The Christmas tag

I’ve not really written that much on here about our Christmas plans or traditions this year.  So I was really happy to be tagged by the lovely Kate from Five little stars to take part in the Christmas tag.

It’s basically a list of questions about all things Christmas.  So, here we go:


What is your favourite Christmas movie?

I’m not sure I actually have one single favourite Christmas film.  But I do have a couple that I love to watch every year.  It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas if I’ve not seen Love Actually, The family Stone and Jingle all the way!


Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I remember having one or two white Christmases when I was a child.  I couldn’t tell you exactly how old I was, but I do remember walking in the snow to visit family friends on Christmas day.  And once in more recent years it did snow on Christmas day here in Swansea, but I’m not sure it really counts because it didn’t settle at all.


Where do you usually spend your holiday?

We tend to visit my family in Kent for a pre-Christmas Christmas, and then spend actual Christmas here in Swansea.  It’s a juggling act though, trying to get to see all the family when we’re dotted around the place.


What is your favourite Christmas song?

Step into Christmas by Elton John.  No doubt about it!


Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?

We don’t have a tradition of opening presents on Christmas eve, but this year the children will have a little something to open from the Christmas week box I put together for them.  Then before they go to bed we’ll put out the traditional plate of goodies for Santa and his reindeer!



Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Seeing as I can’t actually tell you how many of them there are, I’m going to go with no!


Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is Christmas morning, all gathered on our bed, opening stockings.  And exchanging messages with my parents and my siblings basically shouting “he’s been!” at each other!


Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s fake.  And we had a bit of a palava with it this year.  We had a 4 foot fake tree that I’m pretty sure I bought before my husband and I even got together.  And it was looking a bit sad last year, so in January we took it to the tip.  And then completely forgot that we’d done so, until we went to put it up a few weeks ago.  So we had to quickly order a new one from Amazon, and went for a lovely 6 foot one this time.  So it arrived, and I went to put our lights on it.  Then realised you kind of need more lights for a 6 foot tree than you do for a 4 foot one.  So ended up having to buy a new set of lights too!  It looks lovely now it’s all sorted though!


What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

We used to have Tunis cake when I was younger which I really loved, but I can never seem to find them in the shops any more.  Now, when we spend Christmas in Swansea, one of the culinary highlights is my Mother-in-law’s chocolate torte.  It’s so good, we like to take photos of it to send to family and friends who aren’t in Swansea to show them what they’re missing!


Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

I honestly prefer giving gifts.  There’s something so exciting about watching someone open a present you’ve picked out for them, especially when that someone is your child.


Which is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

Oh this feels really bad to say, but I can’t think of a present off the top of my head that stands out over all the rest.  I’ve always had such lovely, thoughtful presents from my family though, I just can’t think of one in particular that I can claim as the best ever!


Where would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Somewhere super cold and snowy, in a log cabin, with lots of cosy sofas and fire places!


Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.  I’m definitely not an expert wrapper, but most of my gifts look pretty decently wrapped I think!


Most memorable Christmas moment?

I don’t have one particular moment, but I have great memories of Christmases spent at home with my family.  We would stay at the dinner table for such a long time, eating and chatting and taking it in turns to open presents.  I really loved that, taking our time over it all.


What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I really don’t remember.  I’m sure I believed in him for quite a long time though, which is impressive seeing as I’m the youngest of three children.  My brother and sister must have done a great job of keeping the magic alive for me.


What makes the holidays special for you?

I think it is spending time together as a family.  And seeing how excited my children are about the whole thing, it just makes it a really wonderful time of year.


So there you have it.  A little insight into our Christmas!

And I’m really pleased to now tag the following bloggers to tell us all about their Christmases:

Kate from Hippy Christian Mum

Tina from Adventures of Mummy and me

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