Thanks, Vixie, for the Christmassy inspiration!
1. Hot Chocolate or Egg Nog?
Bwahahaha, like that’s even a contest? Hot Chocolate, all the way. I love Starbucks Peppermint hot chocolate, and tend to make a lot of homemade hot chocolates to enjoy during wintry evenings. This year I have even got special mugs for this purpose (Santa shaped for me, a friendly snowman for Matthew).
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa loves to wrap. Both stocking presents and those under the tree.
3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white?
Coloured lights can be fun….but I’m a classic white lights kind of girl.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope. That’s always felt like quite an awkward Christmas tradition to me, so I tend not to do it
in my own home.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually November 25th…it was a little earlier this year because of our quick trip up to Scotland a few weeks back!
6. What is your favourite holiday dish?
A cold turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich. Delicious!
7. Favourite Holiday memory as a child?
The excited rush of whoever was up first waking the other two kids up and then tippytoeing into the front room to see what was in store. Oh, and wearing pyjamas for the whole day most years (I’d always get a new pair and would want to wear them straight away!).
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
That he’s probably Finnish? I’m not sure, actually – probably a few years ago.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Dave the tree is decked white lights, tinsel, and dozens of ornaments picked up from our travels, received as gifts etc.. I love how so many things on our tree remind me of a particular person, place, or time.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
I love it, mainly because we rarely see much of it here in London. It makes everything so quiet and still. I also love the smell of snow, when you know it is on its way!
12. Can you ice skate?
Nope. I can just about stand up on ice skates, but then…I’m out!
13. Do you remember your favourite gift?
It’s hard to pin down just one. Probably the Raleigh Bluebird bike that my parents bought me one year. I had wanted it for sooooooo long!
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
What it marks – the gift of God’s son. For us. It’s just mind-blowing, and a gift I am truly thankful for, every day. I also love that it’s a season of togetherness, love, peace and reflection. And candy.
15. What is your favourite Holiday Dessert?
16. What is your favourite holiday tradition?
At home it was always Christmas morning with my siblings, creeping downstairs to open our stockings! Now it’s the quiet cosiness of Christmas Eve with Matthew (candles, champagne and snuggles for the win!), and also to chance to give gifts and give back. Such a blessing!
17. What tops your tree?
A single gold star.
18. Which do you prefer – giving or receiving?
Giving, absolutely. I’m blessed to have friends and family who give me beautiful gifts for which I am so grateful (I get far too spoiled!), but so help me I love to buy, wrap, and give presents! I save all year to splash out.
19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?
Yum, but I like the look of them more than the taste!
20. Favourite Christmas show?
I love Christmas episodes of anything, pretty much. And the Strictly final is fast becoming a fixture in my Christmas build up, haha!
21. Saddest Christmas Song?
‘Hard Candy Christmas’ by Dolly Parton. So help me, when she gets wistful I become a puddle of sad.
22. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Three way tie: ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses, ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, and ‘O Holy Night’, ideally the Nat ‘King’ Cole version. Delish!
Right – I’m off to do some more elfing! Merry-nearly-Christmas, all!