A bit of Christmassy fun for today! Gorgeous Paige from She Be Chic tagged me to complete The Christmas Tag recently. I love a fun tag, so here are my answers:
What’s your favourite Christmas film?
We have masses of Christmas DVDs, I love snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa and watching a film. I love the Home Alone films (1 and 2, not the later ones), and Elf always cracks me up. But my absolute favourite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – it still makes me cry with laughter.
Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I remember the one from 2010, that was a really cold winter! I can’t remember specific years when it snowed apart from that, but I’ve got a vague memory of one or two when I was little.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Always at home, Mark’s parents come over for Christmas Day. We’ve been out for dinner a few times, but I usually cook
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I love The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’ and Chris Rea ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, but it’s really hard to narrow it down. I love Christmas music.
Do you open any Christmas presents on Christmas Eve?
When the boys were really little, Mark and I used to open our presents on Christmas Eve. They needed so much help with opening boxes, putting things together, and I liked the focus of the day to be on them. As the piles of presents have got smaller, and the boys can deal with things themselves, we’ve started opening presents with the boys on Christmas Day.
Can you name all Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Comet and Vixen, Cupid, Prancer, Donner and Blitzen. And Rudolph as well, obviously!
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to?
I always cook a Christmas Ham for dinner on Christmas Eve. As soon as I start cooking that, the house smells like Christmas and I know that the holiday is really here.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake – much easier to look after. I love the idea of a real tree, but the smell started to bother me after a few days, and it was such a pain to get rid of.
What is your all time favourite Christmas food/sweet or treat?
Actually, I think it’s all the cold cuts and leftovers that we have. Mark makes gorgeous sandwiches for Christmas tea, with turkey, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce…yum!! Then I make a fab Bubble and Squeak on Boxing Day, with the leftover sprouts and mashed potato and serve it with leftover Christmas Ham.
Do you like giving or receiving presents better?
When I was younger I used to get really excited about receiving presents, but now I think it’s more about the giving. I still love receiving presents though, especially now that the boys have started choosing and buying presents with their own money – that feels special.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
About 10 years ago, Mark wrapped up one of my U2 CDs (I’m a huge fan). I was really confused, til he explained that he had bought us tickets to go and see them in concert in Dublin the following summer. I’d never seen them in concert til then, and I was completely bowled over by that!
What would your dream place to visit for the holiday?
I want to go to New York and stay at the Plaza – yes, I’ve watched Home Alone 2 too many times. But it would probably need a Lottery win!
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m pretty good now, I’ve had a lot of practice over the years!
Most memorable holiday moment?
I would probably say flying over to Thailand on Boxing Day 1999 to stay with my Dad. It felt very surreal being in a hot country at Christmas time.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I had my suspicions from about 4 years old, because I was a very pragmatic child. I realised that if my Mom took me to pick out a doll that I liked in November, and then it turned up on Christmas Day, then she had probably bought it. So when I was about 8, I stayed awake late into the night and my Mom came into my room to fetch presents that she had hidden under my bed. That definitely gave it away…!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so do you stick to them?
I stopped making resolutions years ago, because it’s so disappointing when I break them. I prefer to set myself challenges for the year ahead now. That works better for me.
What makes the holiday special for you?
I love the fact that for a few days, normal life stops and we all just relax and have fun. No work or school, lots of good food, my family around me – that’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it?