My lovely new blogging friend Elaine from Your Money Sorted tagged me in post a week or so ago about what she loves most about Christmas, and encouraged me to share my own thoughts in this fun Christmas tag. Now I am finally organised for Christmas and have some time spare today, here goes…..
What’s your favourite christmas movie?
It’s a tie between “Love Actually” and “The Holiday”. I don’t watch that much TV, but I know these two films so well that they are great to have on in the background when I’m wrapping presents or writing cards. Christmas isn’t Christmas without dear Hugh Grant shimmying through Number 10!
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I’ve had a “slight-dusting-of-snow-or-is-it-just-frost?” kind of Christmas, but I’m still waiting for a proper white Christmas. This is our first Christmas since moving home from 12 years in Dubai, so some snow would make it perfect.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
My husband and I take turns as to whose family we spend Christmas with. Very organised! We’ve been doing this for 20 years now, and it works for us. Although one year I would love for both our families to pile into our house and we all spend it together! This year it is his family’s turn, so we are staying at home in Dumfriesshire and my in-laws will be coming to stay. When we lived in Dubai, sometimes we stayed at home, and some years we travelled home to the UK for Christmas, which was very exciting.
What Is your favourite Christmas song?
I love all the singing at Christmas, so this is a difficult one! Christmas starts for me when I first hear “Fairytale of New York” on the radio, but as a huge fan of U2 I also love their cover of “Baby Please Come Home”. It’s too hard to pick my favourite Christmas carol – I just love the comfort and familiarity of them all.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Rudolph. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet… So no, even though we read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as our bedtime story last night. Did you know that this is the poem where the eight reindeer were originally named? With no Rudolph, who came into tradition later.
What Christmas traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Now that we are home in Scotland we are excited about making new festive traditions, including searching in the local forest for our Christmas tree. Christmas cooking is another big one for me – I like to cook Christmas dinner and I secretly adore planning it all out! I always make my great grandmother’s Christmas pudding, which I am told is a recipe passed down through the generations. And we always have a pork pie for breakfast on Christmas Day morning, just like she did. With HP brown sauce which always reminds me of my dear Grandad.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
It’s hard to pick one gift. I am extremely lucky to have been blessed with good health, a loving family and lots of opportunities in my life, gifts for which I am always grateful. But I do remember Christmas four years ago, when we travelled home to the UK from Dubai and met my new niece for the first time. That first Christmas with her, our little boy and our family all together was magical. And this year we’ll be sharing Boxing Day with another little niece, who was tiny and poorly last year, so this will be her first “real” Christmas – a little miracle.
Most memorable Christmas memory?
All of the Christmastimes with my grandparents who are sadly no longer with us. Those family days with my whole family are precious memories that will never fade – cousins, auntie, the family dog… and Grandma calling out everyone else’s answers to Trivial Pursuit but getting her own questions wrong. Priceless.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
The spirit of Santa is alive within all of us! Listening, giving, spending time with each other – that’s what Christmas is all about.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Family, friends, tradition and food. And the opportunity to reflect back on the past year and set new goals for the next 12 months. I love this time of year!
What don’t you like about Christmas?
I don’t like the pressure, the stress, and all the commerciality that seems to get worse every year. Last year I wrote A Simple Christmas with some tips to stress less and enjoy more this festive season.
What about you? I’d love to hear some of your answers in the comments! Answer as many as you would like – it would be lovely to hear about your Christmas!
Merry Christmas and thank you for your support of More Organised this year!