Monday, 22 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

The lovely Danielle from Underland to Wonderland tagged me for this post, and honestly I don't normally do 'tag' posts, but as soon as I saw the word 'Christmas' I was hooked and ready to answer anything!
1.When does Christmas start for you?
Christmas started for me very early (ahem February!) as moving into my first home, I knew I wanted to host Christmas at my house, so in the back of my mind it was a ludicrously early start this year. Working in a school, its hard not to be in the festive spirit for the whole of December. I think the turning point for me, as sad as this may sound was the John Lewis Christmas advert, as the very next day in London, a Mabel the Penguin was brought for Cece for Christmas.

2. What is one Christmas movie you must watch? 
I love lots of Christmas films, but it has to be Love Actually. I haven't actually watched it yet but it is on the cards over the next few days, if not on Christmas Day itself.

3. Do you bake a Christmas cake or buy one?
Like Danielle, I do not do Christmas Cake, Pudding or Mince Pies... and Trifle is just a no go any day of the year (I do actually have a list of 'wrong' puddings and trifle alongside jelly & ice cream is a no go!) We get a yule log, and maybe a gateau. This year my family are obsessed with cheesecake, so I'm getting a New York Cheesecake, and have a variety of toppings already in the house to go with it.

4. When do you put up your Christmas tree?
When I was younger it was always the 1st of December or as close to. This year we were a week late. The earlier the better!
5. Do you have a real or fake Christmas tree?
As I wasn't sure whether I'd be renewing the lease on the house for another year, we brought real this year (then found out we were staying!)... the cost puts me off a tiny bit, but the smell the real tree has brought into the house is divine!
6. When do you start playing Christmas music?
I have Christmas songs on my phone all year round. I am actually quite sad with that one!

7. Do you use the same Christmas decorations each year or buy new ones?
The same ones every year, but I try to add one decoration a year where possible.

8. How do you spend Christmas Eve?
I don't actually have a way to spend Christmas Eve, it changes every year. This year I'll be seeing family, and then having family over in the evening.

9. Advent calendar or no advent calendar?
Advent Calendar of course, everyone has one, including Cece!

10. Do you leave a snack out for Santa and his reindeer?

We always used to, I doubt I'll do it this year though!

11. How does Santa get into your house?
Down the Chimney.

12. Mince pies, yay or nay?
13. Snowballs, eggnog, or mulled wine?
I have never tried eggnog, and really have no interest in it! Snowball is the drink I was always given as a child, and hated! Advocat really is not nice! Mulled Wine, I like without the cinnamon though. This year I'm going to give mulled cider a go.

14. What scents remind you of Christmas?

Definitely anything orange smelling, or the smell of Christmas dinner cooking.
15. How do you spend Christmas Day?

We spend the morning opening presents, stockings first then the tree presents. Once that is finished, we'll have a light breakfast. Generally everyone just chills out whilst dinner is being cooked, then dinner in the afternoon, then relaxing on the sofa watching Christmas TV. This year, we've decided we are going to rock out some board games ... I brought the Million Pound Drop very cheap from Argos, and me & my sister gave it a go and were hopeless! Partini is another favourite!

I've loved writing this post, it's actually got me quite excited for Christmas! A huge thank you to Danielle for tagging me! I'm going to openly tag all of you to complete this if you fancy! Leave your links below. What do you love about Christmas?
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