This time of year is definitely my favourite, everyone is looking forward to the Christmas festivities, the big winter coats are making an appearance for the first time since the start of year and the shops start playing their Christmas music. I am definitely someone who gets carried away and way too excited for Christmas, not going to lie, me and my boyfriend were playing Christmas music in the car on our journey back to uni back in September (not even ashamed to admit it). I thought I’d do the ‘Christmas Tag’ that has circulated YouTube and Instagram for a few years now and I’d encourage any who reads this who also has a blog to do it also.
1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
My favourite Christmas film is definitely Love Actually, which I think is a lot of others people’s favourites as well, it makes me feel all the feels. I’m also a big fan of Elf (it’s the only film with Will Ferrell that I like) and The Holiday.
2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I’m not sure, not that I remember. I asked my mum and she said once maybe when I was young. It’s snowed a few days after Christmas a couple of times, but I’m not sure that counts.
3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
My family takes it in turns to host Christmas, it alternates every year between my house and my Auntie’s house. I’ve never not spent Christmas in Wales but I’d love to spend Christmas in New York as long as my family were there.
4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
My favourite Christmas song is Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie. It’s such an old classic but I love it, although I do squeal with excitement when All I Want For Christmas Is You and Fairy Tale of New York comes on.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No I don’t. I don’t really understand why people do that, I know people who get new pyjamas on Christmas Eve which I think is a nice thought.
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Rudolph? I’m not sure, if that’s all of them but there’s probably a few missing. I gave it a go though.
7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
I don’t really have any holiday ‘traditions’. Every year without fail my parents ring my Nan in the morning before she comes over for Christmas dinner to warn her not to eat anything before the big Christmas feast (but I secretly think she still does). Since having my dog Milo, who will be celebrating his second Christmas this year, we take him on a long walk on Boxing Day, it’s a great way to spend time together and to walk off the giant food babies. My mum always makes a sack with little gifts in for me and my brother, she has done ever since we were small and since I’m normally awake before everyone, I sit on my bed by myself, open them quietly and then text my friends and wish them all a Merry Christmas.
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s fake. I don’t think my OCD mother could deal with all pine needles falling off constantly.
9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/ sweat treat?
I’m a sucker for those Lindt Chocolate Truffles.
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I’m not just saying this to sound like a nice person, but I genuinely do enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them. If you know me personally you’ll know I HATE opening presents in front of people, I’m so scared that my expression won’t be what they were expecting or that I’ll appear to look disappointed. I could happily do Christmas without the gifts, it’s all about spending time with my family, winding down and enjoying the little things.
11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
The best Christmas present I’ve ever received was definitely my little bunny rabbit Flopsy years and years ago. I came down on Christmas morning to find him by my front door (inside don’t worry), I opened the lid and a little fluffy bunny popped his head and paws over the side over the box. He sat with us while we all opened presents downstairs and he was so curious, I was so sad at the end of the day when we had to put him in his hutch outside in the greenhouse with our guinea pig. Sadly Flopsy isn’t with us any more but I still think of him every Christmas and hope he’s eating all of the carrots in bunny heaven.
12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Like I said earlier, New York. I’d also like to visit Chicago and Boston during the Winter as well.
13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I’m not too bad, definitely not my mum’s standard. I like to use pretty wrapping paper and then put bows, ribbons and tags on so I’d give myself a 6/10.
14. Most memorable holiday moment?
My most memorable one that I can think of right now, was going to visit my Nanna when she was in a nursing home on Christmas morning. It’s not really a happy memory as she was really ill and we couldn’t spend our whole Christmas Day with her, I think we all knew at the time it would be our last Christmas with her so we really had to appreciate that time that we had with her.
15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I’m not sure, I think I had my suspicions as I was gradually getting older and then I found some Christmas presents in our spare bedroom, I probably confronted my mum then. I think it’s so special to keep the belief in Santa for children, they get so excited over the thought of a man coming down their chimney and leaving milk and mince pies for him.
16. Do you make new years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes and no. I think like 80% of people we all say to ourself before the New Year begins, ‘This is the year I’m going to join the gym and eat healthy’, you get to mid January and you’ve probably done the complete opposite. I’ve learnt not to make unrealistic resolutions, I just make a mental note of myself to keep improving who I am, don’t repeat the same mistakes and to not take myself too seriously.
17. What makes the holidays so special for you?
Being at university, I really miss the simplicities of being at home, like walking my dog every day and always having nice food in the fridge. My dad lives away during the week, so it’s always nice to spend quality time with him over the Christmas period as well. Seeing my friends who come home from university is also special for me as well, I probably only get to see some of them once every three months so having nearly a whole month to spend catching up with them is brilliant.