I know, I know...it's not even December but I just couldn't resist bringing a little festive sparkle to the end of November. This tag was started by the lovely Becky.
1. What is/are your favourite Christmas movie(s)?
There so many so this is a tricky one, but I've settled on two. The first is Elf. I just love it. It's funny, festive and just gets me in such a Christmassy mood. The second is Love Actually- I love the mix of characters and story lines and the music is so good. I remember seeing it in the cinema the day we broke up from sixth form for Christmas and everyone was SO happy.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We open the majority of them on Christmas morning - usually first thing as we just can't wait. We have one present (usually pjs) on Christmas Eve and then we also get a 'book on the end of the bed' to open as soon as wake up - this was a great tactic from my parents to keep us in bed for longer on Christmas morning! Haha.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
It has to be our typical Christmas morning. My brother, sister and I would all pile onto my Mum and Dad's bed with our sacks full of presents. We'd wait for my Mum to get her cup of tea and then get opening our gifts. We'd just be so happy that we'd survived the night (we could never ever get to sleep, much to my parents dismay) and so excited about the whole day of fun ahead of us.
4. Favourite festive food?
Ooh this is a tricky one. Obviously love the copious amounts of chocolate but I am also a big fan of stuffing - chestnut and sage, mmmm. I remember at school being the only one who seemed to like it and everyone would end up giving me their portion - it was amazing.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I've had so many lovely presents but the one that stands out is when I was bought a hamster. I was 10 years old and knew that my sister was getting one as had been looking at them with my parents, and had secretly (or maybe not so secretly as think it was quite obvious!) wanted one too. We came down on Christmas morning to find two Rotastak cages with two cute little hamsters inside. I was so genuinely surprised and happy.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
It has to be the smell of a real Christmas tree. You just can't beat it!
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Usually we go out for an early dinner and then come back home for a cosy night in. I've never ever gone out on Christmas Eve as the thought of being hungover for Christmas Day is not appealing and for me it's all about the family time. We open our Christmas Eve presents which is usually a pair of pjs and get all snuggly in them. I think hot chocolates are usually part of the evening too!
8. What tops your tree?
Chris and I sadly don't have anything for the top of the tree! Need to get that sorted, pronto. My parents have a nice, traditional angel.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Like Becky, my brother and I used to have a serious session of going through the Argos catalogue circling one thing from each page that we wanted. So funny that so many people seemed to do this! I don't think I've ever asked for anything crazy but I think every year I had a Mr Frosty on my list and it was never bought for me!
10. What's the best part of Christmas for you?
Without a doubt, the family time. I love all being together and spending time doing lovely festive things. I also really enjoy giving presents now and can never wait for my family to open their gifts from me.