The Christmas Tag 2016

I would say that in my adult life, up until the boys arrived, I had always been a bit of a bah-humbag towards the festive season, but Christmas has truly become the most wonderful time of the year for me. I absolutely love being able to make it as magical for the boys as possible and see the joy in their eyes on Christmas morning, so i was really happy when the lovely Sarah at Rosey Home tagged me in this Christmas Tag for 2016.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Oooohhh……that’s a tough one. I think my all-time favourite “classic” Christmas movie would be Santa Claus: The Movie. I have watched that every year since I was a small child and I still to this day absolutely love it! I think if Father Christmas were real, he would be David Hubblestone! In terms of more recent Christmas movies, I adore Elf and The Holiday.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

No…not that I can remember anyway. One can hope though, right?

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

It changes every year. As long as I’m with family I don’t really care where I spend it to be honest, although this will be my first Christmas Day without the boys as they are going to their dads.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

It would have to be Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, although i can’t listen to that song without picturing Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

I usually allow the boys to open one present each on Christmas Eve, it’s become a bit of a tradition.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

YES! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph!

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

We have lots. I always look forward to putting together a Christmas Eve basket full of goodies for the boys so I guess that would be my favourite. But, also, going to the garden centre to pick a new tree decoration each, decorating the tree together, Christmas book advent calendar, festive jumpers, visiting Father Christmas. I really could go on.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. Ain’t no one got time for a real tree in this household. I have enough mess to clear up on a daily basis without the addition of pine needles as well. Lol. We have a really pretty pre-lit Christmas tree that is perfect for us! The boys also have a mini one upstairs that they’re allowed to decorate however they like.

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

Pigs in blankets…without a doubt! A Christmas dinner isn’t Christmas dinner without some pigs in blankets and lashings of gravy!

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

Giving. For me, Christmas is all about the boys and making it as magical as possible for them. I am so excited to see their faces on Christmas morning and watch them open all their presents.

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

I couldn’t possibly choose just one, I have had lots of wonderful presents over the years.

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

New York. Christmas in NYC is the stuff dreams are made of and it’s way up there on my bucket list. Admiring the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree, ice skating in central park, looking at window displays on 5th Avenue, watching a performance of The Nutcracker at The Lincoln Center. I want to do it all.

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

I wouldn’t go as far as to say I am a pro, but I’m not rubbish at it either. I’m a perfectionist so I like to make sure it looks nice and is done properly!

Most memorable Christmas moment?

Walking onto the NICU ward on my first Christmas as a mama and seeing that all the babies had received a visit from ‘Father Christmas’ overnight and he’d left personalised stockings full of presents hanging on their incubators. I was so moved and touched, it brought me to tears. They’d even taken a photo of Riley and had it made into a special Christmas bauble.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I was VERY young when I discovered that Father Christmas wasn’t real, probably only about 4 or 5. I remember waking up in the middle of the night one Christmas Eve and walking in the living room to find my mum stuffing the stockings with presents and my dad eating the mince pies.

What makes the holidays special for you?

The boys…and spending time with the people I love.

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but feel free to join in with this if you’d like too!



  1. 21 December, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Aw I’m so pleased you did it too! I love hearing about your plans. I’m so impressed with your reindeer knowledge! Have a wonderful Christmas xx
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    • 21 December, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much for tagging me to take part in this, it was so much fun! Haha, i’ve read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ too many times not to know the names of the reindeer! xx

  2. 21 December, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I was the same with finding out about Santa when i was about 4.
    My mum and dad did tell me that they were helping Santa as they were the elves but I knew better. Lovely to see how u spend Christmas

    • 21 December, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Haha same here, i knew straight away something was off as soon as i saw what they were doing! Hope you have a lovely Christmas xx

  3. 21 December, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    ha, what a fun tag! I love watching the Holiday too. I have been to NYC in February, so not quite Christmas, but the ice skating etc was still up and it started snowing – it was like a film lol. Have a fab Christmas x
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    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:25 am

      I’m SO jealous…i’d be happy to visit New York any time of the year really, but Christmas just seems to be such a magical time over there!xx

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Haha i watched Elf and The Holiday SO much over the Christmas and New year period! xx

  4. 22 December, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    It’s lovely to see what everyone is doing and how they celebrate!

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:19 am

      I really enjoy finding out what everyone else is up to…mainly because i’m just a nosey cow lol xx

  5. 22 December, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Love this!
    I didn’t even know there was a Christmas Tag lol
    Charlotte x

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Why does that not even surprise me? lol xx

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:21 am

      You’re joking? I thought everyone had pigs in blankets at Christmas! lol xx

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:22 am

      The staff really go to so much effort for the babies at Christmas don’t they? I know the NHS gets a lot of bad press but i seriously cannot fault the NICU wards at all! xx

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:23 am

      I had a lovely Christmas thanks hun, hope you did too? xx

    • 3 January, 2017 / 10:24 am

      It was such a touching and thoughtful thing to do…reduced me to tears (in a good way!) xx

    • 5 January, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Amazingly…no! I had younger siblings so i kept the magic going for them as well! xx

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