Every so often I like to take part in the Blogger Tags that are doing the rounds. Just recently, I’ve seen the Christmas Tag floating around some of my favourite blogs and I thought I’d share the tag and my answers with you all! Thanks to Makeup Savvy for drawing the tag to my attention! I tag everybody who’d like to take part.
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I have a few movies that I love to watch at Christmas which includes my old favourite, Miracle on 34th Street, I’ve never seen such a good Santa in a film and that it reduces me to tears every single time I watch it! Just for the record, I believe…Another favourite of mine is Elf, who doesn’t like Will Ferrell?! It literally has me in fits of laughter the whole way through and I could sit and watch it several times in the week without even getting bored.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I always open my presents on Christmas morning. As I’m a big kid at heart, I don’t even see any of my presents or have them out underneath the tree. Instead, Santa my mum and dad puts them out for me while I’m asleep…obviously. The only presents that go underneath our tree are my mum, dads and dogs!
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I don’t have one particular favourite memory because my parents have managed to make every single Christmas just as wonderful as the last. Christmas is a really big deal to me and the tradition hasn’t changed since I was little, I always wake up and take my stocking to my parents room where we have a cup of tea and I open the gifts, then we all go into the living room and open our presents together. Last year was even more special as my parents surprised me with a beautiful Peter Smith Impossimal painting after our Christmas lunch. That was an amazingly special gift to me as I’d admired it for absolute months and always told me parents when I’d ‘made it’ with my own business, I was going to treat myself to it. It just floored me, they even had it signed for me and had their picture taken with Peter himself. Such a thoughtful and amazing gift and a lovely memory too.
4. Favourite festive food?
Need I say more than Pigs in Blankets? Come at me.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
As I mentioned before, the Peter Smith painting was absolutely amazing. One of my most favourite gifts was actually my hamster that I got years and years ago probably before I even hit my teens. I’d begged for a pet for so long and had my heart set on a hamster. My parents told me to sit and close my eyes and make a wish, when I opened them again, a hamster in a little gold cage was sat there! Amazing. They also did the same thing when they bought me my very first keyboard when I was around five or six years old. As I said previously, my parents have always made sure Christmas is magical every single year in some way or another.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of the Yankee Christmas Cookies candle and the Christmas Eve candle. But the thing that really reminds me of Christmas is the smell of cinnamon or the smell of the German Christmas markets with all the gorgeous food and mulled wine smells drifting around.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I don’t particularly have any Christmas Eve traditions but I like to spend it at home with my mum and dad and my dog. This year will be my new puppy’s first Christmas so I’ll be enjoying having him around for the festivities this year too! Usually, I’ll see my boyfriend on Christmas Eve too and we’ll go for a drink together somewhere. I’m not one for going out on Christmas Eve and drinking in town, I couldn’t think of anything worse than a hangover on Christmas day, plus I’d much prefer to be with my family watching films or sitting about enjoying chatting and eating mince pies.
8. What tops your tree?
This year, I’ve changed our family tradition by adding a red and white bow to the top of the tree. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a beautiful fairy gracing the top of our tree, but this year, I thought it would be nice to try something different.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I always used to ask for a dog which was crazy at the time as I was highly allergic! It was only four years ago that I finally got every single birthday, Christmas and starry wish and got my very own puppy, my beautiful little Chihuahua Lily.
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I love the fact that my family pack in work for a few days and spend lots of time with me. I love being able to visit the family and eat lots of festive food and have a few Christmassy drinks. I also love the whole build up – the gorgeous shop windows, the pretty lights everywhere and the Christmas markets. One of my other favourite things about Christmas is seeing people open the gifts I’ve bought for them. I take so much time and effort planning, buying and wrapping presents for everybody and try hard to find things that I know that they will absolutely love. Making my family happy is something that I just can’t put a price on.
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