Merry Christmas Eve ya filthy animal! [And if you didn't get that reference you've obviously not been watching enough television in the last two weeks].
I saw this question and answer session on Ella Masters blog [one of my favourites - worth a visit for the pictures alone] and thought it was a lovely idea and a great way to ease myself into posting more in the next few months! Feel free to copy + paste + play along on your blog or in the comments.
001. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone although it's not strictly a Christmas movie, I usually watch it around Christmas and grew up wanting to find a Weasley jumper under the tree ever year (and still do). Also, does a Christmasesque Youtube video count? This one makes me cackle.
002. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Traditionally it has always been Christmas morning for us. I did know a lovely family whose children weren't allowed to open their presents until the evening on Christmas day, which when I was little I remember thinking was the worst. They probably have amazing self control now.
003. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I feel enormously lucky to be able to say that there have been way too many to pick a favourite.
004. Favourite festive food?
PIB [pigs in blankets], followed closely in second by cranberry sauce smoothered on everything.
Nb. Crispy roast potatoes eaten with a dollop of English mustard and a layer of cranberry sauce may sound like pregnant lady food but is actually PERFECTION.
005. Favourite Christmas Gift?
My birthday and Christmas are only eight days apart, so I receive all my presents for the year in a two week period and feel very spoiled.
I've been given some really thoughtful, lovely things over the years but my Larson and Jennings watch and burgundy chelsea boots from Office particularly spring to mind. The former because I wear it every day and I swear it has improved my time keeping tenfold! The latter because I fell in love with them and searched every store in London for them last November with no joy; only for a pair to be under the tree for me on Christmas morning! The surprise was almost as good as the shoes and I was touched that my family had been paying so much attention.
006. Favourite Christmas Scents?
Christmas Trees and Christmas Dinner.
007. Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Every year I buy a new 'special' bauble for the tree, I think this is quite a common tradition (mainly for children, oops) and picked it up from a friend's family about five years ago.
My boyfriend's family go for a Christmas day picnic in the countryside or at the beach if it's not snowing, which I think is a lovely tradition.
008. As a kid what was the one (crazily, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I'm horrified that I immediately had an answer to this question - talk about lingering resentment!
I desperately wanted a Barbie Dreamhouse with a working elevator but even aged six I remember being awed at how expensive it was. I entirely agree now with the decision not to get this as I already had a Barbie house, admittedly far less grand than the Dreamhouse, but also because I would never have agreed to do anything else ever again. In an alternative universe I might still be out there, unwashed and entirely desocialised, still playing with that working elevator.
In other news, after a quick search I've found that this is still available to buy! The dream lives on, friends.
Carols. Christmas Trees. Roast Potatoes. Advent Calenders. Shop Windows. Boardgames. Sofa days. Movies. Christmas specials. Blankets. Vicar of Dibley repeats. Fairy lights. Friends. Family. Everything.