Blogmas 2020

The Christmas Tag of 2020, Blogger Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! For more of us this is our last full week at work before Christmas. For today’s post I’ve been tagged by the lovely Ruthie to participate in the Christmas Tag 2020. I’ll be answering some fun Christmas-themed questions, and then after you’ve read this you can click here to find Ruth’s post:

The Christmas Tag Rules

⛄ Put on your favorite Christmas playlist to listen while answering.

❄ Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing.

⛄ Thank the blogger who tagged you and leave a link to their site.

❄ Answer the 10 original questions.

⛄ Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you.

❄ Ask 2 questions of your own.

⛄ Tag 6 bloggers to take part.

The Original Christmas Tag Questions

1) When do your decorations go up?

As early as is socially-acceptable! When I lived at home we always put them up around the 12th December, then as we got older we managed to convince our parents to get that date closer and closer to December 1st. This year was a little different. I moved out of the family home and in with my partner. This means I also got to buy a whole new stash of decorations. Additionally, with the whole covid thing this year, we figured it wouldn’t hurt to spruce the place up with decorations slightly earlier. So we may or may not have had the decorations up since the 14th November. ?

2) Who is the scrooge in your family or friendship group?

I wouldn’t go as far as to say a Scrooge, but my Dad was definitely the one needing most convincing when it came to getting the decorations out of the attic. It’s also very rare to see him sitting down to watch a Christmas film. At the same time, he loves giving Christmas presents, especially when he knows it’s something that the recipient will absolutely love!

3) If money were no object, how and where would you spend Christmas?

One day I would love to spend Christmas in Lapland! Imagine being able to go away with your whole family over the holidays; spending your days playing board games, watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate in a snow-covered log cabin. It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than that.

4) What Christmas film/movie do you have to watch every festive season?

When we were small we used to love watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998). I don’t know where it came from but we had it on DVD and every Christmas we’d sit down to watch it. Now that I’m a tad older, it would have to be The Holiday (2006). I love everything about this film: the plot, the cast, the ending! The Polar Express (2004) is another great contender though, because it really reminds me of childhood.

5) Who do you find the hardest to buy presents for?

Generally I find men so much harder to buy for than ladies. But my Dad in particular, because he’s one of those people where if he needs/wants something he’ll just buy it for himself straight away.

6) Would you rather buy lots of little presents for a hamper or buy one big/main present?

Personally I’m much more of a hamper kind of person than a big present. Unless, however, I know exactly what to get them and I think it’s something they’ll genuinely love. I get quite excited buying lots of small/medium-sized presents for someone because I often can’t think of one big thing that they might really appreciate.

7) What did you leave out for Santa when you were a child?

I know a lot of people opt for milk and cookies, but we always left out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph.

8) Where did you spend last Christmas?

Christmas 2019 was an unfortunate one for me as I had the flu! I’d had colds before obviously, but I never realised until last year how much worse the actual flu is compared to a bad cold. However, we still had a lovely Christmas at home with the family. It was both mine and Jess’ last Christmas at home before moving out.

9) Which Christmas song makes you Cringe?

My answer to this question isn’t so much about the song itself, but this particular rendition of it. In actual fact it happens to be one of my favourite Christmas songs. However, Tom Jones and Cerys Matthew’s version of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is the worst version of the song I have ever heard. Not only is the singing not great, but the whole setting of an underground lair is just so cringe!

10) If you could be a Character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why? 

Cameron Diaz in The Holiday! Not only is she rich, talented, and gorgeous, but she also gets Jude Law.

Ruth’s Questions

1) Who is your favourite person to buy presents for?

Probably because he’s the person I spend most of my time with, but I really enjoy buying presents for my boyfriend! He’s sort of the exception to boys being really difficult to buy for. I think as well because our budget for each other is usually higher than it would be for other people, I get a lot more freedom. If things weren’t so restricted this year, it would’ve been amazing to have bought him tickets to something or paid for an experience for the two of us. But there’s always next year I suppose haha.

2) What is your favourite Christmas tradition and why?

In our family we’ve always opened stockings first thing in the morning and then tree presents in the afternoon at about 3:30pm. I love this tradition of ours because it makes the presents last all day. Plus, we take it in turns to open our tree presents so that we can all see what we’ve received. I personally think that’s so much nicer than tearing open all the presents in one go.

My Questions

1) Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

2) Which celebrity would you love to spend Christmas with?

My Nominees

Michelle from Boomer Eco Crusader:

Emily from Emily Gabriella:

Ellie-M from Ticking the List:

Claire from Short Girl Walking:

Naomi from Naomi Rowan:

Tom from The Doubting Thomas:

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