The Christmas Tag

When the lovely Emma at Sophie ella and me nominated me to take part in The Christmas Tag, I was over the moon. Partly because I love Christmas, and any excuse to talk about it, and partly because it gave me a much needed reason to break up the stream of reviews and gift guides that I’ve been sharing throughout December. With my blog in danger of resembling the Argos catalogue, it’s a relief to share something a little bit different and, with just give more sleeps until Christmas, this is sure to get me in the festive spirit!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

I don’t even need to think about this one. It’s Santa Clause The Movie, every time. It may well be my favourite movie ever, let alone Christmas movie, and although I know that it’s not real, I can’t help but think if there was ever a real Santa Clause, David Hubbleston would be it!

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Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Not that I can remember? Looking back it has always been raining!

Where do you usually spend your holidays?

In the past we always went to my parents for dinner but when we moved to a bigger house, and Eva, Megan and Harry came along, we started holding Christmas at ours. I used to hate having to go out visiting on Christmas Eve, leaving behind all of my lovely new toys to see elderly relatives, and I feel the same way now about the children. So my parents and my brother come to us and we do Christmas for nine, which is lovely…..if not a little bit hectic!

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of New York. It’s the only Christmas song that gives me goosebumps when it comes on the radio for the first time each December, and it always gets me feeling super festive.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No! Is this even a thing? Given the choice I probably would, I am so impatient and hate waiting for surprises, but our Christmas Eves are usually spent constructing a 10,000 piece toy and wrapping a zillion presents, so there really is no time for opening any!

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Vixen, and Rudolph…who totally stole the limelight!

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

We have enjoyed so many? We’ve done Elf on the Shelf, trips to see Father Christmas, visited the outdoor markets, gone ice skating, made salt dough ornaments and so many other lovely things in the build up to Christmas. My favourite tradition is always the food!

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Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s fake. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree but my kids create enough mess each day without pine needles adding to it.

What is your favourite holiday treat/sweet/food?

Christmas dinner! I’m all about turkey, beef, pork, gammon, the roast potatoes, mash potato, honey roast vegetables, pigs in blankets, lashings of gravy…..we literally pile our plates high and have the full works!

Be honest, do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

Giving. I can never think of anything that I want, or need, for Christmas (much to the annoyance of my family!) and yet I can always think of gifts that I know others will love. Since having the children that’s what Christmas is all about for me, every time I think of their little faces on Christmas morning I get a lump in my throat!

What is the best Christmas present that you have ever received?

I feel as though I should say something sentimental like my children, or something precious that my husband gave to me, but in all honesty it was probably my talking Cabbage Patch Kid. I loved that doll! She was called Anastacia Octavia and I always swore that I’d name my first daughter after her – lucky for Eva I didn’t! She was probably the eighties equivalent of a Hatchimal with how difficult it was for my parents to track one down for me, and even as far as presents went, she was definitely my favourite!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Lapland! After visiting Lapland UK last month, the only thing that could ever really top that trip would the the “real” Lapland. One day………

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Are you a pro wrapper or do you fail miserably?

If I have the time, I’m definitely more of a pro wrapper, I love to make our gifts look as beautiful as possible. But at 2am on Christmas Eve when I’m still wrapping the children’s presents, that’s a completely different story!

Most memorable Christmas moment?

Oh I have two! Finding out that I was pregnant with Joseph on Christmas Eve 2005, and telling Lewis that I was pregnant with Megan on Christmas Day 2012. We hung her scan photo on the Christmas tree for him to discover and, after his initial disappointment that she wasn’t a boy, he was over the moon!

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I was probably quite late to the party where Santa was concerned, not because I hadn’t realised that he wasn’t real, but more because I didn’t want to believe it! Even now, at thirty six, I still prefer to tell myself that he does exist!

What makes the holidays special for you?

Just spending the time together as a family. We waited for such a long time to have a house filled with love and laughter, and although it’s hard having four children, especially three so close together, on Christmas morning when I look around the demolition site that is my lounge, it really hits home just how lucky we have been. Everyone tells us, “It must be madness in your house on Christmas morning!”, and I can’t deny, it really is. But it’s the most amazing kind of madness, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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I nominate the following bloggers to take part in the Christmas tag, Merry Christmas to you all!

Our seaside baby, The littlest darlings, Mums the nerd, Care Johnson, My family home blog, Mind your mamma, Kirsty Dee, Dear Little Daisy, Run, jump, scrap, Stickymud and belly laughs, Life, love and chaos.

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29 Comments

  1. Sophie
    December 21, 2016 / 8:18 am

    What a lovely idea! I watched Santa Clauae the Movie at the week me and bawled my eyes out when they got stuck in the snowstorm!

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      It’s the best film ever!!! I heard that David Huddleston died this year, I was devastated!!! xx

  2. December 21, 2016 / 8:21 am

    I love reading others thoughts on the Christmas period, it sounds like a really hectic Christmas day but one that moments will be treasured forever x

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Definitely, Christmas is exhausting but totally worth it! Have a wonderful time! xx

  3. December 21, 2016 / 10:03 am

    I’m going to feel guilty going to bed early on Christmas Eve now, whilst you’re busy tackling a mountain of wrapping. Have a fabulous Christmas #MMBC x

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Hahah I might just leave my husband to it!! Have a wonderful Christmas! xxx

  4. December 21, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Ahhhh feeling so festive now after reading this hon – thanks for sharing hon and hope you have a really lovely Christmas (make sure you get a mum’s day off afterwards though ok!!!?) xxx

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      You too, have a wonderful Christmas. Eat, drink and be merry!! xxx

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Haha I have spent far too many years watching Santa Claus The Movie!! xx

  5. December 21, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Santa Clause the movie is THE best movie for Christmas time – reminds me when I was little. x

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Isnt it?! My kids love it too, going to watch it again tomorrow! xx

  6. December 21, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I love reading about everyone’s Christmas and what makes it special for them. This year seems extra exciting.

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Me too, I’m so nosy, I love anything like this! xx

  7. December 22, 2016 / 1:32 am

    What a lovely tag. I am quite impressed that you can name all the reindeer! Also so special to hear about the scans on Xmas eve x

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      When you’ve watched Santa Clause the movie as many times as I have, there’s no chance I wouldn’t know their names! xx

  8. December 22, 2016 / 8:48 am

    What a lovely post. We have a fake tree too. Every year I say we are going to have a real tree but we just don’t have the room. I always thought it snowed when I was a child at Christmas. I think it was just the magic of Christmas made me think this though.

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Haha yes I think we like to remember things very differently sometimes, fingers crossed for a white Christmas this year! xx

  9. December 22, 2016 / 10:35 am

    This is such a lovely post, totally relate to my blog looking like the argos catalogue lately too. We are having dinner at home for the first time this year as we have recently moved house and I can’t wait for a proper dinner x

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      I’m glad it’s not just me! Ahh enjoy your first Christmas in your new home! xxx

  10. December 22, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    A great nomination! I like Fairytale of New York song too and Christmas eve is becoming a big thing for pressies now. Haven’t you heard about those ‘Christmas Eve boxes’ for kids these days? It’s to keep them occupied and stuff before the big day but it totally sounds like you’ve got too much to do that day anyway so maybe don’t tell the kids …. haha

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Haha we already do the Christmas eve boxes! just another thing on my list! xx

  11. December 23, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Your family photo is perfect! It could be in a magazine. You have a very beautiful family and hope you will have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Laura Dove
      December 23, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much. Merry Christmas to you too. xxx

  12. December 23, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I love tag posts, think its a great way to get to know the person behind the blogger

  13. December 24, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Aww I want to go to Lapland too. I saw you went to Lapland uk. Have a fab Xmas x

  14. December 24, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Such a lovely tag. I love things like this. We share the same love of Christmas films and songs! x

  15. December 26, 2016 / 9:05 am

    What a lovely tag to be involved with, Elf is my fave Christmas movie

  16. December 29, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Hi Laura,
    I do hope you and yours are having a fab christmas and holiday season. That you are feeling well and all that surrounds you is joy and healing light. I have tagged you with the Mystery Blogger Award today. You inspire me with your authenticity and candor and you zest for life! mazel tov! xoxo Happy New Year!

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