8 December 2013

Lifestyle | Christmas Tag

I absolutely adore Christmas, only this week my colleagues commented it was like sharing an office with Buddy the Elf, and despite not feeling particularly festive for the past few years I am fully embracing the Christmas spirit this year and what better way to share it than with this tag that I saw on the lovely Sian's blog. I fully recommend checking hers out, the answers and pictures she picked are gorgeous!

1. What's your favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone would definitely be up there for me, I watch it every year without fail and I just love it. I love Elf and Love Actually too (my favourite Hugh Grant film) and I also find that the Christmas 24 channel have some lovely Christmas movies - they really know how to make a Christmas film in the US.

2. Do you stay in your PJs or get dressed on Christmas Day?
I stay in my PJs until around midday and then get changed, even at 23 we still do the "new clothes on Christmas day" tradition so I change into something new and festive for the rest of the day and then put new PJs on in the evening after dinner.

3. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
When I was little I used to be allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve but now everything is on Christmas Day. The older I get the later I'm starting to wake up so there's no mad rush in the morning any more but everything gets opened on Christmas Day unless it's a box of chocolates from our neighbour which I always demolish on Christmas Eve.

4. Favourite Christmas smell?
For me it's probably Christmas dinner or mulled wine which also happen to be two of my favourite Christmas things! I also love the smell of roasting chestnuts, particularly on a really cold night.

5. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Like Sian, mine is Fairytale of New York - it's guaranteed to get everyone singing along and I actually really love the words. Other than that you can't beat classics from the likes of Bing Crosby, they're Christmas perfection.

6. What's your favourite Christmas drink?
I like a good old fashioned mulled wine at a Christmas market or light switch on (I LOVE a light switch on!). When I was younger it used to be all about a Snowball and they always remind me of Christmas but nowadays I opt for a glass of white wine or a Bailey's hot chocolate. 

7. Favourite Christmas meal?
I love Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings more than anything but the dinner we have on Boxing Day is hands down my favourite dinner of the entire year. We've always have boiled bacon (a tradition of my great-great-granny Murphy's!) and other meat with potatoes (mashed and new) and salads and it honestly is the best meal I eat all year - there's no day or meal I look forward to more all year!

8. Wrapping presents - love or loathe?
Loathe. There are few things I hate more than wrapping presents! For someone who loves all things creative I am completely incapable of turning out a nicely wrapped present. I always get the tape stuck to my fingers or the wrong part of the paper which then rips or I can't cut the right amount of paper so the present is either drowning in wrapping or barely concealed and do not even get me started on ribbon or bows! I resolve to buy boxes for everything one year and make a real effort to make everything look like it belongs in a Christmas film without uttering various words and phrases that are far from festive.

9. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
The coming together of people whether they're family, friends, colleagues or the wider community. There's something about Christmas that really brings people together and it's such a blessing to be able to spend that time with people you truly care for as well as meeting new people. I love the family side of it, we're a close family and spend a lot of time together anyway but it always feels more precious at Christmas; I love socialising more with my friends and colleagues and also attending community events.

10. Christmas tree - real or fake?
We've always had a fake tree because of the dog as the needles drop and we would't want them to get stuck in his paws. We have a real tree at work though and it is my first experience of a real tree, I find a fake tree is a lot easier to maintain (it doesn't need watering for a start!) and seems more environmentally friendly.

11. Homemade cards or shop bought ones?
I would love to say homemade but I don't feel like I have the time these days so shop bought but I would love to send handmade cards.

12. What do you do on Christmas Eve?
For the last few years I've spent Christmas Eve wrapping my presents as I simply don't have the patience to do them before as they drive me insane as you'll already know!

13. Favourite Christmas memory?
I am fortunate enough to only have wonderful Christmas memories, particularly from when I was a child so it would be impossible to pick just one. Christmas as a child was just the best fun ever, I think my favourite ever present was my dolls house. It's still in our loft and I can't bring myself to get rid of it as it has so many wonderful memories attached.

14. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I honestly don't remember the answer to this one so it can't have had much of an impact on me. I can still remember trying to listen out for the reindeer and sleigh bells when I was little so I must have believer at some point! I went to see Santa every Christmas which was always one of my favourite memories; I even bumped in to the old boy earlier this week and had a sit on his knee - I asked for Ryan Gosling and a puppy as I've been good ALL year.

15. Snow - love it or hate it?
I don't think I've ever known a white Christmas so I would love snow on Christmas Day! I love snow if I can just sit and watch it and don't have to go out in it but I hate it when it becomes all mushy and grey and then icy and bloody lethal, not to mention the fact it takes me nearly twice as long to get to work (if I'm lucky) and I have to take my life in my hands to do so because I live on a hill!

I'd love to know your answers to the above so leave me a link below if you do this tag so I can check it out! 

Vicky x



  1. Aw i love this! going to do it too! x

  2. Fairytale of New York is a Christmas anthem haha! My favourite one too :)
    I'm defo gonna do this tag - I shall let you know when I have. xx


    1. It's a classic! Look forward to reading yours xx

  3. Reading this last night really got me in the Christmas spirit. I do feel a bit silly that I've never seen Elf or Home Alone though!

    Here's mine: http://lucy--loves.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/tag-christmas.html

    Have a lovely Christmas :) xx

    1. Oh hun you must see Elf and Home Alone next year! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! xx

  4. I've been reading your blog for a while now and it really inspired me to make my own. Here are my answers. http://fayeyasmin.blogspot.com/2013/12/christmas-tag.html


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