wizzard, I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
We don’t. Although we were almost going to this year as we were going to do Christmas early with the other half’s brother and family on Christmas Eve. But now those plans have changed and we are squeezing it in on Christmas morning then it’ll be business as usual with the first present being opened on Christmas morning. That said, I usually buy the boys a new pair of pyjamas especially for Christmas Eve, so they will get those!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I should know this seeing as in my favourite film he names them all one by one, but I don’t think I do. I know Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer and Prancer but that’s all. Although obviously where I am reading Sherry’s post as I am doing this (to get the questions!), I now know there is also Comet, Cupid and Blitzen!
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
My favourite thing is the pre-bedtime bit on Christmas Eve. I try to make Gingerbread men with the boys, although I did fail at this last year (Oscar was only 3 months old and constantly on the boob!). We always eat some and then leave some for Santa! Then we get a carrot and a glass of milk ready and leave them on the table. They are usually on mismatched plates but this year we have this gorgeous board to leave out so I am extra excited! We also write a little note for Santa and leave that alongside it.
We then leave the boys sacks out and grab the special Santa key and hang it on the wall outside next to the front door as we don’t have a chimney for him to come down. We wave to the sky, bid Santa a good night and retreat off to bed. I absolutely love this little process.
And then the most magical thing on Christmas morning, is that Santa always takes the note away and replaces it with his own. Zach’s face at that moment is always a picture!
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s fake. We only bought it a few weeks ago and it’s gorgeous. Only the top half is decorated because Oscar liked the baubles a bit too much but it still looks lovely. I have never had a real tree, we grew up with a dog and now have young children so it has always been safer for paws and little feet to have a fake one.
What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
Oh there is so much. Marshmallows, the little chocolate bits out of the mixed nuts and raisins tub, After Eight’s, the special tin of biscuits! It would be impossible to choose just one. Although growing up, I did also thoroughly look forward to the bowl of custard that I would have after Christmas dinner. I am not a fan of mince pies or Christmas pudding so a big bowl of custard was always the dessert for me! That or Vienetta!
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
I love giving. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love receiving, but seeing people’s faces when they open their gifts is just wonderful. I remember a couple of years ago when my sister had just qualified as a teacher, I put together a box of things that would help her speed up the marking process – stickers, stamps, highlighters and pens. It was such a collection of really simple gifts but there was so much thought behind it and I was so pleased with what I’d done. She loved it too so it made me super happy.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
Oh wow, I mean there have been so many over the years! I am going to say my sewing machine. I admit that it doesn’t get used (I am still insistent that it will one day), but I hadn’t asked for it at all. My Mum knew I really wanted one though and I sure as heck didn’t expect to get one. I was so chuffed that day!
What is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I have always dreamed of hiring out a gorgeous cottage in the countryside and hibernating there for a few days. It would have the log burner, be decked out for Christmas and would be just wonderful. In my ideal scenario there would also be a lot of snow involved, but it would have to appear just after we arrive and disappear just before we are due to leave!
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I am rubbish at wrapping! If it is a standard box then I am not too bad but once it’s a bit of an awkward shape, then it all just goes wrong. I can never be bothered to faff about with ribbons and bows either. Especially on the kids’ presents – they just want to open it without having to get the scissors out!
Most memorable Christmas memory?
Oh, it’s not a good one. The most memorable for sure is the year that I woke up on Christmas morning, fell down the stairs, tripping my Nan up on the way, and sending her flying to the floor. She ended up spending Christmas morning in hospital getting her broken wrist attended to!
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don’t know. I honestly can’t remember when I found out but I do remember hearing my Mum and Dad delivering the presents to my room one year. I am not sure if I already knew, had a sense that something wasn’t true or that it was when I found out. Despite having a big Sister, I think she was pretty good at not letting the cat out of the bag!
What makes the holidays special for you?
Family. All of them! But especially the four of us being home. When I was working full time and had Zach, the Christmas holidays were the longest I got to spend with him. Now he is at school, that is the same scenario and even though I know he is going to drive me crazy from this point forward (a whole 3 weeks!), I am looking forward to trying to spend some quality time with him. Also having the other half home (also known as back up!). He breaks up from work on Friday and doesn’t go back to the new year 🙂
And there you go. That is the Christmas tag over. I really enjoyed answering all of those questions and it has certainly made me feel a bit more festive. I better go and buy some more presents now. And write the Christmas cards to post. So much to do, so little time!
And now it’s my turn to tag. I would love to see these bloggers tell us all about their Christmas tales.