christmas tag

hello ella
to get you lovely readers (and myself) into the festive spirit as December will soon be upon us, i've decided to take part in Hello Ella's Christmas Tag - i'll be answering some questions about all things Christmas-y, you can take part too but be sure to mention Ella (@ohhelloella) to say you've taken part in spreading some xmas joy.

What time of the year do you start your Christmas shopping?
i am so un-organised, so i don't have a set weekend or time of the year, i literally just buy gifts as and when i see them or pretty much last minute. i've also never really been able to afford much (which gets quite depressing) but this year i intend to go a little crazy.. you lucky relatives.

Do you have any festive recipes for food or drink you limit solely to the Christmas season to share?
oh yes, there are some things that can only be enjoyed in the festive season such as mulled wine, i found a great recipe here, it leaves a beautiful smell throughout the house and tastes beautiful. forrero rocher's are exclusively a christmas day treat (otherwise i'd ruin them by pigging out on them throughout the year).

Tell me how Christmas goes down in your home
it's pretty relaxed in our house, we wake up (probably too early because of the excitement) make breakfast and wait for everyone in the household to get together, obviously open our presents first, once that's over we get the dinner going. the whole day is pretty laid back, helping ourselves to tea/alcahol and enjoy the company.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
up until now i haven't, but now that i have a family of my own, Matt and i will probably start some sort of tradition (i hope). this will be Corben's first christmas and we'll be spending it with M's family in Essex but what i imagine for the future is that when we have our own house, we can invite all the relatives over the christmas week and enjoy merriment around the kitchen table, drinking copious amounts of wine and food.
Do you have a favourite festive coffee?
this weeked i tried the Black Forest Hot Chocolate at Costa, which was so delicious, definitely my new fave.. for now.
What's your favourite Christmas song?
oh don't get me started, i like them all but i must say my favourite is Nat King Cole - Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
What do you do on Christmas Eve?
every year is different, we're normally travelling to a relatives or a friend's house who we're spending christmas day with. last year we were in South Cornwall (Penzance, to be exact) with our lovely family friend Ruth in her large abode, which was such a treat to get away. i was pregnant at the time as well so i drank lots of orange juice and tried not to eat too much chocolate
What's your Christmas wrapping strategy? Do you have a strategy?
slowly remove tag and open card, then ripp it to shreds
What's your dream gift this year?
my dream gift would be a sewing machine, but i'm not too bothered about the presents because it will be Corben's first christmas and i'll be with Matt, seeing them happy and enjoying their presents will be the best gift that day.
Describe your Christmas tree. How tall? Real or artificial? How is it decorated?
i think we've had the same fake christmas tree for the last 10 years, and it's getting on the sparse side but last year we pushed the boat out and got a short *real* tree, which was so cute. i put lots of tinsel around it, with a selection of silver, red and snow baubles and of course fairy lights, it was simple but effective. we also have a selection of disney characters that hang up, which we use every year, but unfortunately over the years many of them have broke, so we're left with minnie & mickey and a couple others. i dream to have a massive tree in the future (again when we have our own house), i imagine we'd spend a whole evening decorating it and lifting Corben up to put the fairy on the top... i'm getting carried away here.
Do you decorate just the tree or other areas of your house e.g. windows, bannisters?
i like to make the whole house look festive, with fake snow on the bottom of the windows and sticky snowflakes. scented candles dotted around, singing snowmen, the only thing missing is an open fire.
What do you wear to Christmas parties and what do you wear on Christmas day?
i think the last christmas party i went to was when i was 14 and if i remember correctly i went as a fairy. as for the big day i try to be as festive as possible: santa's hat, reindeer ears you name it. i also love red so you'll probably see me wearing that (last year i stayed in my red reindeer fleece pj's from primark). unfortunately i don't have any fashion ideas for christmas parties as i'm not popular enough to get invited to any (boohoo) maybe i'll throw one? it would be gatsby themed of course.

that's enough merriment for now my darlings, i hope to be sharing lots more christmas related posts in the near future. as for now follow me over on twitter & bloglovin'

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