This is, more than likely, going to be my last post of 2017 – and what better way to finish than with a post all about Christmas. Okay, admittedly all my posts recently have been about Christmas – but they have mainly been grumpy Grinchy posts as I’ve been feeling very Scroogelike these past few weeks.
But with only a few days left until Christmas Day, I have flung the Cloak of Grinch off and am now feeling pretty damn festive. So, when my dear friends Jenny from Monkey & Mouse, and Hannah from Hi Baby both tagged me in a Christmas themed post I knew it would be a good one to end the year on.
The Christmas Tag
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
That’s a bit like asking me who’s your favourite child! Hmmm, If we are talking modern films then I would have to say The Holiday. But if we are going Old School then White Christmas. Love me a bit of Bing!
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Apparently, there have been nine white Christmases in my lifetime including the year I was born. I don’t recall any of them!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home. Especially now that we have children. Before we became parents we would alternate between our families and our home each year, but now everyone comes to us on alternate years instead.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Again this is such a difficult choice! Fairytale of New York and Frank Sinatra’s version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong are my top three. I love all Christmas songs, to be honest, but my heart belongs to the jazzy versions rather than the modern ones. I have two favourite Spotify playlists that I listen to throughout December – they are the Bloggers Christmas Spotify Playlist that lots of lovely bloggers to contributed to last year, and Christmas, Jazz, and Joy which is just a brilliant festive playlist that I’ve subscribed to. It’s this one that will be on repeat on Christmas Day.
Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
No, but we do have a Christmas Eve box instead.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Ummm, okay: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen, Vixen, Cupid, Donner…. and Rudolph!
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
We normally head outside on Christmas Eve to see the ISS flyby – we tell the kiddies that it’s Santa on his sleigh – but I’ve just checked the ISS site and it won’t be going over the UK on the 24th. Boo.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s a fake one. But one day we will have a real one. I like the convenience of an artificial tree but there is something so nice about a real one.
What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?
I think it has to be the cold cuts that you have on Boxing day – there’s nothing quite like a turkey & gammon sandwich on thick cut white bread smothered in mustard or horseradish. Nom!
Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
Giving. But I feel like I’ve been a bit pants in the giving of gifts department recently, so I need to up my game somewhat.
What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
1981 – Star Wars AT-AT walker. Absolutely kicking myself for getting rid of it a few years later.
What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I really would like to spend a few days in New York in the run-up to Christmas one year – it just looks like the most sparkly, magical place to visit at Christmas. But one year I would like to spend Christmas in a log cabin in Switzerland, or somewhere similar – I think that would be lovely.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Bahahahaha. I’m terrible. Utterly terrible.
What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?
Our first Christmas in this house. It was our first Christmas as a family of four, and we had moved in a couple of months prior. We had had a pretty rotten year but moving into the house was the start of things getting better and Christmas ended up being lovely and relaxing – just what we needed.
What made you realise the truth about Christmas?
What are you suggesting? What do you mean by the truth about Christmas? Huh?
What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending it with Rob and the kids. It’s nice to sort of live in a bubble for those few days where you are with the people you love the most.
So that’s everything I love about Christmas and now that I’ve written that I’m feeling even more Christmassy!
I’m now going to eat my body weight in mince pies and unpack my Sainsbury’s delivery (which I’m hoping hasn’t had any substitutions!)
Thank you for taking a few moments of your time this year to read my ramblings – I really do appreciate it and love all the comments I receive. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store – I think it’s going to be a good one – but before that, I am going to enjoy the next few days with my family.
I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas. See you next year!