Christmas Parenting

Our Family Christmas – The Christmas Tag

  • December 23, 2016

It’s Christmas Eve Eve!

I’ve been nominated by 2 lovely bloggers to take part in this Christmas Tag, thank you to Catherine at Mama Cat and Baby Bee and Kate at Five Little Stars for tagging me.

So here goes…

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

To watch with Little H it has to be Polar Express as we’ve watched it every Christmas since she was little. My favourite Christmas movie to watch with the husband is definitely Love Actually, that’s been our Christmas Eve movie for years!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Never! Down on the south coast there’s very rarely snow at all which is such a shame as a white Christmas would be lovely. I think we’ll have to go abroad one year to have a nice snowy Christmas.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

We always wake up at home on Christmas morning and open our presents. Then it depends on who’s turn it is to host Christmas dinner! For the last 2 years we’ve stayed at ours and had family over, this year we’re heading to my parents in the afternoon.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Little H’s favourite is “Holly Jolly Christmas” which we have to have on repeat in the car throughout December. As an 80s child mine would have to be Wham’s “Last Christmas” , closely followed by Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone”.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No we don’t, I’m not sure why so many people do this though I know it’s a European tradition. We give Little H some new PJs on Christmas Eve but apart from that all presents are open on Christmas Day.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Donner, Dancer, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Dasher, Comet…..and I’m missing one!

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

We’ve been at work most of this week, the husband has only just got home, so we’re looking forward to getting all festive from tomorrow onwards. We always go out and about on Christmas Eve, for the last 2 years we’ve been ice skating and then for a walk down the beach.

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We’re avoiding ice skating this year and just going for a beach walk. Then we’ll come home, get all cosy, and put the Christmas movies on while we eat chocolates!

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

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Fake! When I was little my parents realised that I was allergic to pine trees – they gave me athsma and made my eyes all itchy so from then on we always had a fake tree.

I have no desire to see whether I’m still allergic to them or not so we have a fake tree with prelit lights to save the hassle of spending hours untangling them.

Plus no pine needles to clear up, though I do wish we could have the family outing of going to choose a tree.

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

My favourite food of the holidays is turkey sandwiches! I’d happily forget the roast dinner and just have turkey sandwiches with all the picky bits. Obviously the obligatory tub of Roses is also a fave.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

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I think most parents would say giving.

It’s so nice to see your child’s face light up as they open their presents, and watch them get all excited. It makes all the money and wrapping worth it.

Though I’m not going to lie, I do like getting presents as well!


What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

I’m not sure, I had so many amazing presents when I was younger. It would probably have to be a bike or a Barbie dool’s house. Nowadays the best Christmas present would be not to be woken up before 7am on Christmas morning!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

As I mentioned above, going somewhere snowy for Christmas would be amazing. We have been talking about saving up to go to Norway or Austria and stay in a chalet. Though saying that I’m a complete sun worshipper and laying on a beach in Thailand on Christmas Day would be bliss!

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

I think I’m probably somewhere in between. They always look nice and neat with bows and ribbon, but I do tend to lose interest after the first few.

Most memorable Christmas moment?

Probably going to Disney World for Christmas when I was a kid. It was strange to see snowmen and Father Christmas when we were in t-shirts and shorts, and didn’t feel that Christmassy but we had a great time and will always remember it.

What makes the holidays special for you?

Bit of a cliche but definitely family. For all of us to have over a week off work to spend together is brilliant. We can laze around, have lots of fun, and spoil Little H. It definitely wouldn’t be the same without a child in the house.

Have a Happy Christmas with your loved ones 🙂

I’m tagging Charlotte from Twenty Something XO, Cydney Helsdown and Lucy from Lucy’s Locket – if either of you have time to do it now!

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