Christmas is very nearly upon us and I thought I would end my festive posts by taking part in The Christmas Tag that has been doing the rounds. I was nominated by the simply marvelous Claire at The Pramshed, who I’m trying not to hate too much for being able to squeeze in a holiday to sunnier climes earlier this month. Anyway enough of my petty jealousies, here is an insight into how me and mine will be spending Christmas.
What’s your favourite Christmas film?
It’s a toss up between It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf. Neither of which we’ve watched yet this year – we like to save them both until Christmas Eve. Although the first time the Husband and I watched It’s A Wonderful Life was in the middle of the summer on holiday in a teeny tiny cottage in Cornwall. It was the only DVD that was in the cottage and it was either watch that or talk to each other *shudder*.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I remember at least one when I was a kid and quite a few when we lived in Durham a few years ago. In fact we saw A LOT of snow in Durham over the four years we lived there. So much so I’m quite happy not seeing any for a while. Yes it’s beautiful and yes it’s Christmasy but you try driving a Ford KA up a hill in a blizzard…
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Before the Child came along we’d try and alternate between my family, the Husband’s family and hosting Christmas at ours but the last 2 years it has been just the three of us at home. We did spend the Christmas after we got married on our honeymoon in New York – it was pretty special. Although I drank too much at Christmas Lunch (The Russian Tearooms in case you’re wondering) so missed out on ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre as I had to go to bed – oopsy.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I’ve mentioned before about my love of all music Christmasy and whilst I have a soft spot for all the usual classics my absolute fave is Kate Bush’s December Will Be Magic Again. It is delightfully Bush and always reminds me of Uni when we discovered it on a random Christmas CD.
Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
Last year I introduced a Christmas Eve box (not one of the fancy ones just a cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper). I tied a helium balloon to it and told the Child that the Elves floated it down the chimney. I’ll do the same this year and fill it with Christmas pjs, socks, a book, hot chocolate and other little things. Apart from that everything waits until Christmas day.
When I was a kid I was able to open my stocking presents as soon as I woke up but had to wait until everyone else got up before I could open any more. I’ll probably stick to that rule when the Child gets older, especially as my parents wouldn’t let me wake them up until 8am. I’d love a lie-in until 8am!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Well you probably know them by their show names like Donna and Comet but I call them by what they’re known as down the pub – Shaz, Daz, Baz, Maz, Dave, Ronnie, Lol and Ivor Hardy. Rudolph’s a bit stuck up to come do the Stag’s Head so I don’t know much about him.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Well I’m a big fan of traditions but only if they involved minimal effort (sorry that rules out Elf on the Shelf). Christmas Eve will be all about shutting the door and cosying up. They’ll be gingerbread making, a bit of crafting and a lot of TV watching. Perfect.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Real, always real. I like my Christmas trees like I like my men – real, with big glittery balls.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/ food/ sweet?
Hmmm, don’t know if I can narrow it down. I do love mince pies and mulled wine and pigs in blankets and the big tins of Quality Streets you only get at Christmas. Oh and stollen and smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toast for Christmas morning breakfast. So basically all food, just all the God-damn food.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Since having the Child I love getting her presents. We don’t get her that many but it takes all my will-power not to give them to her as soon as I’ve bought them because I love seeing her little face. This year I’ve put together a pirate treasure chest filled with chocolate coins and crappy plastic jewelry/ treasure. She’s going to love it.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
Well, as the Child was born the week before Christmas I should probably say her but I don’t think anyone would consider a second degree tear and severe sleep deprivation as a gift.
I remember the first Christmas the Husband and I were together he bought me a giant reindeer teddy (at my request). We were having an early Christmas celebration together in Edinburgh before retreating to our separate homes for the actual day and I made him take it all the way to Scotland on the plane, even though I knew what it was. Twelve years later it sits in the Child’s bedroom and the Husband always shakes his head and tuts when he’s sees it because he’d never do anything like that now but I think it showed he was a keeper.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
New York was it and I’ve done that. We spent Christmas in New York and New Year in Vermont followed by a few days in Boston. New York was exactly like being in a film, although we spent all our money in the Big Apple that we ended up having to steal food from the breakfast buffet at our Vermont hotel and lived off stale bagels for five days.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I love wrapping but I’m maintaining my amateur status so I can wrap in the Olympics.
Most Memorable Christmas Moment?
When my Grandad mimed farting in charades to represent Gone With The Wind.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
What makes the holidays special for you?
I love it when you get to the point where you can’t even remember what day it is, not because you’ve been pissed for 4 days but because time and days have no relevance. You end up having a big conversation with everyone to determine that it is in fact Wednesday. That’s the sign you’ve enjoyed Christmas.
Thanks for tagging me Claire. I’m not tagging anyone because, let’s face it, I’ve left it a bit late but if you fancy a go, be my guest.
Merry Christmas y’all!