I saw this tag over at Budget Beauty and Babies, and just had to give it a go...
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone is my overall fave, but I'm a big sucker for Christmas movies. Last year I was on maternity leave for most of December, waiting for Marianna to put in an appearance, so I ended up watching literally hundreds of the things. Check out my Top 25.
2. Do you open your Christmas presents in the morning or afternoon?
In the morning, but after everyone's washed, dressed and breakfasted. You have to drag the excitement out as long as possible, after all! Others might say this is just because I don't like getting up early for anything, not even for presents. My dad tells everyone about the time I was about three years old and he marched up and down the landing, banging a saucepan with a wooden spoon, because I couldn't care less what Santa might have brought me if it meant getting out of bed. Apparently I sulked all day in protest!
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Not so much a clear memory, as that feeling of anticipation and excitement you get as a kid and you still believe in the magical side of it all. The waiting to find out whether Father Christmas has visited or not. Nothing compares.
|Back when I believed... I'm the one fiddling with my halo.|
4. What is your favourite favourite festive food?
I love all of it. Mince pies, stollen, chocolates, Lebkuchen, etc. Plus all the savoury stuff. It would be easier to tell you which festive foods I don't like. Except I can't think of any...
5. What was your favourite Christmas gift?
I really don't know, I've had so many lovely things over the years. I do love that I always get an addition to my doll and miniature collection at Christmas - I'm getting another Sindy house this year which is going to become a toy shop diorama. It's going to be so much fun to put together.
6. What is your favourite Christmas scent?
This will sound really weird but - tinsel. It has this kind of dusty scent when you get it down after a year in storage. When I smell it I know Christmas is on its way.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really. When I was a kid we used to leave out a glass of milk and a mince pie for Father Christmas, but that's about it. When Marianna gets older though I'm definitely going to start doing a Christmas Eve box with new pyjamas and stuff like that in it. It will be a farewell present from our Elf on the Shelf, McGinty.
|There's way too much shiny going on to take a good picture, but you get the idea!|
8. What tops your tree?
The cutest little vintage angel I found on eBay. She really suits our little tabletop tinsel tree. My dream is to have a big aluminium tree, so we can go full out on the retro Christmas fun.
9. What’s the best part of Christmas for you?
Seeing people's faces light up when you've picked the right present, that's a really good feeling. Then there are the Christmas songs - I've listed my Top Twelve - and, of course, the obligatory after dinner board game. Our family fave is Pay Day.
10. What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
It's Marianna's first Christmas this year and I can't wait to see what she makes of it all. :)