The Christmas Tag

I recently saw The Christmas Tag on the lovely blog Tinyfootsteps and I enjoyed reading Jenna’s answers, so I thought I would have a go too. Who doesn’t love Christmas? And being asked about your favourite time of year…. well that’s pretty fab!

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?

I love Home Alone. It epitomises Christmas when I was growing up. Can it really be 24 years old?? Funnily enough, I watched it with Harley last week when we got out the box of Christmas movies. I did worry that the idea of a boy being left alone in a house that it is being targeted by burglars, might be rather frightening for him but I think his innocence allowed him to just see the humour in it… and proof that I really have become an emotional wreck since having children… I cried. I cried, in Home Alone when his mum returns home to see he has decorated the house all by himself!

I also love Nativity. What a brilliantly funny and very touching Christmas film. Who doesn’t enjoy hearing children sing and perform? If you haven’t seen it before, I really recommend that you do. It might just top that favourite Christmas movie list of yours, or at least make it into the top 3!

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But my absolute favourite Christmas movie, if not only just for the music, has to be The Snowman. To me, nothing depicts Christmas more than this film. Watching Harley watching the film, was magical.

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2. Do you open your presents on Christmas morning or in the afternoon?

We always open our stockings first thing in the morning and then presents from the rest of the family, in the afternoon.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Two years ago, I noticed a present sticking out from under the tree. It caught my eye because it was in different wrapping paper to everything else, so I knew I hadn’t wrapped it. Intrigued, I remember peering under the tree to read the tag …

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Being a step mum, is possibly one of the hardest jobs in the world, but that message there; that sentiment; those heartfelt words, meant everything.

4. Favourite festive food?

Pigs in blankets are definitely my favourite thing on the Christmas dinner plate. I’m not a lover of Christmas cake or Christmas Pudding, but my Gran’s trifle is on another level. Her secret weapon was always a top layer of Dream Topping sprinkled with hundreds and thousands. I’m blessed to still have my grandparents happy and well, although often now, big family gatherings are a little too much so they prefer to stay at home. But Gran’s trifle would still make it’s way to the table. I’m debating whether or not to give it a go this year. I’d have a lot to live up to!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

Don’t laugh at me, but I do have the memory of a gift that sticks firmly in my mind. It’s from 1991 (are you impressed I knew that?) when in my stocking was Cher’s album, Love Hurts on cassette. It even had The Shoop Shoop Song on it. As if I didn’t already think I was the coolest kid around, now that I had the Cher album but I also received a mint green Batwing Jumper. Man, I was so happy!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
It’s got to be the smell of a real Christmas tree, hasn’t it? The smell that fills the living room when you come downstairs first thing in the morning. It’s my only regret of having an artificial tree.
Last Christmas I bought the Festive Spice oil burner from Next. It’s gorgeous and very Christmassy, with notes of juicy orange, red berries and festive spices. I can definitely recommend.

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7.Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

We don’t really. But my favourite thing about the build up to Christmas day, is leaving the mince pie and carrot for Santa and Rudolph. Last year was the first time that Harley understood the concept of it and my eyes welled up as he was getting the plate ready. I like the idea of a Christmas Eve box and I may well start up this tradition, next year.

8. What tops your tree?
Always, a silver star. It was adorable to watch Lola place the star on top of the tree this year, for her first ever Christmas.

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9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I don’t think I ever asked for something crazy, in fact I just text my mum to ask her but she said I didn’t either. There, I was a very modest child. And I think I was pretty damn lucky growing up, because I always remember getting the things that I did ask for. Santa was a gem!

10. What’s the best part of Christmas for you?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it has to be watching the kids’ faces the moment they realise Santa has been. We have Luke’s boys this year so all 4 of them will have a stocking. Blimey, it’s an expensive year but I’m all giddy at the thought of Christmas morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

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Alphabet Photography ~ I

I is for … intrigue.

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I really enjoy going for a walk through a Bluebell Wood. The sea of violet blue is breathtaking.  The interest and intrigue which is captured in this photo is priceless, coupled with the large stick that he found along the way depicts to me, the innocence of childhood. I love seeing Harley totally captured by nature; I love seeing his muddy shoes and his grubby hands. I love watching him explore. It is then that I know he has had fun and made precious memories for both him and I.

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