I’ve seen ‘The Christmas Tag’ mentioned on various twitter posts and Linkys. After reading Me and B make tea’s Q&A, I decided to give it a go too! Christmas always evokes mixed emotions for me; part of me finds it overhyped, stressful. But the other of me finds it a wonderful time to switch off and focus on family, relaxing at home and eating. Also, having Little H now, Christmas feels more and more exciting each year. This year there has been such excitement over the lights, it’s been hard not to feel excited too! So here’s how Casa Watling enjoy Christmas!
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
It’s a real toss-up between ‘Home Alone 2’ and ‘A Muppets Christmas Carol’. Sam is not a big fan of either, especially not the latter. So tend to try and watch them in the run up to Christmas on my own. I don’t own either though so have to try and record them off the TV. Come on Netflix, get them into your library please!
Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I think I have but if I did then it was very brief because I don’t actually remember it. I just have a vague memory of feeling excited about snow on Christmas Day. Or I could just be imagining it!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Now we have Little H we stay at home. It’s quite tiring travelling around to family for Christmas and I really didn’t fancy doing that with Little H in tow. I was always at home for Christmas going up, so I love the idea of Little H having that too. We have our respective extended family groups round either just before or just after Christmas for family celebrations. It’s nice in a way as we basically get 3 Christmas Days!
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Errr. Hmmmm. I’m not sure I have a favourite because by Dec 3 they are usually driving me crazy. I find myself singing along to most of them but I guess “I wish it could be Christmas Everyday” is one of the classics I generally enjoy listening to!
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
NO WAY! I am British and that’s not a British thing to do. It’s only another 12 ish hours to wait until Christmas Day when you can open the whole lot so why not wait?! I can’t get on board with these ‘modern’ ideas such as ‘Christmas Eve boxes’. Little H will get to put out a mince pie and carrot for Father Christmas and rudolph then she can wake up to surprise presents in the morning!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Something*, Something*, Donner and Blitzen.
*I had to look them up straight afterwards and forgot Comet and Cupid. Argh!! So obvious now I know.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
We don’t have loads of traditions within our young little family yet. This is only the third Christmas Day Sam and I have spent at home, and only the second with Little H. But we alway open presents after breakfast and then have the traditional big lunch. Growing up I always enjoyed watching the Christmas film in the afternoon. That’s something Sam and I are both keen to continue as we love films! This year we will use nap time for a film.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. I grew up with a fake tree and whilst I do think real ones are night, I can’t get on board with cutting down a tree for 4 weeks in a house. I’ve only recently reconciled myself to buying cut flowers because they’re just the blooms of the plant. I prefer anything else to be planted up with it’s roots intact. But living trees don’t like being indoors for that long so if I ever buy a real tree it’s in a pot in the garden.
What’s your all-time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
After binging on chocolate during Christmas as a child, I have trained myself as an adult to be a bit more reserved with food. But the things I look forward to at Christmas time are: brussel sprouts, mince pies, Christmas cake (if it’s my Mum’s recipe – I have made one this year!) and a few cheeky chocs!
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Giving! I love getting presents for people. Although I hate having to buy presents for the sake of it so if I can’t think of something I get quite stressed just searching. I do enjoy getting a few little bits myself too though, since we’re being honest!
What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?
Errr, that’s a tough one. Mainly because my memory of what I get each year is pretty poor. The one present that Sam gave me which I absolutely love is an amber hoop necklace. I wear it whenever I get the chance. Little H loves playing with it now too!
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I recently wrote a 30 Days Blogging Challenge post about “If I could move anywhere…” and one of the places I weigh-up is Sweden. If I had my way, I’d love to go over to Scandinavia to look round all the Christmas Markets. I’ve only been to Denmark and Sweden in November but both times we just missed the start of Christmas celebrations. They make it look so magical though.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Pro! I used to be even better in my teens when Mum would enlist me to wrap all of the odd shaped biscuit tins for the relatives. These days I’m less patient but when I put my mind to it…well some might call it art. Haha, well not quite but it looked pretty fancy!
Most memorable holiday moment?
I honestly don’t have just one! One memory that always makes me smile is from my childhood years; my sister and I would make little dens behind the chair or sofa and hoard all of our presents there for several days. They were such cramped little spaces but I remember feeling so cosy and enjoying my new presents!
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
Sometime at primary school. I remember about the age of 9 that my friends and I had a very serious discussion about him being real when one friend declared he wasn’t. We decided to secretly still believe. So I guess it was some time after that!
What makes the holidays special for you?
Now I’m a Mum, I can honestly say it’s Little H’s face as she discovers the magical wonder of Christmas. Christmas, in my view, loses its gloss as you get older. Losing my Mum also changed it for me as she was the one who ‘made’ Christmas for our family growing up. But this year I’ve found myself looking forward to it and the opportunity to start building special memories for Little H, like I have from growing up.