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23 Dec 2020

The Christmas Tag

IT"S CHRISTMASSSSSS (say that in your best Slade voice)! I'm a massive Christmas fan, just in case you hadn't worked that out already, so when Tash over at A Girl With A View tagged me to do this Christmas tag (you can read her version here) I obviously jumped at the chance because I love getting to do Christmassy things and will take any excuse to bring up my favourite Christmas films and songs. I've just finished work for the year as well so this seemed like the perfect post to put up today!

THE CHRISTMAS TAG RULES

1. Put on your favourite Christmas playlist to listen to while answering!
2. Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing.
3. Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to their site.
4. Answer the 10 original questions.
5. Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you.
6. Ask 2 questions of your own Tag 6 bloggers to take part.

When do your decorations go up?

Usually, our decorations start to go up around the start of Advent so late November/early December. We've amassed a large collection over the years though so they always go up in drips and drabs starting with a wreath on the door and some candles before we tackle the Christmas tree!

Who is the Scrooge of your family or friendship group?

I don't know! I honestly feel like we're all very festive people! It's definitely not me though since I've been watching holiday movies since October! We love doing Christmassy things as a family and usually, our whole extended family would come together for a big Christmas party so yeah I don't know if we have one.

If money were no object, how and where would you spend Christmas?

I love spending Christmas at home but the answer to where I want to spend any time is always in Copenhagen. Like just imagine walking through Tivoli with an apple cider with everything all lit up and magical, Walking along Nyhavn under the Christmas bow lights eating a cardamom bun from Juno UGH actual heaven. There's just something that seems so cosy and magical about a scandi Christmas and I long for it. Also part of me wants to go to a little cabin up in the Norwegian fjords because that truly would be a magical Christmas.

What festive film do you HAVE to watch every festive season?

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL! I was raised on the VHS of this film and we as a family love to watch it every year, it's just so joyful (I recently watched Starkid's VHS Christmas Carol though and it's the only other version I've seen that can rival the muppet version in my opinion). Another joyful film we need to watch each Christmas is Nativity! There's just something so freeing about yelling the lyrics of Sparkle and Shine along with some eight-year-old children in Coventry Cathedral.

Who do you find hardest to buy presents for?

100% my dad! He literally likes Peanuts (as in Snoopy and Charlie Brown Peanuts, not actual Peanuts), toffee and aftershave and I never know what to buy him without it getting repetitive.

Would you rather buy lots of little presents for a hamper, or by one big/main present?

I love getting little things. As I've grown older something I've realised is that little presents are so much more special than one big present. You can save up and buy yourself a big present but realistically you're not going to buy yourself a personalised mug with your favourite sweets and something about that little gesture of I see you and I know you is just so heartwarming and is so much more special than just getting a new phone.

What did you leave out for Santa when you were a child?

Always a carrot for Rudolph, sometimes we even scattered glitter in the garden. And then for Santa, I think it was milk or a glass of Coke and probably a mince pie, shortbread and some Quality Street.

Where did you spend last Christmas?

Just at home. We pretty much spend every Christmas at home because we host. My uncle and my grandparents come over and then various members of the extended family will drop round for an hour in the evening. There was only one year we went away for my mum's 50th which was a lovely change. We stayed in the house in Scotland that she would have spent Christmases in growing up and had a big party with her extended family who live over there.

Which Christmas song makes you cringe?

I don't know if I have one! I love Christmas music. My Christmas Spotify playlist has 647 songs in it and lasts for over 37 hours. If I had to pick one maybe the Alexander Armstrong cover of White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes because it feels like a fever dream every time I listen to it. Although on a similar note we were watching Songs of Praise on Sunday and JB Gill was singing Hark The Herald with Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins and when his bit started I cringed so hard I think I had an out of body experience.

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?

Okay, so 100% Stacy De Novo from The Princess Switch because Prince Edward of Belgravia is the greatest fictional man ever. And on a similar note Janelle Parrish's character from the new Hallmark movie Holly and Ivy because she gets married to Jeremy Jordan who is one of my favourite non-fictional men of all time.

Do you have a Christmas Eve box?

No, we don't! We do however still get stockings on Christmas morning as well as our main gift from our parents.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

As I mentioned earlier, I love Christmas music but my absolute fave of all time is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas but with the original lyrics. Sabrina Carpenter and Phoebe Bridgers both do great versions. I could write a whole paper on why the original lyrics are better and how I resent Frank Sinatra every time I hear the other more familiar version but I just think especially this year they're so poignant.
Some day soon we all will be together, if the fates allow, but until then we'll just have to muddle through somehow, so have yourself a meryy little christmas now!

So That's the end of my Christmas tag! As it's so close to Christmas now I won't be tagging anyone but I hope you enjoyed reading some of my takes on Christmas and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a better new year!

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