1) What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
The problem is I tend to watch Christmas movies if they're on but I rarely bother to find out what they're called... I like Elf, obviously. Miracle on 34th Street is also a strong contender. But I think I'm going to have to go with Home Alone because it seems to be splashed across every TV channel every year and I've probably seen it a million times. It's a good film.
2) Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
One year when I was younger I asked if I could open one present on Christmas Eve, and I was allowed so I did it every year after that, and if my parents said no, I'd say they had to let me because they had in previous years. Basically, I made up a tradition. Devious. I've stopped doing it now though because I've got older and therefore I get less presents, so I'd rather save them up for Christmas morning. #GrowingUpProblems. We get up at around 8am and open our presents at the same time instead of taking it in turns; we might be British but Christmas makes us forget how to queue.
3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Hmm. Not that I can think of, no. In our house they all tend to be the same and so they've merged into one! I do like it when you desperately want something but there's no hope of getting it and then you do end up getting it. Doesn't happen often, but it's awesome when it does! Last year a few days before Christmas I was looking at an Instax Share Printer on Amazon - it's a little white printer by Fujifilm that you connect to your phone and it prints out your photos as polaroids. I'd fallen in love with it, but it was so expensive. And then on Christmas day I got one from my step-dad; even my mum didn't know he was getting it. YASSS.
4) Favourite festive food?
DO NOT DO THIS TO ME. Oh god. Yorkshire puddings. Oat roast or nut roast. Stuffing. STUFFING. I also like to get a mini Christmas pudding, set it on fire and have it with vanilla ice cream. For about fourteen years, I was convinced I hated Christmas puddings even though I'd never tried one. Turns out I love them.
5) Favourite Christmas gift?
Irrelevant but I just stabbed myself in the eye. Ouch. It burns. Anyway, when I was little I was SO desperate for a Nintendo DS. All the cool kids had them and the only games console I had was an ancient Sega Megadrive (who remembers those?) from the 90s. To be fair, it was good and I kinda miss it. But I needed that Nintendo DS in my life, and when I got it I was obsessed with it for years. I think I was around 7 or 8 years old and I can't remember if I got it for my birthday or Christmas, but it was great. Animal Crossing and Sims 2 Castaways were my faves.
6) Favourite Christmas scent?
For the past few Christmasses my mum has burned a candle that I think was either gingerbread or cinnamon. Something like that. It's such a beautiful scent and it always reminds me of Christmas. I'm really sad this year because we don't have it anymore and I can't remember where we bought it from.
7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Well, there was the one I mentioned earlier but it's not really a thing anymore. I don't know if this is a tradition but I tend to have a normal evening and then I read and go to bed pretty early. I think the whole 'you'd better go to bed early or Father Christmas won't come!' thing is still in me somewhere.
8) What tops your tree?
For the past few years we haven't had a proper tree topper and that is because nothing seems to fit! We have a fake tree so it's the same one every year, and the top branch is quite fat but also flimsy so even if something did fit, it wouldn't stay up there. It's okay - the rest of the tree always looks pretty.
9) As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I can't remember the things I asked for as a kid, but for the last few years my list has been topped with things like an iPhone 5S (which I knew I wouldn't get so I bought it myself a few months later) and a Canon 600D which I also knew I wouldn't get so I bought it secondhand earlier this year. It had been on my list for a good two or three years, though! I tend to be fairly sensible with my lists these days. Ugh.
10) What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Probably the anticipation. I know that might sound weird, but on actual Christmas Day the celebrations only last for a few hours and then you've got over 300 days to wait for the next one. I like the month leading up to Christmas because it's still in the near future. Please tell me I'm not the only one...?
Big thank you to Chloe for tagging me in this! I tag Michelle at Tales of Yesterday, Grace at Gracie Actually Writes, Cat at Through a Cat's Eyes, Holly at Lost in a Library and ze mother at Top Floor Treasures.
What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?