My favourite time of year is almost upon us, and I want to celebrate with all my fellow Christmas lovers with a little “how do you do Christmas” post. So I’ve come up with a series of questions that I have sent to fellow bloggers who are going to tell me how they celebrate Christmas. I think it will be really fun to see how people do Christmas differently, and hopefully I’ll have enough people taking part to take up right up to Christmas! I will post a new one every Friday until Christmas. The first one is by me!
Christmas This or That
Real tree or fake tree? Ususally fake, but this year we’re having a real one for the first time!
Perfect colour scheme or mis-matched decorations? It started as a perfect colour scheme, but has become mis-matched with all the special tree decorations we have collected!
Giving presents or receiving presents? (be honest!!) Giving, definitely!
Stocking or no stocking? Stocking
Presents in the morning or afternoon? Morning! And then usually afternoon with extended family.
Christmas Magic or the Grinch? Christmas magic of course!
Do you love or hate wrapping presents? I love the idea of wrapping presents, but usually get bored after the first few!
Christmas at home or away? We’ve always done Christmas at home, but it might be nice to do it abroad one day.
Christmas shopping early or last minute? Early – I started in July this year and was mostly done by September!
Christmas jumpers – cool or cheesy? I used to love a cheesy jumper, so I prefer a more subtle one! But the boys have full on cheesy Christmas outfits!
How Do You Do Christmas?
When does your Christmas tree go up? And how long does it stay up for?
The tree goes up usually the last weekend of November. I’d definitely put it up earlier, but Craig’s birthday is 24th November, so it’s not allowed up before then! But we take it down pretty quickly, usually a day or two after Boxing day. It’s usually all packed away by New Year’s Eve.
Do you do any Christmas baking? If so, what is your favourite thing to make?
I love making a Christmas cake, although I’ve failed the last two years and not had time. I try and do cookies or cupcakes with Alfie, and usually will bake something for my treats day at work.
What is your favourite Christmas craft or activity, or is there something new you’d like to try this year?
I actually don’t do a lot of Christmas crafts! A couple of years ago we did handprint and footprint cards with Alfie, but it was hard! This year we have already painted some ceramic baubles, but I’m going to try and set up a few activites on the tuff tray.
Do you visit Father Christmas? If so, where are you going this year?
Yes! I love doing a visit to Father Christmas, but I am pretty strict that we only have one official meeting with him! So we may go to events where he is there and we say hello etc, but we only do one sit down grotto type thing. This year I have booked a local event which has had great reviews, so I’m pretty excited – we have a personal elf guide!
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
It’s actually one from when I was small, I must have been about 5 or 6 and I got a dolls pram for Christmas. Not just any pram though – it had a double hood for my twin babies! I was obsessed with twins when I was younger, and always wanted to have twins when I grew up (I’ve changed my mind now though!) I’ll always remember walking in to the living room and seeing my pram under the Christmas tree.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? What’s your favourite?
We are slowly building up our Christmas traditions, merging mine and Craig’s from when we were young and creating our own. I always had a stocking, so I’ve continued that with our children, and Craig always had pigs in blanket and bucks fizz (or orange juice!) so we do that as well. We’ve also introduced a Christmas Eve box with new pjs, a film, mugs, treats for the movie and a couple of other Christmas related items. Henry has a new box to match Alfie’s this year!
What do you wear on Christmas day? Do you dress up, wear a cheesy Christmas jumper or stay in your pjs?
Sometimes a Christmas jumper, or sometimes just a nice dress – depends I have to feed in it or not!! This year I think I am going to dress up! Never really stay in pjs, I feel slobby if I do.
Do you have turkey for dinner or something else?
How has Christmas changed for you since having children?
It’s definitely made it more fun. I’ve always been a huge fan of Christmas, and now it doesn’t seem so silly to get excited when you have children. I love everything about Christmas and it’s even more exciting seeing it through a child’s eyes.
Finally…What do you want Father Christmas to bring you this year?
A winning lottery ticket! Failing that, a new pair of winter boots or a camera.
Come back next week to see who we’re talking to about all things Christmas!