I love Christmas and so was super excited when the wonderful Vickie over at A Pocketful of Dandelions tagged me in her Christmas Tag post!
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I am mad about Christmas movies, I think we own about fifteen! There are a few that I really enjoy, like Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause and The Grinch, but my favourite has got to be Elf! Will Ferrell is just brilliant!
“First we’ll make snow angels for 2 hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle”
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning of course! We have small stockings and when we were younger we would all clamber onto mum and dad’s bed first thing to open the little presents inside that were from Father Christmas. Then, once we were washed and dressed and had finished breakfast, we would open our presents from family and friends that had been left around the Christmas tree. This is how we will do Christmas with Rosalie too.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I can remember when my sisters and I were quite small, when it was time for bed on Christmas Eve, we would open the front door and see if we could hear sleigh bells. We had to be really quiet and listen really hard, and sometimes I was sure I could hear them! (I grew up in the middle of nowhere so there was very little in the way of noise at night)
4. Favourite festive food?
I do love mince pies, so I think I’m going to have to choose them. Although I’m not a fan of shop ones, I like the family recipe made with rough puff pastry.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Hmmm, tricky. I do like to receive stuff for the kitchen – pans, utensils, recipe books – anything like that. Cute cupcake cases are lovely!
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
It’s got to be cinnamon and cloves, the smell of wine being mulled!
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Growing up we would watch the Snowman animation and White Christmas on Christmas Eve. We’d then have a family sing-song, and my sisters would always do a rendition of ‘Walking in the air’ from the snowman on flute and piano! We’d finish with Dad reading The Night Before Christmas before putting out a mince pie and a glass of sherry for Santa and a carrot and bowl of water for Rudolf. Hopefully we can carry on most of these traditions with Rosalie.
8. What tops your tree?
A gold star.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I’m sure my parents would say there were loads, but I can’t really remember. We were quite into our imaginary horses at one stage, so I expect I asked for a pony. I used to avidly read the Argos catalogue so I probably asked for way more stuff then I ever knew I would get!
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I love the fact that everybody is celebrating together – it’s all about the good food, good company and good fun in our house. I can’t wait for Rosalie to understand what Christmas is, it’s going to be brilliant!