As Christmas is just a couple of days away, I thought I'd answer some Christmas themed questions in a blog post. I've seen loads of other bloggers do the Christmas tag with different questions, so I've combined a few and created new questions to answer. Feel free to use my questions if you decide to do the Christmas tag!
1. What makes the holidays special for you?
I love everything in the run up to Christmas. Preparing for Christmas music concerts, catching up with family and friends as well as watching YouTuber's Vlogmas videos really get me in the Christmas spirit. I love switching off over the Christmas/New Year period. Although the nights are darker, it's the perfect excuse to have a Christmas movie night in with lots of snacks!
|Law School String Group at our Christmas Concert|
2. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I was younger, my sister and I used to get really excited waiting for 'Santa' to arrive to deliver more presents on the afternoon of Christmas Day. I remember being really confused as to who was dressed in the suit as my Dad was always in 'the shower' when it happened. Other Christmas memories include going on holiday to Lapland at the start of December to meet the *real* Santa. The whole holiday was spectacular and I really want to go again, but I realise now it is very very expensive!
3. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I open all my presents on Christmas Day. When I was younger, my sister and I were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. Now we're older, we just leave it all until Christmas morning.
4. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
My family and I go to church on Christmas Eve for their carol-singing service to get us into the Christmas spirit. I always love to watch the Snowman later on in the evening. I'm still quite childish as, on Christmas Eve, I hate to sleep late in case I catch my Mum putting our presents downstairs. Nineteen years later and I've still never woken up to catch either of my parents doing so!
|My sister and I having a duvet day watching 'Love Actually'|
5. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I had to ask my Mum about this one- she said she never told me. I think I eventually found out sometime in primary school when all the other children found out he didn't exist.
6. Favourite Christmas movie?
I love Elf and Home Alone. I also love watching the Snowman on Christmas Eve.
7. Favourite festive food/drink?
You know it's Christmas soon when Starbucks and Costa release their Christmas take-away cups, I love hot chocolates during the Christmas holidays. I also love everything about a Christmas dinner - pigs in blankets, turkey, stuffing - the lot! I can't say I'm a fan of mince pies though.
8. Favourite gift you've received for Christmas?
I can't think of one gift in particular, but I've loved every present I've received from my parents for Christmas. My favourite gift would probably be larger presents like a games console, a mobile phone or polly pockets when I was younger!
9. Favourite Christmas candle?
I've fallen in love with the Yankee candle 'Snow in Love' this year.
10. Favourite Christmas song?
I like 'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin' Stevens. I'm also obsessed with Pentatonix's Christmas album - especially their mix of 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Don't Worry Be Happy'.
11. Have your Christmas traditions changed from when you were younger to now?
Yes! When I was younger and my parents were together, my sister and I would open our presents on Christmas morning, have dinner, then be delivered more presents in the afternoon. We mostly stayed at home in our pyjamas then. But now, since my parents divorced, I see my Dad on Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day with my Mum. We open our presents in the morning and then head off to our Auntie's house for Christmas dinner and to watch movies. Most of the family on my Mum's side gather there, including my little cousin who is 7, so it's always nice to watch him open his presents and for him to show me what he received.
12. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Rudolph, Prancer, Dixon, Blitzen, Donner, Cupid.... I can't remember the other two!
13. What are you having for Christmas dinner this year?
We're planning on having turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, stuffing and vegetables for our main course. Then, we have a selection of desserts - jelly, ice cream, cheesecake and chocolate gateau.
|A pre-Christmas dinner at Toby Carvery at the start of the month|
14. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I remember having one about 4/5 years ago. It's only snowed, where I live, at the start of this month and only lasted a couple of days. We never seem to get a lot of snow around Christmas time nowadays.
15. Do you prefer receiving or giving presents?
Both! I love receiving presents, but at the same time, I love wrapping Christmas presents I've bought for other people and thinking about how much I hope they'll love what I'm giving them.
Merry Christmas Everyone!