Good morning and welcome back to my new festive series ‘So This Is Christmas…’ where I’ll be talking to fifteen of your best-loved bloggers all about their Christmas traditions, favourites and plans for this year.
Posts are ready to go live every Monday and Friday at 9.00am until 23rd December inclusively with a special feature on 24th to finish the series with my own personal answers to these cheery Christmas questions!
If you missed Friday’s post you can catch up with Laura’s answers and today I’m talking to the very inspirational Katie from Living Life Our Way about Love Actually (one of my favourite films ever!), her love of Baileys and rum (not together I might add) and precious family memories at her grandparent’s house in the second instalment of our series.
— The Twelve Questions of Christmas —
(1) How will you be spending Christmas this year?
We will be having a quiet one at home, I am hoping it will be as relaxed as possible!
(2) What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody.
(3) What’s your earliest Christmas memory?
Oh, good question! I remember going to my nan and grandad’s house on Christmas afternoons every year right up until my teens but not sure how far back I remember! We listened to songs, played games, opened presents, and I remember acting out the nativity with my cousins too! I remember my cousin having Last Christmas by Wham to listen to when it was ‘new out’ and I think I was about 7 then. Some things I remember were probably earlier years though!
(4) What would you like to receive for Christmas this year?
Erm, a new sofa? Laptop? Camera? Think I might be aiming way too high though lol!
(5) What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
(6) Do you have any special Christmas traditions?
Not really. We always make a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve, so there is that. And we love going round the garden centres etc… when they are all festive too!
We used to have more when I was growing up, like I remember always playing the same memory game at my nan and grandads, and sitting round in a big circle to give out the presents. Oh and one of our relatives would always insist on dressing up as Father Christmas each time, even once we were all too old!
(7) When do you usually put your Christmas tree and decorations up?
Very early, end of November! My daughter likes to have the tree up for advent so the house is ready for Christmas as she says!
(8) What’s your favourite Christmas tipple?
It used to be Baileys, but in recent years it is dark rum and coke. I must try the new almond Baileys though, as it could be my tipple again in future if it’s nice!
(9) Have you picked an outfit to wear on Christmas day yet (or will you stay all cosy in your PJs?)
Not yet. We used to have a special Christmas outfit when I was a kid, now it’s often a pyjama day!
(10) When do you start your Christmas shopping?
(11) Whose face are you most excited to see when they open their present from you this year?
Definitely my daughter.
(12) What’s your favourite Christmas TV special?
I don’t really have one, depends on which ones are on this year!
— This or That —
CHRISTMAS CAKE or CHRISTMAS PUDDING?
Neither (cake if you force me to choose!)
REAL TREE or ARTIFICIAL TREE?
Artificial (and tacky as possible haha!)
DINNER AT HOME or DINNER AT THE PUB?
At home but we just have a light regular dinner because Christmas snacks are so yum!
CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR or NOVELTY ADVENT CALENDAR?
We have one of those that you can fill yourself so we put a mix in.
CHRISTMAS CARDS or CHARITY GIVING?
Cards from my daughter to her friends, charity for rest.
STICK TO A BUDGET or BIG CHRISTMAS BLOW OUT?
I try to stick to budget but never do! I don’t think we spend much though compared to a lot of people to be honest!
TRADITIONAL TURKEY or SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
Regular dinner. Something light, quick and easy!
— Tell Me… —
Your worst cracker joke?
I can’t remember any!
Your funniest Christmas memory?
Probably silliness at my grandparent’s house when I was a kid, and my little girl learning Gangnam Style at her grandparent’s with her cousins, auntie and uncle one year was really funny to watch!
Also, when we used to host a proper Christmas roast for our family a few years back, one year we forgot to defrost the turkey. After trying and failing for several hours to still use it for dinner, we finally gave up and went to our local Spar shop (one of the only places open on Christmas day!) and bought some of those pre-packaged chicken slices for everyone to have instead, as that was the closest thing they had to turkey!
Do you go to Church over the Christmas period?
Will you be cooking the dinner this year?
No (my daughter’s dad will).
Thank you so much for joining in and answering my questions Katie, it was so much fun reading through your answers and I love how family-orientated Christmas is for you, exactly how it should be I think!
Remember to come back on Friday for the next instalment of ‘So This Is Christmas…’ with the lovely Maddy from The Speed Bump.
Are you looking forward to Christmas? It’s come around SO quickly this year hasn’t it?