The Christmas Tag

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;


It’s Christmas Day tomorrow and I want to spread some festive cheer so I thought that I’d attempt the Christmas tag.

So here are the questions along with my answers:

What is your favourite Christmas film?

Does the Snowman count as a film? It’s only 26 minutes long but I wouldn’t count it as a programme. I strongly believe that no Christmas is complete until the entire family gather around and sob at the Snowman. Despite the painful heartbreak and overwhelming sadness it brings, it fills you with festive delight. We’re walking in the air.

I made a list of five films I need to watch before Christmas Day: The Snowman, The Snowman and the Snowdog, Jingle All the Way, Deck the Halls and Elf. I have only watched two and Christmas Day is tomorrow…

Where do you spend Christmas Day?

Always at home however this year, I’m spending three and a half hours at work. This is the first Christmas that I have ever left the house to venture further than the back of my garden.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

I have a guilty pleasure for Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’. Don’t ask me why because I do not know. I also love ‘Walking in the Air’ which is featured in the Snowman but listening to it makes me want to break down crying.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope. Not a single one. Although I’m very tempted to. For the last two weeks, I’ve had an envelope following me around (not literally because envelopes can’t walk) with ‘TO CATHERINE- DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY’ written on it. That is torment, surely? I’m beyond curious.

What festive traditions are you most excited for?

Eating. Eating until I physically cannot eat anymore. Eating until I feel sick. Just eating. I just want to eat.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. This is my last Christmas in my current house and possibly, the last year of having an artificial tree. We have a real Christmas tree in my new house but it replicates the Leaning Tower Pisa.

What is your all-time favourite Christmas food?

Yorkshire Puddings or sausage wrapped in bacon. I could just eat Yorkshire Puddings every day for the rest of my life and still be content.I love them so much. I equally like sausage wrapped in bacon. Some call it pigs in blankets but I call it Devil on Horseback which for some reason gets some weird looks and remarks.

Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

 If you asked me last year, I would have answered with receiving. However this year having earned my own money, I have bought every single Christmas present through my own funding. And therefore, Christmas will seem a little more personal to me this year knowing that I’ve worked hard in order to buy my family nice presents. I think I’ll enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them this year.

What is the best Christmas present that you have ever received?

In 2009, my mum and dad bought me my own viola. I started playing the instrument a couple of years before by using a viola provided by the city music service. I remember feeling when I opened the present that I’ve found something that I truly love and it was mine.The following year, my parents bought me a blue electric viola. In 2012, I received a banjo; an instrument which I wasn’t familiar with at all which has provided me with great joy by teaching myself. In 2013, my parents bought me a guitar for Christmas which I absolutely LOVE! My best Christmas gifts have been all of my instruments.

Where is your dream place to spend Christmas?

To be honest, I’ve never really dreamed of spending Christmas else where other than home. If I had to choose somewhere, it would be Disneyworld in Florida.

Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I fail miserably. Each present looks like a dog has wrapped it. I’d even go as far to say that a dog could wrap a present better than I can. My boss asked me to wrap some presents up at work on my last shift, I was so careful to try and make it look relatively presentable.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, do you keep them?

I always make them but they are always broken by the end of the first week of January. My resolution for 2015 is to stick to my resolution.I am so awful at keeping resolutions.

I would like to conclude my post of festiveness by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a happy holiday.

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