I first saw this tag on Jenny's blog and have had it saved for a while. What a better time to post a Christmas Tag than Boxing Day?! (in all honesty I meant to post this on Christmas eve but I completely forgot! -oops!)
He's a bit of an insight into what Christmas is like at my place....
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
Muppets Christmas carol has been my favourite for years. I can't help but smile when it's on -apart from the tiny Tim bit, I'm not an animal! That's closely followed by home alone 2, I think that film alone is why most people from my generation want to visit New York! Look who's talking now is another great one.
2. Do you open your Christmas Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Day! Christmas Eve Sam goes out and I stay in and wrap presets and get everything sorted for the morning. I love opening presents as a family. Although it's a lot more about Mason this year I make sure Sam and I still don't lose that Christmas feeling so we've got a lot of presents to open along with Mason. That way I can try and get Mason excited about giving presents to family as well as receiving them himself.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
A few years back I spent all of Christmas Day going between different members of my then-boyfriends family. It was my first proper time away from my family for Christmas. The last stop of the day was back to my Mums at about 9pm for drinks. My brothers and I all have stockings of presents from our parents which we always open together and my bothers had waited for me to get there before they opened theirs. It was really lovely and completely unexpected that they'd waited for us all to do it together.
4. What is your favourite festive food?
It's all about the Christmas dinner. I'm a big fan of veg and proper home cooked food. My Mum does a roast almost every weekend that isn't far off what she does at Christmas and it's amazing. We always have such a laugh sat around the table together too.
5. What tops your tree?
6. As a kid, what was the one crazy, wild, extravagant gift you asked for but never received?
I was very lucky and always got what I asked for. I think that's because I kept it realistic. I never wanted ponies or unicorns or anything.
7. Do you prefer a real tree or synthetic?
Synthetic as I can move the branches to where I want them.
8. What's your favourite scheme for decorating a tree?
There's no scheme. Every year we buy a new decoration that means something and it gets added. There's all sorts on there. Disney ones, Muppets, little wooden puppets, a cat, personalised picture ones...
There's a stocking with lovely things about me that we all wrote for each other at my last job. I love reading them each time I get the decorations out. It's really nice going over old memories. I like that when one day Mason makes us a decoration at school it can be added without spoiling any scheme and we can look back at our decorations when we get them out.
*soppy answer alert*
Giving means a lot more to me. I put a lot of thought into what I get people and I love seeing their faces when they open my presents. I don't like to get things that people are expecting or are off a list. I really like the satisfaction of getting a gift right and really making the person happy.
10. Christmas Day fashion?
I like to dress up. We all do, the boys are in shirts... sometimes suits/tuxes/bow ties. Everyone has always made an effort on Christmas day.
11. What's your favourite Christmas song?
'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin Stevens. My mum is a huge Shaky fan so I've grown up listening to him. I love Whams 'Last Christmas' too and Micheal Bubles version of 'All I want for Christmas is you brings a tear to my eye, it's so lovely.
12. Christmas cards or texts?
Cards! I'm really into cards, I make a lot of my own and I always like to put proper messages in them too. I hate 'To Jenn, Love... Norman' cards it's like there's no thought gone into that at all. The same can be said for texts, it's very obvious when you've bee sent the same 'Merry Christmas, thanks for the present' text as 30 other people. I know we're all busy on Christmas day so even if it ends up being late in the evening I make sure any texts I send are personal.
I tag anyone who wants to do this!
Merry Christmas Everyone!