I stole this tag from Sarah at Run, Jump, Scrap. You can check out her answers here. I thought it was a festive post, perfect for Boxing Day. I hope you’re having a truly lovely Christmas with lots of fun, festivities (wine/gin/beer/*insert other alcohol here*), and as little crying/tantrums from the small ones as humanly possible.
I hope you enjoy reading about Christmas Educating Roversi style! Merry Christmas!
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Ooooh difficult. I wouldn’t say there is any Christmas film I love. I enjoy The Grinch and Elf, Home Alone (which I haven’t seen for years actually!) and Arthur Christmas is quite good! This year, Little L and I watched The Snowman on Christmas Eve and he was enchanted by it.
To be honest, pre-children, one of my favourite things about Christmas was all the films on TV. I love cuddling up on the sofa in new PJ’s and watching great films.
Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Not that I remember…apparently there was one in the late 80’s when I was very young but if I don’t remember it, it doesn’t count! Ha ha! The snow usually appears in January which I’m not really complaining about as there is the possibility of a snow day at work. I don’t think we need snow to feel festive.
Where do you usually spend your holidays?
Since having Little L we’ve spent Christmas at home with my Mum (Janma) and her partner John (Johndad). It seems a shame to give the kids presents then drag them away from them so they can’t play with them. We usually try and have an hour at the pub where we see other family and this year we also haD my FIL, my husbands Grandad and my (kind of) step sister and her fiancé too so there was NINE of us! It was busy, chaotic and I didn’t sit down till gone 9:30 but it was fun 🙂
In years gone by, I would take it in turns to be at my Mums or Dads. The joys of divorced parents! But I got two piles of presents so my childlike mind didn’t care!
What is your favourite Christmas song?
‘Fairytale of New York’ reminds me of being in the local working men’s club (that we now leave opposite!) on Christmas Eve with my best friends and old school mates that we always bumped into. Drunk, happy, singing and dancing.
I also love singing so Mariah’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ is a firm favourite for me. No, I can’t hit every note but hey, it’s fun!
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Well Santa brings them so how would you? I was never allowed to open anything as a child, even presents from friends at school. I let L open his Secret Santa from the NCT group but I’ve not let him see any others he’s been given by family and friends so he’s not tempted….oh apart from one I left out by accident this year and he was tearing into within seconds. I learnt my lesson!
Note: Little L does have a Christmas Eve box but that’s not from Santa.
We went to see the reindeer at the Christmas Tree place this year. My sister told Little L the reindeer was called Blitzen, he shouted “RICHARD!”
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Just the usual really: the three F’s! Family, food and festivities. New traditions beginning with Little L like Pantomime, Christmas Eve Boxes and Elf on the Shelf, anything fun that makes this time of year more magical for him.
Fake. I’m a little OCD with certain things so I enjoy the even shape of a fake tree and the lack of mess. Sad but true. In fact, for me the only good thing about a real one is the smell but surely someone has invented a PlugIn for that now haven’t they? Or a Yankee Candle?
I actually let Little L help decorate our tree…many were shocking, knowing my OCD nature.
What is your favourite holiday treat/sweet/food?
Ha ha! All of it! It’s the only time of year my fridge and cupboards so stocked the the point of breaking. I’m such a savoury snacker (when I’m not dieting which is all the time!) so I love the crisps, peanuts, pork pies, sausage rolls, twiglets…not forgetting actually Christmas Dinner. To me, Christmas isn’t successful unless you sit on the sofa at 9pm feeling truly stuffed.
I do love the traditional Panettone we are given from my FIL but this year it’s a lemon one, which I’m not a fan of, so I’ll a little gutted about that.
Be honest, do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
Honestly both, who doesn’t love the odd present? But I enjoy getting people things I know they’ll like and seeing our son’s fave when he opens his presents that he loves. Since having Little L I don’t really feel like I ever need much.
What is the best Christmas present that you have ever received?
I don’t think there is one specific gift I can think of. Three years ago we had our 12wk scan on the 19th December and it was so lovely telling people at Christmas.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
No where warm. As much as I love sunny climes, Christmas equals the cold. I’d love to take L to visit Santa in Lapland. That would be magical.
Are you a pro wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I used to love wrapping! I’d spend hours sat on the floor, surrounded by paper, ribbons, bows and sellotape. I’d take time making each one look pretty but now I don’t have any of that time to spend doing such things. By the time I’ve got our son to bed I haven’t got much attention span. They still look nice but not as fancy as the years pre-baby.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
More recently, Little Roversi’s first Christmas. He was 6 months old and we’d just started weaning. He LOVED his first Christmas dinner! In years gone by, the last with my Dad. All the adults got drunk and stood on chairs singing ABBA. It’s a good lasting memory.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
My older brother. I don’t remember how or why, my mum told me that he’d spoilt the magic for me. Rude!
What makes the holidays special for you?
The quality family time. Seeing everyone together with smiles on their faces, having fun and being nice to each other!