Aagh it’s Christmas! I’m afraid I am one of those annoyingly excited Christmassers, who gets more and more ecstatic about it the further into December it gets. It’s also my other half’s birthday very close to Christmas, so always feels like a real event celebrating the two together. When we met, he told me he had a lifetime of getting joint presents and people forgetting his birthday, so I can’t help but spoil him a bit when his birthday comes round.
Since we’ve had a baby, Christmas seems even more magical. This year in particular, Emma is more and more interested in the tinsel, fairy lights and is obsessed with snow globes too! It’s lovely to see as last year she was way too young to get a sense of what was going on. It feels like the fun is really beginning. So when the lovely Kimberly a.k.a Media Mummy tagged me in her Christmas Tag post, it was just another excuse to get all high pitched squealy about the fat guy bringing us presents…
What’s your favourite Christmas Movie?
This is such a tough one. There are the obvious ones that I love, such as Elf and Home Alone but my all time favourite is It’s A Wonderful Life. It reminds me of watching old movies at Christmas with my Dad – I’d do a bit of moaning at having to watch TCM but really I loved it.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Sadly no…we’ve often had snow slightly after Christmas or even in January but nothing on the day. I do remember once we went on holiday to Malaysia and arrived back to hear there had been a white Christmas while we were away…typical!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
The tradition is to spend Christmas morning with my stepson, his mum and the three of us. We open presents and have a bit of breakfast together. Then at lunchtime, my stepson goes to his grandparents and we drive to my mum and dad. We also try to visit my other half’s parents every other year in Ireland so that everyone gets a bit of the grandchildren love 🙂
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York, always. I absolutely love this song. My stepson finds it hilarious that one of the lines is “Merry Christmas you ass, let’s pray God it’s our last” – it makes me laugh too! It’s a song I love listening to all year round but really reminds me of being close to the fire with family.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Noooo, although I didn’t know that was an option! Usually I am still wrapping up all the presents on Christmas Eve as I am a serial last minute shopper with presents…perhaps I enjoy the thrill of getting it done right at the last hour.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Rudolf (obvs), Vixen, Prancer, Dasher…how many more are there?! So, no I cannot name them all.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
To be honest, as Emma is still so young, we are yet to have family traditions but I’m excited to carve out our own over the next few years. I have recently bought personalised stockings for us and the kids; I can’t wait to hang them up together on the mantelpiece. I also bought 2 reindeers with James and Emma’s names on. I thought it would be lovely to have those to hang up each year, along with the 1st Christmas decoration I bought for Emma last year.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake all the way! We have inherited a really tall one and I can’t wait to get it decorated this weekend. Fake seems to be the best of both worlds as there is much less tidying up to do afterwards…lazy parent over here…
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
I’m such a sucker for stuffing and we only ever have it at Christmas, plus my mum’s stuffing is awesome! As for sweet treats, I’m going to throw in a 90’s classic and say Elizabeth Shaw mint chocolates – I could eat the whole box, they are so yummy.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Aww it’s gotta be receiving! But I do think it is really lovely when you give a present you’ve put a lot of thought into and the person loves it. I also love the anticipation right before you open all your pressies, it’s always so lovely to see how much care goes into buying presents for each other now we are all adults. When we were younger, there were countless Lynx sets bought for my brothers and always a pen for my Dad. Thankfully my present-buying skills have improved since then.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
The past two years, my other half has bought me beautiful necklaces – which I love. I’m not a big jewellery fan but these are so special to me. Last year he bought me a hummingbird gold necklace, as it is his nickname for me because the hummingbird is the smallest animal with the biggest heart in relation to its size. I’ve probably explained that in a really clumsy way, but it’s romantic to me!
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I’ve always wanted to go to Japan but haven’t been yet. I’d love to spend Christmas there and experience a completely different culture.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Somewhere in between…my sister-in-law is the most amazing wrapper, her presents are always beautifully wrapped in string. My OH on the other hand is an awful wrapper and has no problem with sellotaping with duct tape, before writing the name with a felt tip pen! I like to think I am a happy medium…
Most memorable Christmas moment?
It would have to be last year, as we spent Christmas with most of the family and I watched me and my sister, both with babies for the first time. It made me feel all warm inside to be together as it had been a big 6 months with a newborn!
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
Sad to say but I didn’t have some epiphany that it is physically impossible for one guy to travel the world with heaps of presents in one evening. I’m pretty sure my older brother told me in a fit of rage when I was younger…that’s older siblings for you!
What makes the holidays special for you?
This sounds so cheesey, but it’s being with family and being able to spend quality time together. Especially with my other half, we are often so busy working and juggling the childcare that we don’t often have whole days where we can just laugh and chat. That’s what Christmas means for me.
So that rounds it up! Hope you enjoyed my festive chit chat and now I’m tagging a few of my blogging besties to tag part. If I missed you, do jump in and answer the Q’s too & don’t forget to give me a heads up when you post as I’d love to read them.
Annette from 3 Little Buttons
Sam from Mouse Moo & Me Too
Fi from A Mum Track Mind
Fi from Beauty Baby and Me
Jane from Maflingo