Christmas is my favourite time of year. Bar none. No scrooging in this house – our tree is up, we’ve already started the shopping and the wrapping and I don’t even mind the odd Christmas song in the shops. Bring it on I say! All I want now is a bit of snow!
As you can imagine, we’re going to get very, very festive on this blog over the next month or so, but we’re beginning with a general overview of the festive season in our house. This is a quiz all about my Christmas favourites… the songs, the food and the fun activities we get up to. This is really the first Christmas where Short Rib has been properly aware of what’s going on, so it’s heading to be the most exciting one yet!
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
The Muppet Christmas Carol. I don’t really know why because I’m not that big on the Muppets, but this film is just awesome. I watch it every single year at some point (it used to be on Christmas Eve) and it never really gets old.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! Well. It snowed. It didn’t stick around long. I was in my last year of school, so that must have been around 2003. 14 years is long enough Mr Weatherman, I would like snow this year please!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We split it between Wes’ family, who are fairly local and mine who are not. Last year, my parents came to stay with us on Christmas Eve which was really lovely and this year Wes’ Mum is going to stay so she can see Short Rib open all of his presents. We’ll go over to see all of Wes’ family during the day before heading over to my parents’ house to spend Christmas night with them. It’s a lot of travelling but lovely to see everyone.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
Last Christmas by Wham! It’s definitely cheesy, but it’s not pretentious (lookin’ at you John Lennon and Band Aid) and it’s not just awful (Mistletoe and Wine… ugh!). I love it. I’d listen to it all year around if it were socially acceptable. But it’s not, so I don’t.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Absolutely not! Apart from being generally too busy running around like a blue-arsed fly trying to sort everything, Santa does not deliver presents on Christmas Eve. He delivers them on Christmas morning. No opening before then!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
No. Rudolph, Comet, Cupid, Donner (Kebabs… mmmm), Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer annnnd I’m starting to run out of reindeer. How many does he even have?
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Well this year, Short Rib is old enough to sit himself down for the duration of a movie, so I’m hoping that this year we can all snuggle down and watch something festive and awesome together. Generally we have a takeaway on Christmas Eve (last year we ate out at a nice restaurant!) but I might even cook up something scrummy and clearly not diet friendly.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. We can’t risk Short Rib destroying it, eating it, poking the needles in his eye. All that kind of stuff. In the next few years we’ll go back to having a real one, like we did before he was born, but the one we have bought is awesome. People ask if it’s real all the time, so it’s certainly doing its job!
What is your all-time favourite holiday treat / food / sweet?
Errrrm, oh God. Curry Twiglets. They don’t do them anymore, which really piggin’ annoys me, but when I was a kid I would go through barrels of them. Normal Twiglets are genuinely disgusting but the curry ones were out of this world. I miss them terribly and nothing has come close.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Giving. To the point I make people wait to get our presents so I can be there when they get it. I’m pretty awful at receiving gifts – people ask me what I want and I don’t know the answer so I’m horrific to buy for. I’m trying to get better but I just don’t “want” very much.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
The news that we were expecting Short Rib. It was an early Christmas gift (we found out late November) but it still counts. We weren’t able to tell anyone and I spent a very sober Christmas being spied on by my little sister, who I think almost instantly knew what was up. We told a few people on New Years’ Eve, because we were so sure that every bugger had cottoned on. But it was all awesome nonetheless.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Uh, Lapland? Northern Lights? Yeah, all that proper wintery stuff. Surely this is the same for everyone isn’t it? You can’t go somewhere sunny at Christmas, it’s unnatural.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
A pro and to a laughable extent. Last year, I wrapped a present for a 2 month old baby with curling ribbon, bows, paper folded to precision. A 2 month old. I’m not ashamed.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
Errr… oh Jesus. Right, I was thirteen and was fairly obsessed with a WWE wrestler called Chris Jericho. On Christmas morning this particular year in the middle of the present unwrapping shenanigans, my Mum says that someone’s knocking on the door and asked me to get it. Which was weird, because nobody heard it and my brother is nearer the front door than I am. But she insists I go and answer it. Fine… I’m about to enter stroppy teenager mode when I open the door to the hallway and there, staring back at me, is a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Chris Jericho, complete with Santa hat. It stayed in my room until I went to University… and I can’t believe I’ve just admitted that.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don’t really remember. As the oldest of four kids, you can’t exactly have a Eureka moment and discuss it frankly with your parents. They insisted for the longest time and I didn’t believe them, but it was never talked about. I guess I just got older and sussed it out for myself.
What makes the holidays special for you?
The length of time you get off work for very little holiday days is pretty good. But realistically, just the coming together of everyone over the course of a week or so – it’s quite a chilled out affair for the most part in our family so it’s really lovely. Everything is just cosy. That’s what I really love about it.