Christmas is only a day away. Are you prepared? For once I’m feeling very organised. So organised that I can afford to spend the time taking part in The Christmas Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Amanda at Mrs Warburton. As I’ve been very quiet on the blog I thought it would be a lovely post to come back to. And an opportunity to talk about Christmas past, present and future. So are you ready to feel the Christmas spirit?
The Christmas Tag
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Mr H and I watch Scrooged and Labyrinth every year at Christmas time. It has become a real tradition. But I secretly love the schmaltzy Christmas movies. So favourites are While You Were Sleeping, Love Actually and The Holiday.
And as a child, my Gran and I used to watch The Slipper And The Rose every Christmas. So although that is not a traditional Christmas film. It holds a special Christmas place in my heart.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We take it in turns where we spend our Christmas holiday. Last year, we were at Mr H’s parents’ house. This year we’re spending Christmas with my family. And next year, it will just be the four of us.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I can’t think of anywhere more magical than the North Pole. It would be a dream come true. Especially if I got to see the Northern Lights.
Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We open our stockings on Christmas morning and then the presents under the tree are opened once everyone is dressed and while the turkey is cooking.
Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
One year, I asked Santa Claus for a particular doll. She was called a My Child and I had found the exact doll I wanted. I’d cut her picture out of the My Child brochure and stuck it on my letter to Santa Claus.
On Christmas morning, I received another doll. And in the package was a letter from Santa Claus. It explained that he and his elves had looked everywhere for the doll I wanted but to no avail. Santa went on to say, that he knew that I was such a kind girl that I would love this doll just as much. And I did.
I really wish that I’d had the foresight to keep that letter. It would be something that I would treasure forever.
Be honest: Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I find buying gifts quite stressful. But I love seeing people’s faces light up when they are thrilled with a gift you’ve bought them. And of course, it is always nice to receive something in return!!
Favourite festive food?
All of it. I’m such a glutton. But if I had to pick one thing then I would choose Christmas pudding. Served with brandy butter and custard. Delicious!
Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking. But I also like the scent of oranges and spices.
Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
What tops your Christmas tree?
An Angel that Little Miss H made with a wooden peg at school.
Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Not that I remember. I did have a White Christmas Eve once when I spent the week before Christmas in Germany on a choir tour. It was wonderful powdery snow and was quite magical.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I want to claim that it is Fairytale of New York because I know that sounds cool. But in truth I love cheesy Christmas music. So it would be Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas and Wham’s Last Christmas.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Real. Although, I think we bought it too early this year as it is beginning to look quite sad. We try to make buying our tree and putting up a very special family event and call it Our Christmas Tree weekend.
Are you a professional present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I used to be really proud of my wrapping skills. But now I have so many presents to wrap that I just get the job done. This year I’ve tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible and have wrapped presents with brown paper and velvet ribbons. The ribbons can be reused and the paper can be reused or recycled.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Being with my family and seeing loved ones. And now I’m a Mother, it is the joy on a Child’s face when they know that Santa Claus has been and left them presents.
What do you love about Christmas?
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.
Much love and many hugs