The Christmas Tag: My favourite Christmas memories and traditions

Holidays are coming!

It doesn’t matter how old you get, Christmas is always the most magical time of year. Even if you’ve aged into a bit of a scrooge, it only take the sounds of kids singing carols, a beautiful light switch on or a busy market to fill you with some of that good, old-fashioned festive cheer.

Next week we’re off to the Christmas markets in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff (to celebrate my big 2-7!) so I’ll be buzzing for four days straight. In the meantime, I’m getting stuck into the Christmas tag that has stormed the Blogosphere. Do share some of your own favourite Christmas memories too!

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

I love Christmas movies! From the classics, such as Santa Claus The Movie and It’s A Wonderful Life, to the more recent comedies, such as Elf and Fred Claus, I’ll watch them all. I listed my top ten in a past post here.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or on Christmas morning?

Always Christmas morning, never before. Although some of my family are going away for Christmas this year, so I might ‘have’ to open some on an early pre-Christmas Day.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

I just fondly remember the traditions when I was little – waking up super early, bouncing on beds, opening presents in my ‘stocking’ (pillow case) on my parents’ bed before going downstairs and opening the rest. Then my grandparents coming over to take us to my aunt’s house for more presents while my parents cooked dinner. And playing with our new toys in the afternoon. Simple pleasures.

Two years ago I had the pleasure of being in London just before Christmas and I was amazed at the lights. I’d love to be able to spend more time there at Christmas and ice skate.

harrods christmas lights

Oh, I almost forgot! A few years ago we had Christmas at a family friend’s house and I got to drive a tractor! It was brilliant! And it was a red one like my grandad used to have. That was pretty awesome.

driving a red tractor on christmas day

4. Favourite festive food?

The best part of Christmas dinner is the stuff you don’t normally get with other roasts in the year – honeyed parsnips, pigs in blankets, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Mmmm. You also can’t beat a Christmas pasty when you’re Christmas shopping!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

I’ve had loads of memorable gifts over the years – my first CD player, my first bluray player, the complete Friends boxset, last year’s Radley watch and this year’s (early, I know!) camera. Bit spoilt!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Christmas dinner cooking. Yummers!

7. Do you have any Christmas eve traditions?

In recent years it’s been a quiet night in with a film – after making him watch It’s A Wonderful Life (which he didn’t like), the boyfriend picked the alternative Christmas film Die Hard last year before a Downey double bill – Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

When I was younger I would watch my grandad sing in the choir and go and see the Mousehole lights with my gran. Even now I have to go and see the lights at some point pre-Christmas – buses are a bit of a bugger on Christmas Eve these days.

mousehole christmas lights

8. What tops your tree?

As a kid it was always an angel. When I moved in with the boyfriend I bought a Tatty Teddy angel which we use (we have a bigger tree now).

tatty teddy christmas tree topper

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I always got what I wanted – sorry not sorry! I never asked for anything massively extravagant, as far as I’m aware. My mum reads these posts so she might correct me…

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Nearly two weeks off work fully paid! Definite perk! Plus the movies, snuggling up inside, presents (not gonna lie!), being able to eat loads of food without feeling guilty, pretty window displays and catching up with people you don’t always see that often through the year. Also, over the last couple of years I have liked going to Truro for the City of Lights parade. It’s the night they switch the lights on and the first late night shopping – fun! I’m heading up with my mum again on Wednesday – pics coming soon! It’s really lovely. There’s a different theme each year and it’s like Mazey Day, only with pretty lights.

christmas window display

truro city of lights parade

Here’s to a great Christmas! What are your plans this year? Myself and the boyfriend are having a quiet day at home on The Big Day with my brother and nephew joining us for dinner. Can’t wait!

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