So I have been requested by Jenni from Chilling with Lucas to answer a few questions about my festive joys. It’s weird because I’m not a massively crazy Christmas fan but as I get older, I seem to be creating the occasional family tradition that I think may stick around. Am I losing my marbles in my old age?!
Anyway, here we go…
What’s your favourite christmas movie?
Love Actually and Elf. I watch Love Actually at least five thousand times a year, largely on the sly whenever Joe is out so he doesn’t think I’m completely nuts.
I also love Santa Claus, the Movie because it was very much a childhood favourite.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Not that I can remember, maybe when I was really little? Don’t think so though.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home mostly but we’ll visit family and see as many people as possible. Because of Jude we have to time who we see with him and who we invite over but he’s pretty cool and absolutely loves it when people come to the house. He can be very chatty.
Next year I intend to go and do some voluntary work on Christmas Day with Elsa – I used to volunteer at a homeless shelter in north Hertfordshire and there’s one near me that is always looking for support so hopefully once we’re established we can go there on Christmas Day and help out.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I’m not a massive Christmas song fan but who can’t love All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey?! (Love Actually connection!)
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I’m terrible at waiting for Christmas but no, we save presents for the big day.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Only if I recite the song…
“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, etc etc…Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer had a very shiny noooose”
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Real. Always real. We go to a lovely farm near to us and choose one. This year was funny because they had a couple of pet turkeys nearby and Emmeline kept freaking out when they made their funny noises. She was intrigued but scared at the same time.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
Food…hmmm, it’s all so good. Mince pies are amazing. I think I just like the whole traditional Christmas dinner best, minus the turkey of course and finished off with Christmas pudding and ice cream <3
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
I actually don’t really like receiving presents, I feel awkward and embarrassed opening things that people have bought me. I love to treat people as much as I can, giving gifts is wonderful.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
I should say Elsa as she’s a December baby. BUT Joe bought me a beautiful handbag a few years ago and even though I’m not a handbag-y person, I love it. It’s a really unusual colour which was pretty brave of him to go for but it works.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
We’d like to go away for Christmas one year, it would be great to have Christmas stress-free on a beach somewhere so maybe the Caribbean. We build Christmas up into this big stressy event in this country and it shouldn’t be. It’s meant to be a holiday where we spend time with family and friends and just enjoy ourselves but I think most people would agree with me that the week prior to Christmas can be draining.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
No, I’m terrible. I have no patience so now let Elsa do it because she’s really good.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
I still remember that feeling when I was a child, waiting at the top of the stairs with my parents, quite afraid of going into the living room in case with either saw Father Christmas or even worse, saw that he hadn’t been! I love watching the children’s faces as we go down the stairs, knowing what they’re feeling at that moment. It’s so magical.
A couple from my younger years:
We used to always play Trivial Pursuits on Christmas Eve and I was the question asker as I was too young to understand then questions (probably still couldn’t now)
Opening my stocking and finding the satsuma at the bottom.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
My cousin, David told me and his sister Ailsa. I don’t remember how old we were but I didn’t believe him at first!
What makes the holidays special for you?
All the lovely carol singers and the emphasis on family and being kind to each other.