Hi everyone! The reviews will be back on Thursday but I thought today I would do a tag to get into the Christmassy mood. It’s hard to believe it’s 16 days until the big day. And I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping yet. Whoops. So without further ado, let’s get into the questions:
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
I have two: Home Alone and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Home Alone I’ve watched countless times; probably every single year since that film was released. And every time I forget about the big ass spider until I catch a glimpse of it. But nonetheless, putting my arachnophobia aside, Home Alone never fails to get me into the holiday mood, plus I’m reminded of all the times I’ve spent with my family watching it. I don’t know if Bridget Jones’s Diary technically counts as a Christmas movie – it begins and ends at Christmas if that helps. But it never fails to cheer me up, and it’s a movie my mum and I love so again it reminds me of family. I might do a blog post with my favourite Christmas movies, as the more I think about this question, the more movies that spring to mind.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Oh God, yes. I remember in 2009 we had ridiculously heavy snow; it got to the point that schools shut early (which we loved) and you could no longer see the pavement from the road. It was so heavy that our car was basically stuck in our drive, so we would have to trek out on foot to get shopping. Thankfully, other Christmasses haven’t been as severe, and it’s always nice to go out when snow has just fallen. I love the crisp sound boots make in snow.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I spend every year with my family. My gran also comes to visit us on the day as well, so it’s nice to see her too.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Again, I have two – I’m not good with picking favourites. If we’re including hymns then I adore Silent Night. I find it such a beautiful, haunting song and it always makes me think of Christmas. If we’re talking more pop songs then Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry, which admittedly isn’t the most festive song given the content. But I still love it nonetheless. John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over) is also a close contender.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I feel like my mum would murder me if I did that. We open them together on Christmas morning.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I wouldn’t say we have any traditions per say. I do look forward to the quizzes/games/charades that gets played after Christmas dinner, just because it inevitably dissolves into madness and it makes me laugh.
What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?
All of it. I really like cooking and food in general so it’s hard to pick one food. There’s obviously the mountain of chocolates or the cheese board with red wine. I also really like stuffing and pigs in blankets and all the side dishes that go alongside the turkey. I even like brussel sprouts. So…yeah. All the food!
Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
Both. I like getting presents and I also like the challenge of gifting presents; I try to get people something they would really like but is not entirely obvious.
What’s your dream place to visit during the holiday season?
I would love to visit the Christmas markets in Berlin. I adore Berlin anyway; I went in October a couple of years ago and loved it. But I would love to see the famous markets, they always look so picturesque and I get envious when my friends post about them on social media.
What makes the holidays special for you?
I think getting to spend time with my family. Plus in general, Christmas always has this feeling of joy, of happiness and love. To be able to celebrate these things, even just for a day, makes it one of my favourite seasons.
And that’s it! Feel free to answer these questions if you fancy it. I should point out that I couldn’t find the original creator of this tag; if anyone knows who it is then please let me know so I can credit them. See you on Thursday for some more book reviews!