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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

It's the eve of Christmas eve and I've been tagged by the lovely Grace from Glitter and Carousels to do this Christmas post, which has made me even more excited for the big day!

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
I have a couple, Love actually is my grown up choice, I remember leaving the cinema (having been very proud of myself for getting in in the first place as the certificate was 15 and I was a year younger) feeling so aglow with romance and Christmas cheer my belly almost had a Ready-Brek style light beaming from it. I'm an absolute sucker for an airport chase, Liam Neeson, and London at Christmas and this combines all three! The second is The Greatest Store In The World, which is a relatively obscure late nineties made for TV movie that me and my little sister Ciara taped (oh god, my age) off of the TV and watched so often my mum had to hide it from us. It's about two sisters who live in a department store over Christmas with their travel loving mum and get up to all sorts of fun, including meeting S Club 7, which back in 1999 was a major ambition of mine. 

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
We've always opened them on Christmas morning. I admire people who wait until the afternoon, because even at the age of 25, that kind of self restraint is beyond me, and the living room is littered in shredded wrapping paper by 9am as standard.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have so many, it's hard to choose. When I was very young, getting my slide and swing set was pretty exciting, as it must have taken my dad hours to put together and hide from an inquisitive four-year-old! And there's lot's of photos of me wrapped up in my woolies playing on it in the snow. Growing up me and my sister always used to be giddy with excitement for our older cousin to arrive, who'd be laden down with all manner of 'grown up' presents like hair crimpers and false nail kits that would make us feel oh so cool. My first Christmas with Dan is a nice memory too, as I got him an iPod nano and he was really happy and surprised.

4. Favourite Christmas food?
Pigs in blankets, absolutely hands down. I can't understand why we don't eat them more often, they're literally the best food ever.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Growing up it was my first pair of GHD's, as these improved my life beyond all expectation and saw an end to school mornings spent crying with despair at my frizz ball ginger curls! As an adult it has to be my lovely Tiffany ring, that Dan bought me a couple of years ago.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
This will sound odd, but probably the plasticy smell of fake Christmas tree's and tinsel, as it reminds me of my dad going up to the loft and getting all the decorations out. I also love the Yankee christmas treats scent, which I featured in my Christmas homeware haul.

7. Do you have any Christmas eve traditions?
Yes, we always have a little party at my mums house and my cousins and aunties come down. My dad does an amazing buffet and we usually watch TV, have some drinks (which I will be abstaining from this year, for obvious reasons!) And are generally very loud and merry until the late evening!

8. What tops your tree?
Currently it's a cute red star, that can be seen in my Christmas homeware haul. I'd imagine as soon as our little lady arrives and is old enough to put paint dipped finger to paper, it'll be something she has made at nursery that will make me swell with pride!

9. As a child, what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
It's none of the adjectives described, but one year I asked for something called a Get-Set Egyptian Adventure, it seemed of dreadful importance then, but now I can't even remember what it actually did. Some sort of make and do, semi educational box of tricks that would no doubt be hours of fun for me, and hours of mess for my parents. Anyway, I awoke that Christmas morning to my mum explaining with some trepidation that Santa hadn't been able to find one for me. As children do, I forgot this disappointment almost instantaneously and Christmas went on as normal. However it's become a bit of a running joke in our family, as it seems my parents starred in their own version of Jingle All The Way that Christmas, visiting every Argos, Toys-R-Us and other toy retailer within a 30 mile radius to make my wish come true, but it was nineties gold dust, and I never got to embark on my Egyptian adventure.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I absolutely love being with my family, that is definitely the best part. And the food, from the lovely smoked salmon breakfast my dad always cooks, right through to the Boxing Day leftovers, food plays a big part in it for me! And the Eastenders Christmas special, that's a bit of a tradition in our family!

Merry Christmas everyone.

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