Good morning and welcome 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 will go live every Monday and Friday at 9.00am from today until 23rd December inclusively.
So, to kick things off I’ve got the gorgeous Laura from Five Little Doves chatting about how she’s cooking for nine this year (yes you read that right, bloody nine!), having to have tinned corned beef for dinner one year (!) and her love of Christmas jumpers!
— The Twelve Questions of Christmas —
(1) How will you be spending Christmas this year?
At home with the children, my parents and my brother. We do this every year and although it’s stressful making Christmas dinner for nine, it’s lovely to have that time together.
(2) What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York, hands down! It’s my all time favourite Christmas song and it always makes me feel so emotional!
(3) What’s your earliest Christmas memory?
I must have been four and had been desperate for a teddy bear I had seen in Morrisons of all places. I was so happy to see him waiting under the tree, I still have him thirty-two years later.
(4) What would you like to receive for Christmas this year?
I always struggle to think of something I would like, I’m happy with new pyjamas, slippers and chocolate!
(5) What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Santa Claus The Movie. It’s my all time favourite and my children love it just as much. I must have seen it over a hundred times and I still watch it like its the first time I’ve seen it.
(6) Do you have any special Christmas traditions?
We do Elf on the Shelf each year and when he leaves on Christmas Eve he leaves behind a Christmas hamper. I put in new pyjamas for the children, a Christmas DVD that we watch on Christmas Eve, hot chocolate and new Christmas mugs, popcorn and sweets and small cuddly toys.
(7) When do you usually put your Christmas tree and decorations up?
The first of December if it’s a weekend, or the weekend before or after if it isn’t. I’d have mine up now if I had my way!
(8) What’s your favourite Christmas tipple?
Mulled wine! I never used to like it where as the older I get, the more I love it. I could drink it all year round!
(9) Have you picked an outfit to wear on Christmas day yet (or will you stay all cosy in your PJs?)
We wear our Christmas jumpers usually. I have about five now, all equally as garish, although I love a bit of Christmas twinning so we might try to find the same this year!
(10) When do you start your Christmas shopping?
Usually around October time. With four children we need to spread the cost of Christmas throughout the year, so I might pick up bits as early as the summer but from October I get on a real mission.
(11) Whose face are you most excited to see when they open their present from you this year?
The girls, they have got a HUGE KidKraft dollshouse that they have been lusting over on YouTube, they are going to be so excited, I can’t wait!
(12) What’s your favourite Christmas TV special?
I love a Christmas Come Dine With Me! I love seeing the alternatives to a traditional turkey dinner, although some of them are just ridiculous!
— This or That —
CHRISTMAS CAKE or CHRISTMAS PUDDING?
Cake although I can’t have either now with being gluten free. Boooo!
REAL TREE or ARTIFICIAL TREE?
Artificial, just because it’s easier and less mess. But ideally I’d have a real one as they smell amazing!
DINNER AT HOME or DINNER AT THE PUB?
At home. I think children should be at home playing with their toys on Christmas day, not stuck in a pub. Each to their own but for us, that’s what Christmas is about.
CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR or NOVELTY ADVENT CALENDAR?
Chocolate, although I would love the Boots No.7 one. I’ve never managed to get one yet though!
CHRISTMAS CARDS or CHARITY GIVING?
Charity, always. We give to SANDS in memory of our son Joseph, it’s lovely to be able to include him in our Christmas that way.
STICK TO A BUDGET or BIG CHRISTMAS BLOW OUT?
I try to stick to a budget but I fail every single year! My children are always spoilt at Christmas and I make no apologies for it!
TRADITIONAL TURKEY or SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
We always do turkey, lamb and beef. This year we are throwing in a gammon too. We are all about the meat!
— Tell Me… —
Your worst cracker joke?
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite!
Your funniest Christmas memory?
The year my mum forgot to defrost the turkey and we had to have tinned corned beef as that’s all there was! Actually that probably wasn’t that funny for my mum!
Do you go to Church over the Christmas period?
No, we aren’t religious although I do love singing carols!
Will you be cooking the dinner this year?
Yes, for all nine of us. I’m sweating at the thought!
Thank you so much for joining in and answering my questions Laura, I really enjoyed reading your responses and oh my goodness, I cannot even fathom the thought of cooking for 9 people (I’m terrible at cooking, I’m more of a baker!)
Remember to come back on Monday for the next instalment of ‘So This Is Christmas…’ where I’ll be talking to Katie from Living Life Our Way.
Psttt, and if you’re interested in what I’ve got to say, I’ll be publishing my own answers to the questions as a special feature on Christmas Eve to finish the series.
Are you looking forward to Christmas yet? Only 7 weeks to go, eeek!