The Christmas blogger tag just screams festivity to me, it wouldn’t really be a blogger Christmas if I didn’t follow the crowd and finally partake in the Christmas tag, its taken me long enough, so here goes!
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
This is such a hard question for me, as I am a sucker for any sort of Christmas movie, I normally start watching them as early as November as I worry I wont be able to fit them all in before Christmas! But ultimately if I had to choose it would be Christmas with the Kranks. I’ve watched this for years and years, I refuse to get festive until I’ve watched this movie. If you want to see what else I love to watch throughout Christmas, check out my Favorite Festive Movies post, HERE.
Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Wait people actually open their presents on Christmas Eve? I can’t imagine opening my presents on Christmas Eve; my family has always waited until Christmas morning to do the present opening.
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
I have SO many Christmas memories, I could go on for hours about them, particularly ones from when I was younger, but one of my all time favorites was actually in recent years. So I think it was Christmas 2015, I spent the day with all my family, cousins and Grandparents, and this was the year that I had started to drink, so with it being Christmas, my cousins and I were allowed to drink. I vividly remember all the adults having too much to drink, as had I. I’m a very happy drunk, so I vividly remember being in absolute fits of laughter the entire evening, and drunk eating New York cheesecake with one of my cousins, this is a Christmas Day that I will remember for years and years purely because I was just so happy.
Favorite festive food?
Roast potatoes all the way. When it comes to Christmas dinner my weakness is roast potatoes, I tend to pile my plate with them and as much to my family’s surprise I will always eat them all. I mean by the end of the meal I feel like a human potato, but who cares, it’s Christmas.
Favorite Christmas Gift?
This is impossible for me to answer because every year I’m always lucky that I often get gifts that I have asked for, or things that I have wanted for a while. So I feel like year on year, my favorite Christmas present changes.
Favorite Christmas scent?
It would have to be frosted cranberry scents; I’m always naturally drawn to cranberry scented candles and body butters around this time of year. I think this is down to my Mum always having the Frosted Cranberry Body Shop range in the house around Christmas time, so it just reminds me of my childhood.
Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Since I’ve got a job, in recent years I’ve not been at home during the day on Christmas Eve, but regardless when I finish Mum will have always put out a platter of food, which the whole family tuck into. Also, as I mentioned previously we would normally spend the evening watching Christmas movies, so I guess you could say these were my family Christmas Eve traditions!
What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
There are so many things that I love about Christmas, from spending the day having countless laughs with my family, to having the best meal of the year, Christmas dinner of course. But something that I love the feeling of is when you know you’ve bought someone a really fab Christmas present. I’m one of them people that spend hours fretting over other peoples gifts, making sure they are all as thoughtful as possible. So seeing their reaction to their gifts always makes me happy, its nice to know that being thoughtful has paid off.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Unfortunately not, or not as far as I can remember anyway. In the UK our snowfall tends to arrive at some ridiculous time of year like April.
Where do you normally spend Christmas?
For as long as I can remember my family have always spent Christmas at home, some years we have family over and others we don’t. But regardless, it’s always been spent at home.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, it’s the best Christmas song of all time; don’t argue with me on this one.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Growing up my family have always had a fake one, I’m pretty sure we’ve had the same Christmas tree for as long as I’ve been alive. Despite this, when I finally have my own house, I will definitely get a real one instead of fake.
What is your favorite holiday treat?
I’m a sucker for hot chocolate at this time of year; I try to steer clear of it for the majority of the year as lets face it, its not exactly very nutritious. But when December rolls round, this is normally the month that I treat myself; I have a particular weakness for the Costa festive hot chocolates!
Be honest giving presents or receiving them?
As much as I love opening other people’s gifts to me, I also love gifting other people with their gifts; I love seeing other people’s reactions.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
So from as young as I can remember, I’ve always said that one day I will move to New York, it has been a dream of mine since I was about 5. I can just imagine Christmas in NY to be absolutely incredible, because Americans really don’t hold back when the festive season rolls round.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m actually pretty good a wrapping presents, so much so that last year Mum asked me to help with wrapping hers, which quickly backfired when she ended up giving me some of my own presents to wrap by accident, I’m sure she wont be asking again this year!
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I think I must have been 5 or 6, it was Christmas Eve, I still lived in my old house, which had 3 floors. My room was on the second floor and I could here someone above me. Now bare in mind I was a very paranoid child, like didn’t really like the idea of Santa being ‘in my house’. I asked my Dad who was upstairs and instead of telling me it was just Mum wrapping Christmas presents, he told me it was Santa up there. Let me tell you, you’ve never seen a more terrified 6 years old, I think that’s when I realised.
What makes the holidays special for you?
That everyone is so much happier, even the customers that come into work who are never happy, come in slightly happier, it’s brilliant. Clearly there’s something about Christmas that makes even the grumpiest of people somewhat cheery.
So that rounds off possibly the longest blog post I have ever written, but I did love reminiscing on various Christmas memories and traditions. I can now also say that I’ve finally done the Christmas tag.