We’re so close to the big day now I can practically smell the turkey roasting in the oven! On this lovely 15th day of Blogmas, I thought I would do a Christmas Tag! However, before we get into it, we have to tick today’s song off the Christmas Countdown! Today’s song is Merry Christmas Everyone! When I was younger I didn’t realise the difference between this one and tomorrow’s but I feel like it’s important, especially when going through the nation’s favourite songs in the way of a countdown. It was only when getting the link I realised I’ve never actually seen the music video for this song before!
So yes, Christmas Tag. I’ve actually never done one of these before and I’m so excited to answer the questions. Have you ever done the Christmas Tag before? Let’s begin!
- What’s your favourite Christmas film?
Wow this is a difficult first question! To be honest, I actually had to come back to this one. It was a lot more difficult than you would expect! It varies from year to year, although I have 2 films that I simply have to watch every Christmas no matter what. I refuse to choose between them! The first would be The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen – Charlie is an adorable child and I think all of us at some stage have wished our dad would become Santa magically so we could travel the world with him on Christmas Eve. My second choice is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw this, but it’s the one film I remember watching as a child. There’s something magical about combining Disney and Christmas, am I right?
- Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes! When I was younger, and lived on the east coast of Scotland, we had so many White Christmases! Well, I say that, we only lived there for 5 years. I don’t really remember much about them, like I remember the odd fact. One story that we get reminded of frequently was one year my dad’s parents came across to spend Christmas with us. I would’ve been anything between the age of 3 and 8, and my Granda was taking great delight in winding us up on Christmas Eve – pretending he could hear Santa etc, you know the usual stuff to get kids excited and make them go to bed early. We got up the next day to find that Santa’s reindeer had left hoof prints and sleigh tracks in the snow on our driveway! We didn’t have a chimney or fireplace so we used to leave the door unlocked for Santa to come into the house. Turns out Granda had just used his walking stick to make the marks but it was the coolest thing ever!
- Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Normally, we spend it in our house in Lisburn. There have been the few times we’ve been in my mum’s Mum’s house, just for simplicity when Dad has been involved in the church on Christmas Day, and then last year we spent the holiday’s at my aunt and uncle’s in Dundee! Rachel doesn’t like being away from home on Christmas Day as she feels it just isn’t the same.
- What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Noooo! I refuse to answer this one. I can honestly say I don’t like “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” however I love the rest of them! If I really had to pick one, I’d have to vote for ‘White Christmas’. It’s such a classic!
- Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, we don’t do this. My parents always tried to keep it as only presents on Christmas Day. The only year we got to open a present on Christmas Eve was the year we got our Christmas jumpers! We were given them half an hour before we went to the midnight service at church. I’ve never been so excited! It was red and I loved it.
- Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer, Dancer, Comet, Donner, Vixen, Blitzen, and Cupid! Course I can, silly question 😛 I’m obsessed with Christmas!
- What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?
Since we’re at home again this year, I’m really looking forward to our standard routine! Christmas Eve morning is spent polishing cutlery, setting the table, cleaning the house, and preparing whatever food can be sorted the day before. We make sure the tree is lit all day and have Christmas music blaring through the house. Around lunch time, we all rush through the shower so we can get down to see Granny and go to the rugby club for drinks, nibbles, and music. The atmosphere is buzzing! Around 6pm we head home again for a slow cooked lasagne or something similar that can be left in the oven while we’re out. We wash up and then curl up on the sofas to watch It’s A Wonderful Life, before preparing to go to the midnight church service! To this day, even though we know the truth about Santa, Rachel and I are awake early and sit with each other until it’s acceptable to go wake Mum, Dad and Granny up to open presents! We have so many other traditions but this is what I missed last year with us being in Dundee. I can’t even really remember Christmas Eve last year, but it wasn’t right not having to clean and prepare for the day.
- Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake unfortunately. When I have my own house (not flat) I want to have a real tree and a fake one so I can have a themed tree and then a fun one! To be honest though, it doesn’t matter to me whether the tree is real or fake – as long as there is a tree!
- What is your all-time favourite food/sweet treat?
At Christmas? Gotta be Christmas pudding! I know a lot of people will disagree but I adore it!
- Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I love giving gifts the most! It’s so much fun shopping and trying to think of what the other person would love to receive. Every year I go a little overboard, but if we can’t treat the people who’re always there for us then who can we treat?
- What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I actually have no idea… Is that bad? In fact, I’m sitting here trying to remember what Christmas presents I’ve received in the past… I can’t even remember what I was given as a Secret Santa present back in first year of university! That’s quite shocking actually… However, one of my favourite Christmas presents ever was actually what Nuala got me for Secret Santa last year. It’s a mojito making tool! You can get yours here.
- What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Oooooh another tough one! I would love to visit somewhere cold where there is definitely snow on Christmas Day!
- Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Hahahahahahahahaha I fail miserably every time! I’m the queen of sellotape when it comes to presents.
- Most memorable holiday moment?
Two years ago, my Scottish cousins and my aunt and uncle travelled over to Belfast to spend Christmas with us. There were a few ‘incidents’ that made it a memorable time but one thing that will stick in my memory for quite a while is after dinner. We’ve always played games after dinner – our usual one being Tennis Elbow Foot. It’s an associated word game that’s been in the family for a long time (someone starts with a word then going clockwise you’ve to either say a word related to it or rhyming with it e.g. bat, cave, man, ban, forbid, disallow, allow, etc). There were 12 of us all playing, and after the amount of alcohol consumed, there were some very funny answers! It was also the last Christmas we had with Dad’s uncle Tom, so it stays with me a lot more.
- What made you realise the truth about Santa?
My neighbour decided when I was 9 and Rachel was 6 that we needed to know the truth about Santa. It was crushing. I refused to accept it until I had left primary school though!
- Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I always make them, but can rarely stick to them. I’m going to try really hard in 2017 though, I promise!
- What makes the holidays special for you?
Just being able to spend time with family without the arguments. Everyone knows I love Christmas, but the main reason behind it is it’s the one time of year my parents tried to hide their arguments from us so we could enjoy the holidays. It’s just so magical, and I hope someday to be able to make it this magical for my children.