Any self respecting blogger is bombarding their readers with copious amounts of posts, piccies and present ideas relating to Christmas. Me? Not so much. Maybe next year. I have 14 nieces and nephews to buy presents for so that has more than kept me busy. Chuck in the Georgeous getting chickenpox and my blog has more the fallen by the wayside.
That was until a fellow blogger and local mama friend Kate from The Less-Refined mind tagged me in the Christmas tag. A chance for me to answer questions on my Christmas loves and habits. A chance I couldn’t turn down. You can check out Kate’s answers at It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas tag!
1. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Santa Claus the Movie (1985) with Dudley Moore was always my favourite growing up. I loved that and The Snowman. George loves the snowman now and we even have a twinkly Christmas pic in the living room.
These days I love Elf but a tradition is for me and hubs to laugh our heads of at The Griswold family in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I can’t vividly remember one but I do remember there being some mild panic that people wouldn’t be able to get to us if it snowed when I was younger. These days our families are so widespread that travel is a must so a white Christmas is no longer the dream
3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We alternate between my family one year and in recent years have been visiting my in laws the other year. On the years my family don’t get together because my sisters and I are all with our in laws, we all get together and repeat Christmas on Boxing Day round my sister’s.
4. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
I have a few with stories behind them.
Feliz Navidad (the Michael Bublé and Thalia) – Hubs has always sung this and I honestly believed he made it up. So when I bought the Michael Bublé Christmas album and this song came on I was literally stunned and let’s just say we enjoy laughing at my stupidity when this comes on.
Last Christmas by Wham – This was always my song to wander round the dancefloor towards the end of the night, hands on chest, drunk and merry singing away and pointing to each of my girlie friends when I say someone special. Those days are gone and sadly so is George Michael so this song now only makes me feel like welling up.
Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade -It’s an absolute classic. Every age knows it and it has brought with it a classic punch catchphrase of just yelling at the top of your voice “It’s Christmaaaaaaasssss!!!!”
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yep. We always were allowed to open one small present on Xmas eve as kids so I’ve carried that tradition on with hubs and now with George. You open it in the evening.
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Erm, without cheating with google probably not. How many are there? 7? 8? Rudolph, Donner, Dasher, Dancer, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid? Let’s give up there shall we!
7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
The big FC coming round on his mighty sleigh, speakers blaring, pulled by his trusty Ford Mondeo. It’s a beautiful tradition that brings me and my neighbours together in our town. With thanks to the Rotary CLub for organising this year after year.
We always try to take George to Santa’s grotto (only one mind you). We are cutting it fine this year though with the intrusive chicken pox making an appearance.
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake
Fake. I would adore a real tree so so much but I’m a cat lady. We have three cats and I know the wally’s would eat the flaming needles and end up in the emergency vets over Christmas. It’s so fab that you can now get little scented sticks to put in your fake tree to make it smell real.
9. What’s your favourite holiday food/sweet/treat?
I don’t like mince pies, egg nog, mulled wine or gingerbread men. I don’t like christmas pudding. So that just leaves turkey and chocolate. I never tire of turkey. Turkey curry, turkey dinner, turkey sandwich. As long as it’s warm I love it. Warm leftover turkey sandwich with cranberry and stuffing, mm mmm.
10. Be honest, do you prefer the giving or receiving of gifts?
It’s always been about the giving for me. These days I have so many niece and nephews we only buy for the kids in our families. I still get a few pressies off parents and hubs but quite often me and hubs are so skint this time of year that we agree to not buy each other much. My list of wants is always long, but I live without them. I just love seeing people open their gifts from me/us.
11. What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
It has to be my bike I got from my mum and stepdad when I was 13. Me and my step sis J (who’s only 18 days older than me) were each given a different coloured sweet wrapper and told to find something that colour in the house Christmas morning. When we did we could keep it. We had a brand new bike each. I still have mine now. Me, sis and hubs have cycled so far on that bike. It holds so many memories.
12. What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Lapland. The whole caboodle. Sleigh ride, so much snow. As soon as George is old enough to remember (say 5 years+) I’d love to go.
13. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I like to think I’m pretty decent. Using ribbons and bows and suchlike although I don’t always bother with the ribbon anymore because of the aforementioned cats. It’s like drawing a moth to a flame and those presents end up with holes torn in them before I even get them to the recipient.
I used to be a proper annoying so and so and put people’s presents in a box wrapped inside a box and so on.
14. Most memorable Christmas memory?
When I was younger and all the Nans and Grandads were alive. All of us, my uncle, cousins, 3 sisters round the table. Usually around 15 of us. It’s how Christmas should be in my book. Now we make a toast to the never forgotten grandparents but still the 15 of us with the addition of our own children and partners.
15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
My sisters are 8 and 10 years older than me ( and as mentioned previous J is the same age as me). One year, I think I was maybe about 7 years old, it fell to one of my sister’s to deliver the stocking to the end of mine and my step sis’s beds. I can’t remember which one of them it was but they made too much noise and I saw them. Silently. I didn’t make a big deal. I knew from then.
16. What makes the holidays special for you?
Time spent with family, guilt free eating and drinking, making magical memories with George and going out of my way to make people feel special. I love the way everyone comes together to try and create that spirit.
Have a wonderful Christmas all. And if you know anyone alone at Christmas. Try and encourage them not to be.
This is my Christmas tag. What did you think? Do you share any of my Christmas loves?
Here are my tags;
Tracey over at One Frazzled Mum
Franca over at A Moment With Franca
Susie over at So Happy In Town
Here are your questions.
- What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
- Have you ever had a white Christmas?
- Where do you usually spend your holiday?
- What’s your favourite Christmas song?
- Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
- Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
- What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
- Is your Christmas tree real or fake
- What’s your favourite holiday food/sweet/treat?
- Be honest, do you prefer the giving or receiving of gifts?
- What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?
- What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
- Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
- Most memorable Christmas memory?
- What made you realise the truth about Santa?
- What makes the holidays special for you?