I love Christmas, it is one of my favourite times of the year and I was recently tagged by the lovely Donna to answer some festive questions and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
I have two! Yes, failed at the first question and I can’t just have one.
It is Christmas until I have watched Santa Claus the Movie. I watch it every year and I still love it just as much as I did when I was a child. I remember every year going to Blockbusters to rent every year.
My second one is The Holiday. I adore this movie and I want to live in a chocolate box cottage too. I love watching it with a glass of baileys, whilst wrapping the presents.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I can’t remember ever having a white Christmas. I remember a few years ago having snow just before Christmas and we wonder if we would make it to Andy’s parents. But it had melted by the time Christmas Day arrived.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Until Holly came along we used to spend half of Christmas Day at Andy’s parents, and the other half of the day at my parents house. But always coming back to our house at the end of the night. But once Holly came along it just all became too much. Plus I wanted the girls to be able to play with their toys in their home on Christmas morning.
Now we stay at home and have our families come to us. I love it!
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, which has been covered by lots of people. I mainly listen to Michael Buble’s version.
Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
We don’t open any presents on Christmas eve and we didn’t as children either. I don’t think I know anyone that does. We do have a Christmas Eve Box, for the girls to open in the morning. It is filled with crafts for them to do during the day, a film, some treats and new pyjamas.
I did a video this year of our Christmas Eve Box, if you would like some ideas –
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Dasher, Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Vixen.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Christmas Eve is one of my favourite days, we stay at home and do crafts, watch a movie and relax ahead of the big day.
In the evening we get our special plate out to pop a mince pie, glass of milk and a carrot out for Father Christmas. We go outside to sprinkle our reindeer food, which the girls just love doing. We hang our magic key up by the front door and the girls stockings up downstairs.
This year my parents are staying over on Christmas Eve which they’ve never done before and I know the girls are going to love it.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We have a fake one and I find it a lot easier to manage than a real one. They are so good these days, it’s hard to tell the difference.
What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?
Turkish Delight, I don’t know why but I don’t eat it at any other time of the year. I love it.
Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
I love buying gifts and giving them to people, do see their reactions and hope that you got it right. To see my girls get excited as they open their presents I love it.
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
Not an easy one! As an adult it would have to be my MacBook, which will make my husband laugh. I love it and use it ALL the time.
What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
New York City, but I would want to go just before Christmas, as I can’t imagine not being home for Christmas Day. NYC looks amazing at Christmas and that would be a dream come true.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Before I had children I used to love wrapping presents. I would dedicate a whole Sunday afternoon to it. Put on a Christmas movie and get them all done. I miss those times. For that reason I would say I’m a pro present wrapper!
What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?
Every Christmas as a child was the same, my nan and grandad would come and stay with us. On Christmas Day morning my brother and I would have to wait for everyone to have breakfast and be washed and dressed before we could open any presents. We would peak through the glass door trying to work out what shape the presents were.
What made you realise the truth about Christmas?
I don’t know. I can’t remember what it was that made me realise or how old I was. I will have to ask my mum, see if she remembers.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Having time together as a family. It’s like no other holiday, as most of the country shuts down for a few days and my husband can really switch off from work knowing that nothing is going on. Plus I get to eat chocolate, drink Baileys and watch movies.
And that’s it. What Christmas is like for us, my memories and what I love. I’m going to tag a few people if they’d like to join in and answer the questions too: