The Christmas Tag is a popular post to write every year and since I’m doing blogmas this year I thought I would give it a go. Before I do so I’ll just give you a quick summary of why I love the build up to Christmas but not so much the actual holiday.
I’m not a massive fan of Christmas. I love the build up to Christmas – buying gifts, decorating, baking, listening to Christmas songs (not Mariah Carey!!!) drinking mulled wine and snuggle up under a blanket with candles warming up the air. I’m sure you get the picture.
The part I don’t like about the actual Christmas days is that they become boring and you seem to sit wound waiting for nothing to happen. It was different being a kid or having younger children in the family to celebrate with. That’s why I’ve decided not to go back home and celebrate this year. I’d rather spend a long, nice week with family and friends in January.
With no further ado, here’s me answering the Christmas tag.
The Christmas Tag
1. Which Christmas film is your favourite?
I don’t have a Christmas film I have to watch every year. I do enjoy ‘Love Actually’ and ‘The Holiday’ but the film I associate the most with Christmas is ‘Sound of Music’. It always showed on Swedish TV on Christmas Eve and me and my grandmother used to watch it together before bed.
2. Do you open your gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Swedish tradition says Christmas Eve and I don’t think I could change that tradition. It’s not unusual for me to open gifts on other days too if I celebrate on other days with friends.
3. Have you got a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a difficult question but I did really enjoy when a friend from school was nice enough to act as Santa for me and my family one year. My nephews and niece were so surprised and confused as it would usually be me or my mum putting on a Santa hat handing out the Christmas gifts. I believe another drunk Santa came nocking on our door they same evening and he was probably more confused than us.
4. Favourite Christmas food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Yet to receive… I don’t want to sound ungrateful but all have been so nice I can’t decide.
6. Best Christmas scent?
SATSUMAS! Every time someone is peeling and eating a satsuma I’m reminded of Christmas. The scent from blown out candles isn’t bad either.
7. Do you have any traditions the night before Christmas?
There’s always TV shows on TVs the night before, helping people get into the spirit but I’m not a massive fan. I haven’t decided what I’m doing this year, maybe I’ll go out for a couple of drinks…
8. What’s at the top of your Christmas tree?
I don’t have a Christmas tree this year but last year I made a book tree and at the top I had three Lonely Planet books.
9. Best Christmas song?
‘Fairytale of New York’ and Swedish ‘Mer Jul’ (‘More Christmas’).
10. According to you, what’s the best about Christmas?
December time and the days and preparation leading up to Christmas. To see everyone else happy is also a lovely thing.
If you’re reading this and you have a blog, don’t forget to answer the Christmas tag you too! Merry Christmas!