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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Not Another Christmas Tag!

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
Edna Ferber

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was nominated by Eva to do the Christmas Tag. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping someone would tag me. So yeah, here I am. I'm not going to tag anyone specifically because well, I'm not sure who's already done it etc. What I am going to say is, if like me you were hoping someone would tag you then... I tag you! Those of you that have done the tag, please link yours below. I'd love to have a look-see. Now on with the questions.

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?  

Well, it's funny you should ask. Aha. I actually just blogged about this very thing a few posts ago! I don't actually have one overall favourite. There are too many awesome ones to choose from, and it depends what mood I'm in. So I'll show you one of my favourites instead! You can see some of my other favourites here.

Okay, so I'm a sucker for cheesy movies. And you don't get much better than some of the movies Channel 5 plays on the run up to Christmas. One year I was lucky enough to catch a Hallmark original Christmas movie called The Christmas Card, and it's been one of my favourite Christmas movies since. It's about a soldier in Afghanistan who is touched by a Christmas card he receives from a woman as part of a Christmas goodwill effort. During leave he decides to visit the small picturesque town the card was sent from and you can imagine how things unfold. This is just a simple old feel good Christmas movie. I can't wait to watch it this year!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Very early Christmas morning. We've had the same tradition since we were little and still do it now. I always find it weird when people sleep in late on Christmas morning because they can't be bothered to get up. I remember my younger friends having to wait because their older brothers and sisters didn't want to get up. I'm lucky that my sisters and I are sticklers for tradition and equally big kids. We hang our Christmas stockings on the bedroom door and from about 1am check every now and then to see if Santa's been. Usually between 2 and 3am they're full and we go get our parents up and open our stockings then go check the living room. After we open our presents my parents go back to bed and sometimes we do too. I don't know why, but there's just something so much more exciting getting up in the middle of the night.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? 

It's really hard to choose one. The one that sticks out most, I'm saving for the favourite present question. Something I love to remember from my childhood is my Santa sightings. Every Christmas Eve we go present delivering. The last place we go to is my grandparents' house. I remember my dad would say we had to get home because Santa would be coming soon. He'd carry me out to the car and some years I'd look up and there'd be something flashing in the sky, which non-believers would probably think was nothing more than a plane. I'd say 'there's Santa!' and my dad would tell me we'd have to be super quick! I remember feeling so excited and a little worried we wouldn't make it home on time. I feel really lucky that even at 24 I still capture most of that excitement. 

4. Favourite festive food?

To be honest, my whole Christmas dinner is my favourite festive food. I always tell the story of how Christmas dinner saved my life. After my back surgery when I was ten I was really unwell and basically wasn't eating, which only made me more unwell. My parents decided if I didn't pick up after boxing day they'd have to take my to hospital. I LOVE Christmas dinner and since you only get it once a year, I didn't want to waste my chance. I even ate the bits I didn't usually eat, the ham, the carrot and parsnip and even the brussels sprouts! And the rest is history. The more I ate, the better I got and the better I got, the more I could eat. BUT, if I had to choose one thing it would be my dad's stuffing. It's like a meal in itself. After we open all our presents, my dad see's if the turkey is done and usually at least the stuffing is, so he makes stuffing sandwiches and we have some before we head back to bed for a nap. Another of my favourite traditions!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

Sixteen years ago my parents went to pick up a little ball of fluff without any of us knowing. On Christmas morning after we'd opened all our presents they said there was one more. They told us all to hold hands and they left the room. A few minutes later they came in with Gracie, an eight week old Shih Tzu puppy. No present could ever top the year we gained her as a family member. For almost sixteen years she was my constant. Always there for me. Even when she lost her marbles, she was right by my side. This is the first year she won't be with us and as much as it breaks my heart, I feel incredibly lucky we had her as long as we did have. She was a special little lady and she'll forever be my favourite Christmas memory and gift.

 6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Does the smell of the Christmas turkey cooking count? I love waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of turkey and stuffing filling the house. Gosh, even thinking about it is making me hungry! Other than that, the usual cinnamon type smells always get me in the festive mood. This year I have some lovely candles from Yankee like Christmas Cookie and Merry Marshmallow. I can't wait to get them burning. 

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Yep! Most of the day we just lounge around and relax while my parents nip out and do some last minute bits and pieces. Some years we've gone to see a Christmas movie in the cinema with our aunt or watched one at home. In the evening my sister's and I open a present each from our parents which are always pyjamas and something for our feet like slippers or fluffy socks. We then shower and change into our new pjs. Sometimes we have some party food then, before we go deliver presents. Yes, we deliver presents in our pjs! The last stop is our grandparents' house, where we have another bite to eat with my grandparents and my aunt Karen and swap presents. After that we go home and put out food for Santa and his reindeer. Last year was the first year I forgot to do that, and I was so annoyed with myself! After we put that out Eva and I head to bed to watch a movie and try and get a little sleep, waiting for Santa to come. I love the routine and how it hasn't changed since we were little.

8. What tops your tree?

This is the star that tops my tree. I got it in Paperchase a couple of years ago. I noticed this year that some of the little stars had fallen off. I was a little bummed, but I don't have the heart to get a new one because this is my first. I might try and see if I can find some little stars to replace the ones that fell off. If you'd like to see what else is on my tree, check out my What's On My Tree post.

9. As a kid what was the one crazy, wild or extravagant gift you asked for but never received?

I actually can't think of anything crazy or extravagant that I asked for that I didn't get. That sounds so spoiled, I know. Santa was always really good to us, and I never really asked for anything like ponies etc. I remember talking to my best friend as a kid about Santa and discussing how he HAD to be real because there was no way my parents could afford to get me a Game Boy and an Adidas jumper, trainers, bottoms and whatever else I got that year. My parents are so good to us, I never thought to dwell or remember the things I didn't get.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you? 

Oh gosh, just everything. I LOVE everything. I love that it's okay to be a big kid. I love that it's so family orientated and brings people together. I love all the memories, the traditions and the food. I love the decorations and seeing everybody's little personal stamp on the holiday and how they celebrate and decorate. I love the wrapping paper and wrapping presents. I stress about buying gifts, but I do love giving them. I love everything, and I hope it always stays that way.


  1. Aw I loved this so much! It's so awesome how you guys get up super early. When I was little I was such a good sleeper my Mam would always have to wake me up! haha We'd get up 7 or 8am but now since Jake and I live alone and don't really have the money to do gifts we just get up at usual time or have a slight lie in until 9-10ish.

    Oh and #5 - best Christmas ever!! So sorry that she's no longer with you, but I'm sure you'll be able to share lovely memories.

    Best wishes, Danielle xo

    1. Aha, thank you! I remember one year when my little sister was a baby we let her sleep on. I remember REALLY wanting to wake her up. My parents literally just get into bed and we're up. I wonder how much it'll change when we move out though. I can't imagine it being any other way. Hopefully our parents will let us stay with them on Christmas Eve so it doesn't have to change. xD

      Yeah, it really was! But yeah, I'm trying not to dwell on the fact she's not here but remember how lucky we were to have her. She was awesome. <3

      Hope you're well! Miss seeing you on Twitter. :'( xo

  2. Gracie is so cute, I'm sorry she's not with you anymore! It's so sad to lose a pet :( I like your tree topper, it's cute!


    1. Thanks! She was the best. Totally crazy, but the best. Lol. Even 5 months later it feels weird not having her around. And thanks, I was really happy when I found it. It was perfect for what I was going for! :D


  3. You can't go wrong with a good ol' Christmas tag! I've never seen the Christmas card, but it looks like my cup of tea, I love movies like that, will try and watch it this week! I'm feeling sooo festive now!


    1. Yeah! I was really looking forward to doing it. I really love some of the tags floating about. They're always fun to do. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. It was on tv the other day, but I missed it. Hopefully it'll be on again or I can find it online. :)



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