IT’S CHRIIIISTMAAAAAS! (Tag)
What’s your favourite Christmas Movie?
I just pondered this out loud with my husband who shouted ‘Die Hard!’ with real man-conviction. Can’t say I agree (having never seen it – I know!), so I’m going Home Alone. I don’t love it now but I used to watch it over and over – and it just reminds me of Christmas at Mum and Dad’s. I thought it was the funniest film ever when I was about 12. (Media Mummy family trivia: my brother now lives a stone’s throw from the house where it was filmed in Chicago, so I’ve seen it in real life – in the snow! Cool.)
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes I think so – but it was a very long time ago, I might have been 8 or 9. At the house my parents still live at. And I don’t remember it being that crisp, white, amazing stuff. Just a bit white and soggy. Still awesome.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Since having the children, we’ve always woken up on Christmas morning at our own house, and then gone to one set of parents’ or the other after presents. We’re going to the in-laws’ on Christmas Eve this year, so it’ll be lovely but quite weird waking up elsewhere! It’ll be fun creeping about doing all the Christmas Eve Santa admin with them over a few glasses of wine 🙂
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Easy Peasy: Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas. Puts a smile on my face picturing everyone in their cars driving to their families, and it never gets annoying. Unlike 99.9% of other Christmas songs. (seriously, when is anyone going to write a song that isn’t East 17 ‘Stay Another Day’ and will stick around as long as the most annoying, old ‘classics’?!)
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
How would we do that? There aren’t any presents before Santa delivers them (if we’ve been good)!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I know there’s Donner and Blitzen, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer (I think). Rudolph, of course?
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I’m really looking forward to filling up M’s stocking when he’s asleep (as long as he’s not ill like he was last year – it was impossible to know when he was totally asleep for the night, so I was worried he’d wake up at 3am and be excited at the full stocking eeek).
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. This is a bit of a bugbear… (love that word – where does it come from? To be Googled). I LOVE real trees – you can’t beat the smell. But with small people and pine-needle eating/stabbing we bought a fake one… Argh. Kind of hate myself for it. I’d love to get a real one again in the next couple of years – but feels like a bit of a waste once you’ve spent the money on the artificial one.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
Pigs. In. Blankets. ALL DAY.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Getting them! Come ooonnnn all you ‘I just love giving gifts for the looks on people’s faces’ lot. That only lasts a second. Your own presents last forever ‘cos you keep them! Anyone who says the opposite it lying 😉
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
I remember getting a new bike when I was around 10. My parents did a treasure hunt to find my last present and the last clue took me outside to the shed, completely beside myself with excitement at the build up… It was AMAZING. I’m thinking of doing something similar for M this year if he’s not too young to get it.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
This is my first really tough one. If someone gave me a load of money to blow on going somewhere hot, clearly I’d say thanks and take the plane ticket to somewhere like the Caribbean. But actually… I don’t think I could say I’d love to go away at Christmas. It’s all about our family in our lounge. And that’s what makes me happy.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m somewhere in the middle. I make an effort but I’m not Rowan Atkinson in ‘Love Actually’.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
Coming down the stairs early on Christmas morning to the MOUNTAIN of presents under the tree. We didn’t collect any gifts under the tree on the run up to Christmas like some people, so the first glimpse round the lounge door was amazing and I was always so excited!
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I’m not sure anything brought my belief to an abrupt end – I think it naturally dawned on me over time. It was also a case of ‘what if I say it out loud and then I don’t get any presents…’ so I didn’t want to risk it!
What makes the holidays special for you?
Time of with my husband, the small people and close family. We don’t have a big family so I feel really lucky to celebrate with them (except my brother who’ll be hanging out at the Home Alone house, maybe). Oh, and presents of course 🙂
I’d love to read the following pals’ festive answers:
- James from A Life Just Ordinary.
- Hattie from Coffee and Bubbles
- Mum Muddling Through
- Bridget from Bridie By The Sea
- Fellow musical fan & technophobe Sam at Stressy Mama
Enjoy the tag if you have time to play pre the big beardy man’s arrival folks x