I spotted this over on Fee’s blog Makeupsavvy.co.uk and felt like throwing my own little bit of festivity into the mix… So here are my answers to The Christmas Tag. Feel free to join in – let me know the link in comments if you decided to do this on your blog or answer in the comments if you don’t blog yourself!
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Can I only choose one?! There are a few that I love – Elf, obviously. But one of my all time favourites would have to be Muppets Christmas Carol. I will also always have a soft spot for It’s a Wonderful Life as that’s my mum’s favourite Christmas film. Then there’s the film that I will always associate with Christmas… Die Hard.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, always! I don’t think I’ve ever opened a present on Christmas eve?!
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
100% yes, Ollie proposed to me on Christmas day 2012 so that one would seriously take some beating. Even now it will make me well up a bit. Without a doubt one of my all-time best memories, not just Christmas. Especially since it was a total surprise.
But another Christmas memory that I love is from when I was maybe around 12/13 or so? Me and my brother used to get up really early (yes, I was usually the one who woke up…and then woke him up too) so my parents thwarted our efforts to check out the Santa-left-goodies by locking the living room door. Now, I know this might sound a tad on the mean side, but it only helped build the excitement and anticipation. Then when the door was opened we both rushed into the room and over to the presents under the tree…totally missing the fact that there were two bikes with ribbons on them tucked in the corner. It really was an awesome Christmas and for me it reminds me of the proper butterflies excitement of Christmas day.
4. Favourite festive food?
I guess this depends on if you mean the ‘main event’ meal or something else. For me one of my favourite meals has to be gammon which became a bit of a Christmas Eve. Just the smell of this reminds me of Christmas. All around though, roast potatoes – 100%. Maybe a selection box…
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Have to go back to question 3 and my engagement ring, which I still look at every day and love it. Also, the year I got The Sims for the first time… I don’t think anyone heard a peep out of my until New Years Eve…
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Overall, I really like the fresher side of Christmas scents – the pine type of fragrance. Having said that, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is now one that reminds me of Christmas as it just has that richness to it. Number one scent though, the smell of a real Christmas tree combined with a roaring log fire. Heaven.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
A couple, yes. Although now Christmas gets split a bit between mine and Ollie’s family (plus the fact most of my childhood friends are now all over the place and we don’t all end up back where we grew up every year) they don’t happen ever single year. But Christmas Eve used to always be a night to go out and see old faces down at the pub. It was a time you would either shamelessly flirt with someone you fancied in high school (or just wonder why you ever fancied them in the first place), combined with having a few festive tipples whilst remarking about how so-and-so looks so much older, or such-and-such hasn’t changed since sixth form…
This was then usually followed by arriving back home to find my parents wrapping presents or placing them under the tree (it was always hidden when I was younger of course!) and 9 times out of 10 they would be doing this whilst watching Die Hard – hence the answer on question number one. I would then normally finish the night with a natter with my mum over a glass of Baileys.
8. What tops your tree?
Well, my childhood tree had an angel but now we have this gold star thing. It looks a bit like a sparkly sea urchin…
On the tree topic, I have a whole slightly crazy system for decorating my home Christmas tree – there’s basically a full storyline with the different ornaments (the wooden Santa ornaments with the blue eyes have to go at the bottom of the tree because they’re not friendly… and that’s just the start)
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
The only thing I can think of is an Art Easel – which I remember Santa left me an I.O.U. note for one year…. but that’s ok, I was never all that good an artist anyway. There’s certainly nothing that crazy I can think of. I think I asked for a sibling one year, but I got that – although I think I told my parents I wanted to save my pocket money up so I could buy a little brother…
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I love that it’s a time of year feels relaxing. This is of course something that may very well be extremely different should I ever be the one hosting/cooking for Christmas. I’m lucky enough to have two families that I get to spend Christmas with – which basically means Christmas is extended into a few days of celebrations. Which is awesome. I also love that the days off around Christmas are a totally acceptable time to do nothing but eat leftover Christmas turkey/chocolate/peanuts and wear elasticated clothing/a onesie and watch as many Christmas/Disney movies as possible.
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