Seeing as it is December and everyone around me is going mental for Christmas tunes and striped stockings, I thought I'd get into the swing of Christmassy things here on the blog. What better way to kick it off than with a Christmas Tag! I hope you enjoy reading this and please leave a comment below if you'll also be doing this tag on your blog, I'd love to read it.
1.What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
This is going to sound very cynical, but to me, all Christmas movies have the same storyline. The average guy doesn't like Christmas, he magically gets transported to the North Pole, something happens to Santa and he has to jump in to help deliver present, the spirit of Christmas hits him, he believes in Christmas, and he makes it back in time to give his son/daughter their Christmas gift. Secretly, I love these movies... That being said, I think my favourite Christmas movie has to be The Nightmare Before Christmas (whose plot isn't too far off from what I described above!). To me that movie depicts the perfect balance of Christmas cheer and darkness.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
When I was a child and couldn't stay awake until midnight, we would open presents on Christmas morning, but for the past 20 years or so we open our presents on Christmas Eve.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I was much younger my eldest brother and his family lived far away and we didn't get to see them too often. He would tell us that he won't be able to come home for Christmas, but then their car would stop in front of our house a day or two before Christmas; that was always his Christmas gift to us. I still remember how happy we all were. My best Christmas memories are where my whole family were together (mom, dad, both brothers and their families).
4. Favourite festive food?
Oh my goodness...this has to be the thing that I love the most about the festive season! I basically love everything, but if I had to choose it would be my mom's roasted leg of lamb and her trifle for dessert.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
That is a difficult one... I tend to be easily pleased when it comes to gifts, but the most recent favourite gift I received was a Nespresso machine from my husband a few years ago.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of the Christmas tree and the tinsel when you take it out of the box after a year! Apart from that I love the smell of fruit cake, maybe more than I like the taste!
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
In our family everyone comes together (usually at my mom's house) on Christmas Eve and we dine on cheese, crackers and cold meats and drink wine and cocktails that my mom and I invent. The Christmas tree's lights are on in the background and there is usually some or other Christmas show on the TV or carols playing on the stereo. Then at midnight we open our presents.
8. What tops your tree?
A big golden star, of course!
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I always wanted an electric train set (dad said those were for boys) and one of those chemistry sets where you get test tubes filled with all kinds of powder that you can do experiments with (mom said it was too dangerous).
10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I really struggle with Christmas as I want to love and embrace it, but it is also a very sad time for me. That being said, the best part about Christmas for me is being with family. Even though I don't see them very often, family is everything.
Until next time!