I’m back from Uni and can’t wait to start writing some more blog posts. For now, I thought I’d ease myself in with a “Christmas Tag!”
1) What are your favourite Christmas Movies?
Hands down, “The Muppets’ Christmas Carol” is the Christmas movie for me. My family watches it several times every year and even the soundtrack alone can get me in the festive mood.
Apart from that, I love “The Holiday” which makes me cry every time I watch it… and do the “Bridget Jones” movies count as Christmas films?
2) Do you open your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve of Christmas Morning?
Christmas morning. It’s the only way for me. I’m also generally quite strict with myself in that I won’t open any presents ‘til the big day, even if someone gives them to me weeks in advance. It’s just important to me!
The only time I’ve opened one on Christmas Eve was when we stayed up until midnight waiting for my brother to arrive when his flight was delayed. It felt…wrong.
3) Do you have any favourite Christmas memories?
For me, Christmas is one long happy memory. I love the sense of tradition and continuity—in a world of change, the Christmas staples like the turkey, the pudding and the tree remain the same every year.
No specific memories come to mind, but Christmas always makes me feel nostalgic for times during my childhood when my whole family was together and there was that sense of excitement and magic in the air.
4) Favourite Christmas food?
Aside from, of course, the roast dinner and the Christmas pudding, my mum makes the BEST mince pies. I’m also a sucker for a Panettone, as it’s so light after all the heavy Christmas food.
5) Favourite Christmas gift?
That’s a tough one, but I’ve actually just received a rather overwhelming Christmas gift today. My university has awarded me a scholarship of £1,500 for my Leaving Certificate results! It’s much appreciated and I feel like my hard work just keeps paying off.
I also remember a writing-desk with a chalkboard and whiteboard I received when I was about 4 or 5 and the prospect of school was still a novelty. Those were the days!
6) Favourite Christmas scent?
Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I always get excited over the Christmas baking and smelling those spices at any time of year can transport me to my home at Christmas time.
7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
My family is Catholic so we attend evening Mass each Christmas Eve where carols are sung and the age-old Christmas story is recounted.
There’s one particular priest at my church here in Ireland who apologetically receives a call halfway through the service which turns out to be from “Santy”, making sure all the children go home and straight to bed.
We them come home from Mass and just chill out until it’s time to go to bed… even as an adult (sorry, what?!) I’m still always excited to go to sleep on Christmas Eve.
8) What tops your tree?
This little woman has topped our tree for as long as I can remember. I’m always adamant that an Angel should top the tree rather than a fairy. Perhaps a star would suffice but I love our angel’s delicate china hands and lace dress.
9) As a kid, what was one present you always asked for but never received?
I do recall asking Santa for a Barbie Beatle one year and being quite gutted when I didn’t receive it. Luckily, my parents did remember to buy me one for my next birthday and the wait made it all the sweeter! Also, my parents then got the credit for it all by themselves and were for once more admired than the man himself!
10) What is the best part of Christmas for you?
Oh, I’m a total Christmas nut! I love all parts of the holiday season. I think that especially as I grow up and my family goes our separate ways ever so slightly, it’s wonderful to have everyone together for Christmas. But from the advent candles to lying on the sofa with a sore tummy on Boxing Day, I savour every drop of Christmas.