The Christmas Tag 2016

I know – two tags in one week! But this one is a good one I promise. We were tagged by the Hectic Dia-bec-tic (visit her blog here) to do the Christmas Tag 2016.

As with the last tag we will both answer the questions:

C = Claire

L = Leah

What’s your favourite Christmas Movie?

C: erm….Let me think? A Christmas movie or a movie that’s on a Christmas? L: Either! C: erm.. Oliver, quite like the Railway Children too

L: All the greats, Love Actually, Elf, The Holiday, Bridget Jones Diary… you know, proper festive.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

C: Yes, possibly between the ages of 14 & 16, I remember going out on the sledge. We all wanted to go out on our new bikes and we couldn’t. Oh and someone crashed in to Dad’s car that year too because he couldn’t stop. Dad’s car was parked at the time.

L: I don’t believe I have had a white Christmas, it snowed on Christmas day in Newcastle but it wasn’t white all over. 2 years ago we had a White Boxing day – most traumatic day of my life.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

C: At home but we have Christmas day with alternate families.

L: Yeah – we like to make it fair. However I do love it with Claire’s family as our niece and nephews make it magical, as most children do.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

C: The Pogues, Fairytale of New York – without a doubt! Has been for years.

L: All I want for Christmas by Mariah makes me feel super festive, and the Christmas song is lovely, oh and have your self a merry little Christmas.. the Sam Smith version makes me teary! I love Christmas songs.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

C: No

L: Nor me…we never did in our family.

C: Nor us, Santa hadn’t been so how on earth were you to open presents before.

L: Also it’s nice to have a day where it’s gifts all at the same time.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

C: Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Donner, Prancer, Cupid, Blitzen,

L: OH NO WHAT IS THE LAST ONE CLAIRE???? (checks google) COMET!!! Oh yes…

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

C&L: Fake! And the most beautiful tree!

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

C: Strawberry cream quality streets, I love cheese too and ooh, the things my mum makes for boxing day, tuna, mayo and onion on ritz crackers. Might have them soon, I love them!

L: Bread Sauce – I love it with my turkey dinner and cranberry sauce

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

C: Giving!

L: Me too – I love buying gifts for people…seeing their faces (happy or disappointed haha)

C: I get a little embarrassed receiving don’t you?

L: I know what you mean

What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

C: Honestly I don’t remember my gifts – I just remember the time I spend with my family and we have a laugh.

L: I think the best present was being told I was going to Disney world on my Birthday, something I had always wanted – unfortunately my dad was too ill to come with us and ended up passing a few weeks later but at the moment I was told I was just so overjoyed. I cried so much.

What would be your dream place to visit during the holiday season?

C: Probably somewhere like lapland or somewhere in Norway maybe…there just has to be snow.

L: Somewhere like a large cabin for all the family, including hot tub and a log fire.

Are you a Pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

C: I don’t put all the fancy stuff on but I am definitely pro.

L: I used to be – I used to spend AGES on wrapping, till I realised no one really cared and just there was too much waste.

Most memorable Christmas moment?

C: The same thing we always did, we all had to be up together and we all had to go downstairs together and then Mum and Dad would say ‘has he been?’ and we would then open our presents with a very tired looking Mum and Dad looking over us

L: Being in Egypt over Christmas with my family and we were having turkey…of course, it’s tradition, but it’s not tradition to have them alive in the back of your Lada taxi (this is in the 80s), well not for me it wasn’t at 8 years old. You could hear them gobbling all the way back from the market.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

C: We had come to Derbyshire to visit family. We were all shopping and Mum took me to one side and said ‘You can come with me to chose the slippers now you know Santa’s not real’ unfortunately, I didn’t know. I was 11 and had suspicions but wasn’t 100% till she confirmed it.

L: I don’t remember the exact moment but I was quite young because I remember waking up (I was a light sleeper). I didn’t say anything for years as I thought if I let on I knew I wouldn’t get any more presents.

What makes the holidays special for you?

C: Spending time with family. It’s my favourite thing to do anyway and that is most definitely the best time to do it.

L: Having time off work and being with my wife and family. Honestly I think my favourite part is seeing everyone enjoying their gifts and their food, it makes me happy to see everyone enjoy themselves the most.

So that is our answers and with there only being a few days to Christmas we won’t tag anyone specifically – just anyone who reads this and wants to have a go!

We hope you have a lovely Christmas and we will have a new blog up just after!

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