Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tis the Season to be Jolly

I have been tagged by the lovely Attachment Mummy to answer some Christmassy questions.  Seeing as it’s less than a week away now and I do love this time of year (I do have a penchant for mince pies and Christmas pudding after all!) I thought I better get on the case! 

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love the build up, the first sightings of Christmas tree’s (and decorating our own), the start of the many grotto visits, hearing my boys practising for their school performances (snippets of song filling the house!) and I am especially fond of the Christmas food, although I would gladly avoid sprouts at all costs!  Nasty green vegetable!!!  The day itself is so magical seeing their faces having their Christmas stocking and later their presents from Santa.  I would quite happily have nothing on the day itself, all I want is the pleasure of seeing two very happy contented faces.

Demonstrating the how not to decorate your tree pose!

What is your favourite make-up look for the festive season?

I agree with Attachment Mummy washing my face is a luxury; time to actually preen myself is something of the past.  Actually to be fair even back then, I never really did more than a little token mascara, lip gloss is too sticky, it drives me mad.  I am also not that keen on the suffocating feel of foundation on my skin!  I am a low maintenance girl through and through, if you’re lucky I might brush my hair for you!

Real or Fake trees?

We have never had a real tree, I know they smell nice but I hear some people are driven to distraction with the falling needles.  I would like one to try at least once, but with a restricted budget and a perfectly competent fake tree (very large and quite beautiful) it’s a one-day kind of moment.  The cat seems content chewing on the fake tree as it is; I dread to think what he would be like with a real one!  No doubt scaling to the top in search of adventure…

Giving or receiving presents?

Definitely giving, I want to see if I choose well and if they seem happy, the boys especially.   Nothing beats their radiant smiles on Christmas day.  If I was given an ipad though, perhaps I might change my tune, but as it is my needs are quite small on the whole, choccies and some warm socks and I am a contented bunny!

Do you open your presents in the morning or evening?

The present opening commences in earnest in the morning, as long as everyone is up and washed (and dressed – my mum’s ideals!) then we can get stuck in!  Although this year I am going to see if we can get away with staying dressed in onesies for as long as possible!  Often the present opening goes on for many hours, as my boys used to get fatigued from all the unwrapping but as they have got older the amount of time to get through it all has reduced (and luckily the dog helps them out too!).

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

We love Elf and watch it over and over again.  I am keen to see what Arthur Christmas is about, so might be one to add to our list (when its reduced, currently £10 on Amazon, not going to happen!).  We enjoyed the Santa Clause the other day when it was on television.  We have the Muppets Christmas Carol, eldest loved it last year, after an initial reluctance when he thought the puppets looked a little scary.

What is your favourite Christmas food?

I love the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but I think it’s the sweets that I look forward to the most; I very much enjoy the mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake and really go to town on all those dried fruit offerings!  My mum makes a rather delicious trifle too.  Cheese board does not interest me as I spend far too much of the year living on a plain cheese sandwich for lunch as it is!

I am going to tag Really Rachel, This Is Life, Katie Cupcake Cymru and Unique Young Mum ever hopeful they can take part, but given the proximity to Christmas and the long lists of tasks to do, I leave it to your discretion if you would like to get involved!

Christmas love to you all x

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