Merry Christmas! Can you believe that it’s almost here?
Today is my last day in work for ten whole days. I shall be taking the opportunity to spend some much-needed time with friends, family and eating my body weight in chocolate! I also have big plans to do a marathon day of batch cooking, defrost my freezer and do a ‘big shop’ at Costco. I am obviously living life in the fast lane this Christmas (!) The sad thing is, I’m actually looking forward to it! But I digress…
When Catherine over at Mama Cat & Baby Bee asked if I’d like to take part in ‘The Christmas Tag’, I figured I’d give it a go and answer a few festive questions. So here goes…
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Well, there’s no way I can pick just one! Love Actually, National Lampoons Vacation, Elf, Ernest Saves Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone 2 and Santa Clause always leave me feeling festive. I have never seen Die Hard and The Snowman scares me! (Yes, even at 33 years old…)
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Not that I can remember in adulthood but I think as a child, we awoke to a good few inches of snow one year. Or maybe I just imagined that in some weird ‘White Christmas’ fantasy scenario? I can’t be 100% sure to be honest!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We don’t really have a set place to spend the big day. It varies every year so could be a quite one at home, at my Mums house (she makes THE best Christmas dinner in the world – fact) or out with friends. This year, we’re heading to North Wales to spend a couple of days with my brand new in-laws. I cannot wait!
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Silent Night always gets me emotional. I have no explanation for this nor does it hold any particular significance – I just think it’s a beautiful song! Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas gets me singing along in the car every single time.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No! Father Christmas always makes a sneaky visit on Christmas Eve and leaves us all a brand new pair of PJs on our respective beds but apart from that, we’re a strictly ‘open on Christmas morning’ kind of crew!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Without checking Google? Probably not. Comet, Rudolph, Prancer, Dancer, Blitzen, erm…Dasher (?) Ooh Dixon maybe? That’s my best effort I’m afraid!
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
A traditional Christmas dinner. Sprouts, turkeys, glazed parsnips, pork stuffing, pigs in blankets, goose fat roasties, cranberry sauce – the lot. Also, a family movie night on Christmas Eve with Adam and my girls, all snuggled up by the fire. Bliss!
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. We started buying real ones two years ago and adore the smells, aesthetics and such. This year, however, I was far too unorganised so we resorted to pulling our trusty fake tree from the loft. I must admit, it’s a good substitute; it has pine cones and everything.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
All of them! I’m not even kidding, I’m such a foodie. I love sprouts (I know, I’m a weirdo) pigs in blankets and anything cinnamon-related. I’m not a big drinker but do enjoy a cheeky glass of Baileys over Christmas.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
I genuinely prefer giving gifts. I love spending time hunting for the perfect gift for loved ones. I am a big supporter of small businesses so mainly buy items from independent traders. The end results are generally more thoughtful and personal than the high street offerings. My talented friend Maria makes the most beautiful mosaics and has provided me with some stunning pieces for my Mum over the years. Check out her page, The Little Mosaic Company.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
When I was younger – maybe 7 or 8 years old – I meithered my parents for a microscope for months. On Christmas morning, I unwrapped my last gift to discover that they had indeed bought me a microscope! I loved it so much and spent weeks inspecting the slides, fabric and anything else I could get my hands on.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
The kids and I are very fortune and actually got to visit our dream location in 2014. After an awful year and a sudden bereavement, we packed our bags and headed off to spend our Christmas with Minnie and Mickey Mouse in Disneyland, Paris. It was everything we’d imagined it would be and more. We made some amazing, lifelong memories and I would do it all again without hesitation.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Most definitely the latter. I try to gain inspiration from Pinterest and like to think of myself as a Christmas wrapping goddess but in reality? I hate wrapping presents, so end up rushing through them as quickly and carelessly as possible, usually at 11pm on Christmas Eve!
Most memorable Christmas moment?
It’s not really one moment but my childhood Christmases were the best. Being at home with my family, waking up at the crack of dawn with my sisters, opening our stockings together, my Grandma coming to visit and my Mum making it the most magical day. As I mentioned, my Mums cooking is unrivalled – she’s AMAZING – and she alway put so much effort and thought into creating an incredible day for all.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
When I was 6 years old, I decided to get out of bed at about 10pm on Chistmas Eve and go downstairs to get a drink. As I opened the living room door, my parents were carefully laying presents under the tree. I remember the look of horror on my Mum’s face as she shoved a gift into my hands and hurried me back upstairs. I’ll be honest (I am not sure if I ever told her this – sorry Mum) but I was still very much oblivious to the significance of what I had just witnessed, simply thinking that my folks were putting family gifts under the tree. My poor Mum then rushed upstair flustered, sat me down and told me ‘The Truth About Christmas’. I was sworn to secrecy as I have a younger sister and actually remember feeling quite grown up and smug, as opposed to being upset!
What makes the holidays special for you?
A cliche perhaps but being with family. With busy lives, full-time jobs, school, college and various other commitments, spending quality time together at this time of year beats any material gift, hands down.
I’m now tagging Sarah from Digital Motherhood and Kelly at Fun With 1 Plus 1, however, if you’d like to tag yourself too, then go for it. Remember to tag me/send me your links so that I can have a nosy!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Much love, Lisa xx