By now you will have realised just how much I adore Christmas, from those first days of putting up the tree through to the numerous advents we create, the copious amounts of crafts we do as a family and all of the homemade decorations and elfin fun!
When I happened across the wonderful Spread the Sparkle blog this morning I knew this was a tag that I would just have to join in with, although Kara hasn’t tagged anyone in particular I have taken it upon myself to indulge in all things festive!
Here we go!
1…What are your favourite Christmas films?
Wow where to start on this one! I am a true lover of all the older Christmas movies and those ones that they only play on True Christmas channels (the ones with z list stars and unknowns) Having watched Its a Wonderful Life for the past few years I have to admit that its good but not as good as the classic Scrooged. Bill Murray is a superstar in this and I adore the whole Christmas Carol scenes of Christmas past, present and future, the bit where the fairy punches him is still a highlight! haha
2…Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Do people even open them on Christmas Eve?! We have a special gift on Christmas eve which is always PJs and chocolate so that after the bath we are all snuggled in our new pjs ready to watch Scrooged (see above! lol) while eating our chocolates! This year we all have matching pjs, Mr Elf, Mrs Elf, big elf, little elf and so on so that should be fun seeing everyone come out of their bedrooms all dressed in the same outfits! ha
3…Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
We spent so many years trying to please everyone else, or at least thinking we were trying to please everyone else by choosing where to go for Christmas day. There were so many years where we would pop all the presents in a car and then travel to spend Christmas in someone elses home, I dont care whos home it is you are always on edge when the kids have been hyped up on chocolate since 6am and liable to vomit from mid day should any more excitement come! As much as you want to kick back, stay in your pjs all day and have a nap in front of the TV while the queen does her speech you never feel truly able to in someone elses home. This is why my favourite memory is the first year we said we were staying at home…we get up at our own pace, stay in pjs, enjoy food at whatever time its ready and best thing of all is that the kids get to play their games all day and run up and down to their rooms showing us all the things they have received and share simple, pure, excitement without the worry of making a mess!
4…Favourite festive food?
Ferrero Roche count as food yes?! Ok, real food wise I have to say its the copious amounts of turkey dinner, bacon wrapped chipolatas and cranberry sauce, lashings of vegetables cooked in a honey glaze and of course prawn cocktail for starters of course!
5…Favourite Christmas gift?
Hmm, I really can’t answer this one. I appreciate everything I receive and love handmade gifts, one year I got a poster of my favourite things and a painted picture of all of us as a family – this is something that really cant be replaced and is worth more than anything to me in the world.
6…Favourite Christmas scent?
Has to be anything spice or cinnamon! I’m a sucker for all the usual Christmas candles, the likes of Yankee, Woodwick, Bath and Body – take my money and send me all the candles please! This year I have a new burner from Pick n Wax and was sent a sample of their Christmas range and OH MY GOSH I adore the Frankincense and Myrrh, such a heady almost aftershave type scent that filled the house! I also adore the smell of Christmas Cake and this year is the first I have made my own – I can definitely see this being a new tradition too!
7…Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
YES LOTS! As mentioned earlier we always have our Christmas Eve pressie of new pjs and chocolate. After our bath we ALWAYS sit and watch Scrooged as a family while waiting for the turkey to cook, a hot turkey sandwich for supper and an early night for the kids is in order.
8…What tops your tree?
This is a sore subject 🙁 For a long time it was a crystal beaded star that we had since Ben was born almost 21 years ago and we had our own place, last year when we moved the tree and all the decorations got lost in transit and we had to start again – gutted! We now have a gold sparkly star that came in a kit with lots of baubles that we got last minute last year. We will have another, special topper one year, hopefully next year which will be the start of a tradition again.
9…As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) you always asked for but never received?
I can barely remember what I go in the other room for let alone what I asked for as a child! I’m sure though that we always just circled everything in the Woolworths catalogue and hoped for the best! haha
10…Whats the best part about Christmas for you?
FAMILY! Plain and simple, its the most important thing to me and even if there were no presents and no celebration, as long as I have family with me then that is Christmas for me! (oh and the Ferrero!) 😉
Blogmas Day 4! This is what the elves got up to during the night! Snow Angels – oh the mess!
If you really like Christmas too and would love to join in please link up your post as i would love to read your answers!
Merry Christmas everyone!