Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Christmas Tag!

There's a tag going around the blogging world at the moment, started by the lovely Becky from Milkbubbletea. I have really enjoyed getting all christmassy and reading these, and so I thought I'd join in! The pictures are from a trip to Sloane Square on Sunday.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s? 
I never really watched lots of Christmas movies growing up, Christmas was always a whirl of preparation and family. We'd only turn the tv on on Boxing day for the news! Now though, one film that is always guaranteed to get me in the Christmas spirit is Love Actually. I also like Elf and The Polar Express. My housemate is the biggest Christmas fan ever- he is literally like Elf, so I think this year I will watch loads!!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning!! I wake up really, really early on Christmas morning- like 4am. I used to get so excited when I was little that I'd feel sick! I'm not allowed to disturb anyone until 7am, when I open my stocking in my mum and dad's room. We then have a big breakfast with bucks fizz, get dressed into something sparkly, and shirts for the boys, and start unwrapping about 10 or 11. We go one at a time in age order and so it take all day with loads of breaks.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
One of my favourite parts of Christmas now is looking back at what my parents used to do and understanding it from an adults perspective. It's funny that 'Santa's favourite' was red wine and mince pies, which are my dad's favourites! My mum must have stockpiled for ages because she used to do such good advent calendars and stockings. My dad used to do big 'santa prints' in the snow and paint 'reindeer prints' on the patio door. It makes me smile thinking of their creativity now I'm an adult and I can't wait to start my own traditions for my kids.

4. Favourite festive food?
I love the run up to Christmas...Christmas coffee and festive sandwiches, the big meal we have on Christmas eve for my Nan's birthday and the red wine in front of the fire with my sister. On actual Christmas day, I am that massive weirdo who loves all the vegetables. Red cabbage, sprouts and parsnips. It's such a change when veggies get the love treatment. Having said that and sounding all smug and healthy, I also love stuffing and panettone.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
One year my parents got me and my sister a keyboard and hid it behind the curtains so when we thought presents were all over my dad opened the curtains and there was a huge box waiting for us. Last year was really special too..I'd had such a difficult year and was feeling really vulnerable. Everyone treated me with meaningful things and things to really look after me. I got lots of bath bombs and snuggly scarves and things that were really 'me' after a long time getting joint presents with my ex. I felt like I'd found me again and got really tearful that year. It's weird, but I still really treasure and get a bit emotional when I use something from that year.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas spice- those candles and mulled wine and panettone.I currently have a Christmas spice candle burning in my bedroom- you can see it in the background of my Barry M post.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
It's my Nan's birthday so if she's with us we usually make the house feel like a birthday rather than Christmas. When she was a kid she only got one present for both, so we make a point of using birthday paper, changing the decoration and making a 'birthday' day for her that isn't Christmassy. 

8. What tops your tree?
We used to have an angel that I think my mum made. Our tree was always very thrown together and messy with homemade things and me and my sister were in charge of it. I still did it last year. I think we have a star now. Either way the tree is always wonky and the angel looked drunk all the time. My new flatmates and I just decorated and it has a bright red star now!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received? 
I don't really think I did! I wasn't really a materialistic kid..and I'm not really now which is why most of my blog revolves around experiences with the occasional product thrown in. I think we care far too much about stuff!! 

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Being with everyone I love and care about within a very short space of time. Especially now because I don't live at home, it's nice to get to see everyone. I also love getting to cook with my dad- he usually gets one meal to do and basically spends hours with a bottle of wine messing up the kitchen. I usually help out and between the two of us we end up a little bit merry and create something edible at about 10pm. I also love seeing all my mum's hard work come together and she creates something amazing. It's so nice to see it all pay off.  I also love having a cuddle with the family cat by the fire. She's 19 now, and a complete lunatic.

What are your favourite Christmas traditions? If you'd like to do the tag, just copy and paste the questions and make sure you link back to my blog and Becky at milkbubbletea! I'd also love to hear your answers in the comments :)


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