I thought I’d begin my Christmas posts with The Christmas Tag – a series of fun festive questions that give an insight into Christmas in the Bubble. If you fancy joining in, please tag me as I love reading things like this!
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
The Grinch! My favourite scene is theone where he’s trying on different outfits. It never fails to make me laugh but that’s Jim Carey for you! I haven’t seen the new one yet. I’ll try and take Lucas over Christmas no doubt. A close second is Love Actually, it’s one of those ones that I forget how much I like till I watch it again.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I think there might have been one when I was very very little but I don’t remember that. A little like having kids, Ibelieve that the reality of a white christmas probably isn’t as fun as the fantasy!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Since having kids we’re been at home. Yes it means we have the pressure of creating a perfect Christmas dinner (well, Ric does, I don’t cook things that require timing) but I feel bad if we drag Lucas and Sienna away from their new toys as soon as they’ve opened them. It’sthe one day that you can be sure they will play, and play, and play until it’s the afternoon and we sit watching TV feeling full but still eating Christmas chocolates! I’m not the only one who does that right? Occasionally we will go to the pub for an hour to see family.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. I remember dancing in the kitchen at our old house to it on Lucas’ first Christmas day and getting a bit emotional. I love a good sing so it’s the perfect track for that!
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Only the ones from their Christmas Eve box. As far as I’m concerned, there should be zero presents on show before Christmas day as Santa brings them. I’m quite firm on this!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
This is without google and completely off the top of my head….Rudolf, Blitzen, Dancer, Pancer, Vixen…that’s all I can remember.
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I love my Advent calendar. My mum still buys me one every year! Ric isn’t allowed one as he doesn’t do it properly. We also do Elf on the Shelf which is both a pain in the bum and good fun all at the same time. We don’t really have many other traditions…I guess they’ll be made as the kids get older.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake! I can’t deal with the pine needles or the uneven shape of a real one, as nice as they smell. Ours is a 7foot one that we got when we moved into our forever home. I love how big it is and we always buy a new decoration for each child every year. This year I’ll spend my life moving Sienna away from the tree and it’s decorations no doubt.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
Ha ha, where do I start?!
One of my favourite thing about Christmas is all the food! I love the cheese board, mince pies, tinned chocolates and best of all…After Eights! I can devour a full box easily…and did a lot when I was pregnant with Sienna last year. I don’t have that excuse this year. If you haven’t done the After Eight challenge then you haven’t lived! Find it on YouTube.
Secondly, with the restaurant closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and the 2nd December, we usually get more time together as family. This year it works well because Ric gets Sunday and Monday off and Christmas Day/Boxing Day is Tuesday and Wednesday BUT because he needs time off for Sienna’s birthday celebrations, he might have to work Christmas Eve. I’m not too bothered about this as he usually does with it being fairly busy. Either way, this year we definitely get a few more days as afamily of four which is great!
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
A bit of both, if I’m honest. I love getting presents but equally, there is something really good about buyingsomeone a present and knowing that they will love it.
Genuinely, I’m a bit of a nightmare with birthdays and christmas because I don’t like surprises if I know they’re coming. I combat this by writing a birthday/christmas present list and hoping that people (my husband) sticks to it. That why it’s still a surprise but not,if that makes sense.
I love going christmas shopping. Mainly because I go on my own. No kids, no husband moaning. I go alone and I am very productive. I get really excited if I find something that I know someone will love.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
My daughter last Christmas. Is that cheesy? So technically she’s not a christmas present but she arrived on the 21st December so it was fairly close! I was so grateful she made her appearance before the big day itself and it wasn’t too disrupted for Lucas.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
LapLand – home of Santa has to be the perfect place for Christmas. I’m sure, like most things, the reality is far different to the fantasy but it would still be nice to experience it oneday.
My other option is Disney World but that features on any “holiday” question. How amazing must Mickey and his friends be at Christmas?! I’ve never been to Disney, it’s on my bucketlist but I’m waiting till the kids are old enough to fully enjoy it.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m a pro present wrapper. I”m a little obsessive with it actually…well I was till last year when I was heavily pregnant. Trying to wrap presents on the floor with a huge belly infront of you was not easy! I see my Santa has elves to do that sh*t for him! Inprevious years, my wrapping has a colour theme, there are three or four different (but co-ordinating) papers and there are ribbons, bows and other decorations to match. I’m hoping to get back to that standard this year but it will depend on when I get time to wrap them!
Most memorable Christmas moment?
My Dad’s last Christmas. The family got drunk and danced to Abba in the dining room. Aunties were stood on chairs,everyone was singing and happy. It’s a lovely, fond memory I’ll keep with me forever.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
Big Brothers – dashing dreams since the dawn of time. Yep, my brother, four years my senior, decided to tell me. That’s the reason he lives in New Zealand now, he was banished…. 😉
With that in mind, once Lucas knows the truth, I will be ensuring he keeps his big mouth shut!
What makes the holidays special for you?
The magic for the kids. I went thought a phase where Christmas wasn’t that exciting for me. I used to say “it doesn’t feel like christmas”. I think it was because all the young kids were older and I obviously wasn’t a child, despite acting like one. The excitement of Christmas now is having children who see the magic in it all and making things special for them. That’s why I love having an advent calendar and doing things like Elf on a Shelf. As much it’s a pain, it adds an extra sprinkle of magic to the festive period.
So there you go, an insight into a Becka’s Bubble Christmas, look out for more festive posts throughout December! I’d love to hear from you so comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.