Christmas is nearly upon us. Its just a twinkle away.
And, as we all wind down to celebrate the festivities, I thought I’d jump on the Christmas Tag bandwagon (or should that be sleigh).
Prudence, over at Adventures In Homeschool kindly nominated me. Go over and visit her blog when you get a chance, its a whole heap of interesting.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
A Muppets Christmas Carol and Home Alone are definitely up there, but I think it has to be 80s gem Santa Claus The Movie. It’s the first Christmas movie I remember watching, so for me it is inextricably linked with Christmas. Sentimentality outweighs film critique every time. Is this where I admit to never having watched Elf?
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I’m pretty sure I have. Its hard to be sure if the snow I remember was actually on Christmas Day or just around it. But, I’m 90% certain that I have.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We currently do a little tour of all the family over the Christmas break. It can be difficult now we have a toddler in tow but it’s what works for us all at the moment. I’d love to host everyone – but I’ll probably regret saying that in 2 years time when I’m up to my eyeballs in sleeping arrangements and dietary requirements.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I’ve just done a post about this. Little Donkey by Nina and Frederick. I love how melancholy it is. I have so many memories and associations with it that I think it will always be my favourite. It also doesn’t get played too much. There are some Christmas songs that drive me nuts with how often I hear them in the run up to Christmas.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
None at all. It just wasn’t a tradition in our family. I wonder if I might do a Christmas Eve box for when Bee is older. Or I may build on something my brother and I invented one year. On Christmas Eve we gathered together a collection of word searches, colouring-in pages, plain paper, naughts and crosses frames and the like, taping them all to a large wooden board. In the morning we had activities to keep us entertained until our parents got up and we were allowed to go downstairs. This was obviously the 80s – well before iPads.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Indeed I do. All in Michael Bublé’s voice. His Christmas album is played a lot in this house.
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
We don’t really have many Christmas traditions. I’m hoping that as Bee gets older we will begin some of our own. The three of us do share Christmas stockings. We open them together first thing before we even get out of bed. I love some of the little gifts we find to put in there for each other. You have to get really creative to find things that will fit. I think as the years go on, if Bee is interested in Santa, then the stockings will be the presents from him.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I’m afraid its fake. For a long time we had a real one, and I love real Christmas trees. The look so lovely, it’s such an adventure buying them, and they are so much more environmentally friendly. But after Bee was born we had to go fake. I couldn’t cope with all the pine needles sticking in the carpet presenting a choking hazard. And this year we’ve bought an even smaller fake tree for on top of the sideboard. A toddler and a floor level Christmas tree do not mix.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
At Christmas I’m all about the cheese. To be fair, I’m about the cheese for most of the year, but at Christmas I let myself really go to town. I like a full range of different cheese on my cheese board and its always nice to try something new.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Giving. I find receiving gifts quite stressful. I actually have a real aversion to opening presents in front of other people. It’s too much attention. I’ve got used to it with my own family, but I still prefer to watch them open the presents I’ve bought them.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
I remember one year being obsessed with troll dolls. The 90s version. My parents must have bought me about 20 ranging in size from 5 inches tall to 1/2 an inch tall. My Dad wrapped them all individually and put them in my pillowcase (we had our presents in pillowcases back then) amongst my other gifts. I remember being delighted finding these tiny little parcels to unwrap, each time I reached in.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Scandinavia. I’d like to be certain of a white Christmas. To be fair I’d like to visit Scandinavia at any time of the year, but I think it’d be magical at Christmas time.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I quite enjoy wrapping presents and I don’t think I’m too bad at it. Not that I’d call myself a pro, but I appreciate crisp corners, straight joins and a well tied ribbon. I try to emulate my grandpop, he tied all his gifts with just paper and string – not a bit of sticky tape in sight. We’d just fold the paper back up and use it again next year.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
A sad one actually. My Nana died just before Christmas (as did my Grandpop 3 years before) and on Christmas day that year, we had presents from her to open. It was strange, and difficult, seeing her handwriting on the tags and unwrapping paper that she had so carefully folded and taped. I can’t even remember any of the gifts. Just the tags and the wrapping paper, and that she wasn’t there.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I was really relieved to discover the truth. I was pretty scared of Santa. Anxious children with vivid imaginations, and make-believe men who creep around your house in the middle of the night do not mix well. If I needed the toilet on Christmas Eve night I wouldn’t dare to leave my room and go, for fear of bumping into him on the landing. And the logistics were all a bit dubious for me. I felt much better with the truth.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Slowing it down and finding time to appreciate what I have. Spending time with the people I love, doing the things I love. And now we have Bee, making Christmas special for her.
Have a very merry Christmas everyone.