Confession time: I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. Thinking about it, I believe that my dislike comes from Jude struggle with social situations. He struggles so I stress out. I also feel like Christmas has become so commercialised that the pressure to conform and make your presents/dinner/family gatherings PERFECT is just too much. It amazes me that I’ve been questioned as to whether my Christmas dinner is is really a Christmas dinner because it doesn’t involve turkey. Do we really need these exacts in our life? I certainly don’t. Ok I sound like an absolute Scrooge. Soz.
SO here are my answers to the Christmas Tag post that seems to be doing the blogger rounds.
Thanks Emma for involving me 🙂
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
Home Alone or Love Actually. I wrote a post on Christmas movies last week as I know there are specific films that are so iconic. Love Actually makes me feel good, I just love it. Home Alone is hilarious, even now it’s still relevant. It’s one of Elsa’s favourite films so we love to watch it together.
WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?
At home or my parents house for Christmas Day. Jude doesn’t travel particularly well so we’ve never ventured particularly far.
We’ll go to Church in the morning to sing a few carols and then back home to play with new presents and start cooking our lunch. We’re having lunch at my parents house this year but I’ll prepare some of the food beforehand; mum and I are sharing the load. Personally, I think my dad and Joe should cook for once but there you go…
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
As mentioned above, I don’t feel a lot for Christmas so I’d happily go abroad, sunbathe and blow Christmas completely off the calendar. We are talking about going to the Caribbean next year or perhaps New York to see friends.
DO YOU OPEN YOUR PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS MORNING?
Christmas morning. Always have done. The children wake up, we go downstairs and the first thing we do is take it in turns to open our presents. They always open the presents from Father Christmas first.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY?
As a child, playing Trivial Pursuits every Christmas eve with my parents and Grandad. I knew that once the game was over, I had to go to bed and that meant just one thing….Father Christmas was on his way!!!
BE HONEST: DO YOU LIKE GIVING GIFTS OR RECEIVING GIFTS BETTER?
I really dislike getting presents so I’ll say that I prefer giving. I threaten Joe every year not to buy me anything as I’d rather we just get lots of lovely things for everyone else. I love choosing gifts for people, finding little gems that I know they’ll love.
FAVOURITE FESTIVE FOOD?
Genuinely don’t think I really have one. Ooh ooh, I know – chocolate log!!!
FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SCENTS?
Cinnamon, orange and spiced candles.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITIONS?
I wrap all of Father Christmas’ presents on Christmas eve, it’s become something I love to do. Once the children are all in bed, I have a glass of wine and look through everything they’ll be opening the next morning. I love it.
WHAT TOPS YOUR TREE?
An angel that Jude decorated several years ago.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
I don’t remember as a child, surely it’s snowed once?! It snowed last year just before Christmas so does that count?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
Mariah Carey’s, “All I want for Christmas” of course!
IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?
Real. Having to hoover a billion pine needles up every week really drives me a bit mad but I still love having a real tree. It smells festive and just looks beautiful. I wrote this post on our tree because it’s just so damn amazingly gorgeous.
ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL PRESENT WRAPPER OR DO YOU FAIL MISERABLY?
I’m not very good. Elsa is better than me so normally get this job. Or Joe, he’s pretty meticulous at wrapping. This is where gift bags come into my life!
WHAT MAKES THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL FOR YOU?
Having a time of reflection. I find Christmas a great time to think about the year gone by, contemplate on the positives and what needs changing the next year.
If Jude has a great day then I have a great day too. It used to be incredibly stressful for Jude; all the people, the colours and lights, even the presents. But now he doesn’t find it so difficult and we can all enjoy ourselves a lot more. I love watching the children throughout the day. Their excitement and vivacity is infectious.
Christmas is also a time for giving. Being kind to people who need your help, offering support or even just donating gifts. I love to hear about the acts of benevolence that so frequently occur this time of year.