The Christmas Tag

A friend of mine mentioned that some bloggers had been partaking in a fun survey all about Christmas, so I decided to get ‘unofficially’ involved! Here are my answers:

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
The Nightmare Before Christmas! I love the stop motion style, and it’s a great story both that we can enjoy as a family (adults and kids alike!). There are other animated films that I love to watch at Christmas, including The Snowman, and whatever Wallace and Gromit films happen to be on! The Wrong Trousers is my kids favourite.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! I think the last time in Cambridgeshire was four or five years ago, and it was lovely. Visiting my grandparents in Korea it snows every time, which the kids obviously love!

Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Tucked up at home, or on the other side of the world in Korea!

What is your favourite Christmas song?
Last Christmas by Wham! I think I’ll leave it at that!

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, all present opening happens on Christmas morning. We tried rationing them out throughtout the day, but it doesn’t work with kids, at least not in our household.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Not without googling them!

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Putting up the tree (already done!).

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Real! We always get a real tree, it’s one of the things that makes Christmas really feel like Christmas – the smell, the colour, even the dropping needles. A fake tree can’t replicate that, and while sometimes I might wish a real tree was a bit easier to deal with, we’d never trade it for a plastic one.

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
Yule log. Chocolate, creme, ganache, raspberries, cranberries… yum!

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Honestly, giving! But I also always buy a present for myself!

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
It would be very hard indeed to pick a favourite. The one that I best remember from my childhood was a brand new Raleigh bike, so I’ll have to choose that.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I probably won’t win any prizes for originality by answering Lapland! But it would be so lovely to visit Lapland at Christmas with the children. I know of one family that did this a few years back and it sounded absolutely magical.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’ve got pretty good over the years! I try to do all the presents I’m giving in one go, but that never really works unless I leave it to Christmas Eve, which you can’t do if you’ve got kids! Wrapping is only half of the challenge – then there’s applying ribbon and bows, shiny things, and of course writing a message on each one!

Most memorable Christmas moment?
Not the most pleasant memory, but my brother broke his foot after slipping on ice in 2010 on Christmas Eve, meaning we spent a good few hours sitting in A&E after driving him there! That memory definitely stands out the most! Luckily we were back in time for Christmas!

What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I think it was around my seventh birthday, when my demands for presents got more outrageous and my parents could no longer pretend that Father Christmas’ elves created everything!

What makes the holidays special for you?
Time with the family. Time with the kids. Snow. Food. The tree. The break from the regular routine.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone!

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