The Christmas Tag

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So it's getting to that time of the year where all I want to do is sit at home, under my Tinkerbell blanket, with a hot chocolate and wrap Christmas presents. I feel that I may be a little premature in my festivities, however, so I thought I'd curb my enthusiasm and complete the Christmas Tag that I found on Becky's blog:

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I absolutely adore Miracle on 34th Street, The Snowman, Father Christmas and the latest of the Raymond Briggs franchise, The Snowman & The Snowdog. 

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We will always open presents on Christmas morning, usually still in our Pjs and usually making our way through a mountain of selection boxes and chocolate coins. My mum usually asks if we want to do it all in one go...or save some presents for later and it's the same every year, the former wins! This year I might try and see if we can spread them out over the day, let's see how well that suggestion will go down with my brother...

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
My Mum & Dad's Christmas tree has always been placed on a side table with a cloth covering the top of the table, and then the presents put under table. One year my brother and I cleared out all of the presents and turned on the lights on the tree and laid under the table so it looked like we were lying under the tree. My Dad put Emerson Lake & Palmer's I Believe In Father Christmas on his stereo and we laid in the light and festive atmosphere and listened, silenced in awe. That memory's become so much more poignant since my Dad's passing, and that song remains my favourite Christmas song of all time. 

4. Favourite festive food?
It's got to be a good old chocolate coin bag! Or Christmas dinner :)

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
I've been so lucky to have received a multitude of amazing gifts over the years, Barbies as a child, lots of books, stationary, trip to Dubai, and jewellery amongst other things that I can't pinpoint a favourite gift of all time.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
My Mum will always place cloves inside clementines and put them on the radiator to make the beautiful citrus spicy scent fill the room...so yummy!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
When we lived in Russia we'd always go to a Christmas party. Since we moved back to England my brother and I will usually squeeze the Christmas presents and put our stockings outside our bedroom doors. For the past couple of years it's also become a bit of a tradition to go out for Chinese on Christmas Eve and watch people do the frantic last minute dash around the shops :)

8. What tops your tree?
I've not remembered anything particularly iconic topping our tree. My parents' tree is older than I am and the top branch hangs a bit limp these days so we usually just place a star sitting on the branches below it. 

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Never mind as a child, more like over the past three years or so I've been lusting after a brown Mulberry Bayswater handbag. It goes on every Birthday and Christmas list (usually as a bit of a giggle between my Mum and I!) and it will do until I am either gifted one or I save up and buy one for myself!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Absolutely everything, the preparation, buying presents, decorating, eating, wrapping, writing cards, secret santa, wearing silly things in my hair, chocolate, christmas music, wearing christmas socks...the lot!

So that's my Christmas Tag :) If you do this too please leave the link to your post below so that I can read it too!