A Little Christmas Tag

Something a little different today… I saw this Christmas Tag on Chloe’s Way and thought it was a lovely, festive idea, so thought I would give it a go myself. If you have also done this tag, please leave your link in the comments below, as I’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions too.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?Love Actually or The Holiday. I’m not much of a movie person (I’ve watched embarrassingly few!) , but when I’m in the mood, I really love feel-good movies. Plus, my sister was an extra in The Holiday, so I’m sure I watch it partly because of that!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or
Christmas morning?
First thing on Christmas morning! My family one each on Christmas Eve and save everything else for Christmas Day. On Christmas morning, my boyfriend and I wake up early and drive over to my parents’ house in our onesies or Christmas pyjamas to open presents and have a very chocolatey breakfast. We then pop home to get ready and return for Christmas dinner, or head to his Mum’s alternate years.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?I have loads of little Christmas memories – from my parents’ first dog shredding all the wrapping paper and napkins, to my sister receiving an amazing barbie aeroplane many years ago. Actually, a few years ago, my Dad had barely spoken to my sister and me for weeks before Christmas and we didn’t understand why. Why thought we were in trouble or that something awful had happened. In fact, his Christmas present was a gorgeous spaniel puppy and my Mum had made him promise to keep it a secret. My Dad had found it so difficult not to tell us that he ended up not speaking to us at all!

4. Favourite festive food?I love mince pies and yule log. Oh, and roast potatoes are definitely a favourite of mine too! As I’m vegetarian, I tend to have roasties, parsnips and lots of vegetables on my plate, so I counteract the healthiness with naughty desserts.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?I really don’t know, that’s a tough one! My family do proper presents but we also (STILL) do stockings too. They are full of silly presents and lots of nice things too. My mum takes months buying bits and bobs to fill them with. They’re always quite random too – from pink sparkly pencils to beautiful earrings! I probably enjoy opening my stocking every year the most, because it makes me feel about four years old, and I love how much time and effort has been put into everything.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?My lovely friend Lois bought me a Yankee Candle called “Sunlight on Snow” which smells incredible –  I think it smells warm and of vanilla. I’m usually really fussy with candles, but she’s picked the perfect scent, it’s gorgeous! I also absolutely love the scent of mulled wine! I’m not overly fussed about the taste, but I adore the smell.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?Christmas Eve is my favourite part of Christmas – it always feels so stress-free and exciting. I always spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house where we watch a festive film and generally eat chocolate and mince pies. We don’t light the fire (because my Mum still tells us every year that Father Christmas will get burnt if we do) and we still leave our named stockings by the fireplace, alongside a beer and treat for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph. Everyone always opens one present each on Christmas Eve. It’s usually fairly small and a funny gift.

8. What tops your tree?A little angel

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy,
wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I actually rang my Mum for this question, as to my knowledge I’ve only asked for fairly reasonable things growing up (and apparently that’s true). More recently, however, I’ve been begging everyone for degus! If you aren’t sure what a degu is, they’re essentially very small creatures that look like chinchillas / squirrels! I think they’re incredibly cute anyway!

10. What’s the best part about
Christmas for you?
I love seeing everybody at Christmas and playing board games that have you in tears of laughter within minutes. Generally though, I love the build up to Christmas. I love buying presents (months and months in advance, it’s actually quite sad), decorating, looking at other people’s decorations, I love watching my family open their presents too – my family take it in turns to open everything so you really appreciate each individual gift. It’s really special seeing someone’s face light up when they realise that they’ve received.

I’ve gotten SO excited about Christmas by writing this tag!What are your Christmas traditions?