Ella over at Hello Ella has started a lovely Christmas tag. I’m one of those types who absolutely adores Christmas. I do think the world has gone a bit batty with Christmas decorations up before Halloween has even finished, but as soon as it hits 1st December I am well and truly in the festive mood! I’ve decided to take part to motivate myself to get my shopping done, and have tagged a few of you lovelies to join in. Feel free to participate if I didn’t tag you too, I’d love to see what you’ve written!
What time of the year do you start your Christmas shopping?
I always say I’ll start around June/July, but I generally start in November and end up getting pretty frantic by Christmas Eve when I usually have a few bits and bobs that still need buying…For shame!
Do you have any festive recipes for food or drink you limit solely to the Christmas season to share?
I am the worst cook in the world, but I do have some festive foods I limit solely for the Christmas season! Namely a strong cheese with smoked bacon in it that I get at the Christmas markets in Belfast every year. However, my mum makes ginger wine every year which is absolutely delicious. Pity I don’t know how to do it myself!
Tell me how Christmas goes down in your home.
I travel up north to spend Christmas with my family. Every year, I get ridiculously excited on Christmas Eve and go to bed early. My sister still believes in Santa, which means I get to believe in Santa and get Santa presents too. Every year my dad (who also gets ridiculously excited) and I wake up at 6:00am (no earlier, no later, mind) and wake my mum and my sister. We sneak downstairs and open presents, then have a nap after marvelling at the lovely gifts Santa brought. I absolutely adore it.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Every year my parents pretend Santa might not have come yet. Every. Year. Since I can remember. We also have a mini-Christmas breakfast with fried turkey, ham and stuffing and well-buttered toast, as well as a big glass of milk. Don’t judge me, it’s ridiculously delicious! We visit my grandparents in the early afternoon then return home for a feast together. Christmas Eve, however, is spent with my fiancé’s family, and Boxing Day is when he comes to mine. Then we return back to our apartment to have a good ol’ few days of gaming before work starts up again. When I was younger, we always went to visit all my dad’s family to give out presents, but nowadays we only visit one or two households.
Do you have a favourite festive coffee?
I’m a gingerbread lover, for sure! Though I usually lament the loss of pumpkin spice, as it reminds me of Christmas for some reason.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Shamefully, All I Want for Christmas is You. What can I say, my dad got me listening to it as a child!
What do you do on Christmas Eve?
It starts with visiting my fiancé’s family, playing board games, and eating a big roast beef dinner. Then I come home and watch Independence Day or Gremlins with my dad, listen to my sister try to convince my parents to let her open a present, then go to bed early. Gotta be asleep when Santa comes!
What’s your Christmas wrapping strategy? Do you have a strategy?
I’m awful at wrapping. I just sort of wing it. But it’s really important to me to have matching paper, preferably in black and silver! I also help my dad because he’s utterly useless at wrapping. So we struggle through together, tape attached to faces and tangled in hair, and potentially injuring ourselves with scissors.
What’s your dream gift this year?
Unicorn My super dream not-going-to-happen gift is a new Kindle. Maybe a Paper White or Fire. But that’s not going to happen. My parents have a knack for knowing exactly what I want and need though, so I’m not worried! They always get me lovely, thoughtful gifts.
Describe your Christmas tree. How tall? Real or artificial? How is it decorated?
We have a tiny artificial, stylish black tree at the apartment, decorated very simply with white fairy lights and silver tinsel. One year my fiancé, who hates Christmas for whatever reason, made a giant tinsel heart and put it over my PC monitor. I was so delighted! Back home, my parents have a lovely big artificial tree, usually decorated tastefully with metallic baubles and tinsel.
Do you decorate just the tree or other areas of your house e.g. windows, bannisters?
Usually I’m lazy, but this year I foresee fairy lights everywhere! Back home I usually use a smaller tree in my bedroom.
What do you wear to Christmas parties and what do you wear on Christmas day?
The only party I go to is my work Christmas party, and it’s usually a fun outing so it’s not practical to dress up! One year we went iceskating and had a meal in a log cabin style arrangement, so it was wooly jumpers, thick trousers, and a big thick coat. For Christmas Day, I generally wear something new I’ve received. I’m quite a boring sort when it comes to clothing, I just love oversized sweaters and cosy scarves.
Tagging: Yuna, Tilly, and Heather, as well as anyone else who would like to do it. Please let me know if you do, I’d love to read it!
Remember to make sure to check out Ella’s blog, and let her know if you participate by tweeting her!