THE (SPLODZ BLOGZ) CHRISTMAS TAG

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After getting super serious in my last Weekly Blog before Christmas (read Episode 49 here), I thought I’d lighten the mood a little today by writing a very bloggy blog. Enter the (Splodz Blogz) Christmas Tag… 20 quick questions on Christmas traditions.

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The tag premise is very simple… I’ve put together a list of twenty Christmas-related questions; I give you my answers, and you give me yours. Enjoy!

The (Splodz Blogz) Christmas Tag | The Questions

  1. Do you have an Advent calendar this year?
  2. Is your Christmas tree real or artificial?
  3. Are your Christmas lights one colour or multicoloured?
  4. Does your tree have a theme?
  5. Do you put lights up outside?
  6. What is your favourite Christmas film?
  7. What is your favourite Christmas carol or song?
  8. Do you get time off work at Christmas? Is it ‘free’ or do you have to book it as annual leave?
  9. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
  10. What does a traditional Christmas Day look like for you?
  11. How will your Christmas Day differ this year (because 2020…)?
  12. What do you typically wear on Christmas Day?
  13. What’s on your Christmas Day 2020 menu? Breakfast, lunch and dinner…
  14. What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner?
  15. What is your favourite Christmas sweet treat?
  16. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
  17. What is the gift you are most excited to give this year?
  18. Is Boxing Day a walking day for you?
  19. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  20. If you could make one Christmas wish, what would it be?

The (Splodz Blogz) Christmas Tag | My Answers

01. Do you have an Advent calendar this year?

Yes. My mother-in-law kindly refills a reusable Advent Calendar for me each year, which means I get a surprise sweet treat every day in December. This year I’ve had Mars Bars, Lindt Lindor balls, Percy Pigs, Maoam Blocks, jelly dinosaurs, and lots more. Yum!

Splodz Blogz | Advent Calendars

02. Is your Christmas tree real or artificial?

We have two artificial trees, a large one for the lounge and a small fibre optic one for the dining room. In all honesty, the large one that we normally cover in lights and baubles is still in the loft. It just didn’t seem like something we wanted this year. The small one is out, though, and I do like the lights.

I love the idea of a real tree but my allergies just can’t deal with one indoors, so I have a fir tree growing in a pot in the front garden instead, and I look forward to the day it’s big enough to decorate properly!

03. Are your Christmas lights one colour or multicoloured?

Our main tree lights are one colour. A warm white. I did order some multi coloured ones to go outside but it turned out Argos lied and they didn’t actually have any to send me.

04. Does your tree have a theme?

I’m afraid so. My baubles are all silver or bright green, which I think looks very festive and a touch classy. I’ve never gotten into buying souvenir baubles or anything like that, I’m happy reusing the same ones each time. My favourites are the stripy candy canes and the silver bells. Although obviously I didn’t bother at all this year so maybe that says something about my theming!

05. Do you put lights up outside?

I have a string of white lights on the afore mentioned potted fir tree by my front door. I would have more except the ones I ordered didn’t arrive. I must make sure I get more for next year.

06. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Anything Christmas Carol, it’s such a great story. The Muppets version is obviously the best one, but I’m happy with any and all iterations, from the classics to the spoofs.

07. What is your favourite Christmas carol or song?

I love Christmas Carols and music, and have thoroughly been enjoying some of the different arrangements Scala Radio have been playing this month. As I write this they’re playing Andrea Bocelli singing God Bless Us Everyone, which is actually the film score to the reasonably recent Disney version of A Christmas Carol (the one with Jim Carey). I had no idea until three minutes ago that it had words! You learn something new every day.

My favourite Carol is probably In the Bleak Midwinter, or maybe O Little Town of Bethlehem (not Forrest Green, the other tune), and my favourite Christmas song is probably Somewhere in my Memory, written by John Williams for Home Alone.

08. Do you get time off work at Christmas? Is it ‘free’ or do you have to book it as annual leave?

I’m fortunate that my work closes between Christmas and New Year and we all get given that on top of our annual leave. It is so good having that guaranteed break, and boy do I need it this year. Let’s not talk about the fact that I do have a work meeting on 30th anyway, but you know, apart from that!

09. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Growing up with Salvation Army Officers as parents, Christmas Day was a working day, and so yes, we were always allowed to open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. As an adult I don’t, though, I can be patient and wait for Christmas morning, or even Boxing Day if that’s when we’re meeting family.

This year, though, I’m taking part in a Jokabolaflod with some of my Comms Unplugged friends, which means I have a present especially for Christmas Eve. This Icelandic tradition is about giving a gift of a book and some chocolate to be enjoyed on Christmas Eve. I received Around the World in 80 Novels, by Henry Russell, which is the perfect mix of inspiration for both travel and reading for the coming year, along with some Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, which is right up my street.

Splodz Blogz | Around the World in 80 Novels

10. What does a traditional Christmas Day look like for you?

Christmas Day was always “work” for my mum and dad, and as kids we would of course spend it with them. We’d have a Church service in the morning, we’d then travel around delivering parcels and collecting people to come to the Church for dinner, would help serve the meal and maybe provide some musical entertainment, and would help clear up before heading home to relax in the evening.

We didn’t miss out, not in the slightest; our family Christmas was always a Boxing Day affair, but it looks just what I imagine most other people’s Christmas Days to look like. We get together for Christmas dinner, then we’re allowed to open our presents, which we do one by one, we will go for a short walk, we might play a board game or build/play with toys, there will be more food at teatime, and then we’ll veg in front of the television.

Actually, our family Christmas Day is still a Boxing Day event, I can’t imagine it not being.

Since I met my husband I’ve spent Christmas Day with his family, which is very similar and means we get two full Christmasses every year. Things are naturally different now we have nieces and nephews, but it’s really not that different to when we were growing up. I think Christmas traditions are one of those strange things that are timeless in many ways.

11. How will your Christmas Day differ this year (because 2020…)?

We are still travelling to Lincolnshire, but clearly can’t have two full Christmas Days with both families this year, so it will be a much lower key celebration. We’ll spend the day with my mother-in-law; there will be food, presents, hopefully a walk, and probably a film or two. We’ll also drop of presents at my family, although the rules mean we can’t meet them properly. It’s going to be a bit weird, isn’t it? I’m glad we’re still able to do something, but am still disappointed we’ve not managed to curb the pandemic enough to have anything more than one day with limited people (read Weekly Blog Episode 49).

12. What do you typically wear on Christmas Day?

I don’t stay in my pyjamas, but I also don’t dress up… I wear something that is certified comfortable, stretchy, and warm. Probably some walking trousers and a knitted sweater.

13. What’s on your Christmas Day 2020 menu? Breakfast, lunch and dinner…

I’m not doing the menu (or the cooking), but I am anticipating roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a choice of puddings for our main Christmas Day dinner. And then in the evening, a smorgasbord of salady bits, bread, meat and sweet treats. It is a ridiculous amount of food, isn’t it?  

14. What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner?

The veg… I do like a colourful meal, and Christmas Day dinner is certainly that – I like that it’s not just one or two different veg, it’s lots! I am also rather partial to a Yorkshire Pudding or two, if they’re available.

15. What is your favourite Christmas sweet treat?

Mince pies. With custard. Followed by anything speculaas. And maybe some honey or caramel nuts. Also Turkish Delight, and those candied orange and lemon slices you only see at Christmas. Thank you please.

Splodz Blogz | Mince Pies

16. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Oh that’s a hard one. As a child I would say my mountain bike, as a teenager a camera, and as an adult I’ve been very fortunate to have been given some really fun and memorable experiences I have thoroughly enjoyed.

17. What is the gift you are most excited to give this year?

I didn’t think this question through… I clearly can’t answer it fully as I’ve not done the giving yet, so I’ll have to be vague. I reckon the brown paper package heading to my mum is pretty spot on, I think my sister and her family will have fun with the book I bought them to share, and hope that what I chose for my husband is the right one!

18. Is Boxing Day a walking day for you?

Kind of… we do normally have a family walk as part of our Christmas Day traditions, but it’s not a day walk day for me. I’ll make use of some of the limbo period for walking, I’m sure – pray for some good winter sunshine!

19. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Oh how I miss being able to travel! Christmas in Europe is pretty special, with our spiced drinks and festive markets. But I reckon if I could go anywhere it would be over to New Zealand to experience a summertime Christmas. Or, for snow, Whistler. Please?

20. If you could make one Christmas wish, what would it be?

This Christmas I think our collective wish is surely that we can rid the world of this ghastly pandemic and get on with some kind of normality, or at least a new version of normal that involves everyone taking what they’ve learnt over the last nine months and doing something with it. I wish for health, happiness and hill views.

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2 Responses

  1. roddiegrant

    Hi Zoe, thinking about my own answers to these questions has been a pleasant diversion over the last few days. I’ve put them at blog.myword.co.uk/life/the-miscellany-christmas-tag/

    In case WordPress strips out the link, in longhand it’s blog dot myword dot co dot uk

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