The Christmas Tag

12/14/2014 08:23:00 pm


It's that time of year again, and by that I mean Christmas! It's my absolute favourite time of the year, and whenever anyone brings up the subject, I literally can not stop talking about. SO, seeing my bloglovin feed filled with Christmas themed posts I can not contain my excitement. And after seeing Lucy's post (xolucy), which was the Christmas Tag, I just knew I had to involve this on my blog. And what better time to share my favourite things about Christmas then when its less than 3 weeks till the big day!

 
So, here goes!
 
When do you start getting excited about Christmas?

I don't think there is ever a time when I'm not excited about Christmas, in all honesty. I start listening to Christmas songs in September and start watching Christmas movies around then too. Once the summer holidays are over, I am instantly in Christmas mood. But I start to feel very very festive in November when the shops start to put up their Christmas displays and I can start listening to Christmas music without feeling too judged.
 
Do you still have an advent Calendar? 

Yes, and I don't think it would feel like December if I didn't!
 
What are your favourite Christmas films? 
 
I love ALL of them! The Santa Clause 1,2 and 3 will always be at the top of the list, as will Christmas with the Kranks- Tim Allen just makes Christmas for me. The Nativity is also a favourite in my house- the kids are just TOO cute. Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, The Grinch... I think I've seen every christmas film and I love them all.
 
Favourite festive food? 
 
Oh everything! The Christmas dinner is of course my favourite part, and I can not get enough of the pigs in blanket. I just love all the crisps, chocolate and unhealthy food consumed over Christmas. We literally buy up the confectionary isle, and it just love it.
 
Talk us through your typical Christmas Day? 

Alarms go off at 6.30, although me and my sisters are usually up by this point too excited to sleep. We are ready to walk in to the living room at 7 on the dot to see what Santa has brought. We open all our presents before we have breakfast, then we give each other the family gifts. We then have a play around and get ready for church at 10.30, which is one of my favourite services ever. Afterwards we have family over and begin the Christmas dinner at 2. This lasts for a good few hours, and we take breaks between each course to play games like hum that tune or headbands. A game of pictionary follows the meal and we all sit and talk and eat more food in the living room until 12, when Christmas Day is over and we go to bed.

What do you eat for Christmas dinner? 

It's a real feast! We start with my mum's homemade chicken broth soup and bread rolls for the first course. Second course we have turkey and ham, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts cooked in cream with bacon through it, LOTS of pigs in blankets, carrots, cranberry sauce, so many different types of stuffing and gravy all over it all. It's delicious. For pudding we have my sister's homemade sticky toffee puddings which are so yummy, but we're usually so full it's a real test to be able to eat it all.
 
Do you have any Christmas traditions? 

Every Christmas Eve, it's tradition for me and my sisters to paint our nails all sparkly for the big day while we watch a Christmas movie, along with a little drink to get us in the spirit. Before bed time, we take down the stockings and get a photo holding them up- this has happened every single year since my brother was born. And it's become a new tradition for Holly, Eleanor and I to share Holly's bed so that we can all wake up at the same time. We also have the tradition of making Boxing Day a pajamma day so that we sit around eating chocolate and playing with all our gifts.
 
What are your favourite Christmas songs? 
 
Again, I love all Christmas songs! I love all the classic old songs like Slade, Shakin Stevens and Wizzard, but my favourites have got to be off of the Phil Spectors Christmas Gift To You album, and in particular "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" by Darlene Love. I also have really gotten into Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters, which is just great. Of course, Michael Buble's album is a favourite, as is Leona Lewis'... Basically if it's Christmas related- I WILL love it! 

What is the best Christmas present you ever received? 
 
I honestly could not choose... Everything I get I always love- from the barbies and dolls I got as a kid, to the cameras, or the archaeology books (lame I know!) or whatever it is… Everything is always so thoughtful, and I love it all. 

Real or fake Christmas Tree? 
 
I do love real Christmas trees and their smell, but we've always had fake ones because my brother and mum have asthma and couldn't deal with the pine needles. But I love our fake tree because it's 7 and a half foot high and so bushy, and we put it up the first week/weekend of December and can keep it right up until the 6th of January. 
 
Have a go of the tag yourselves! What's your favourite part of Christmas?
 
Lots of love,
Emily
xxx

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