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!
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!
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………
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.
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.