Happy Christmas Eve book lovers!
I hope you’re all fully geared up and prepared for the festive season. I’ve been prepping for the big day tomorrow (I’m hosting) by doing plenty of baking, drinking a couple of glasses of mulled wine and eating my own body weight in treat sized chocolate.
Having got pretty much there by way of preparations, I thought it would be nice to share a festive tag with you all. I first saw this as a video on Simon Savidge’s channel but it originates with Liv over at The Book Nook and it sounded like a lot of fun so, without further ado, settle down, grab a cuppa and lets get festive!
1. Favourite Christmas movie?
The Muppet Christmas Carol, hands down. I’ll be watching it later. I’ve also got a soft spot for Arthur Christmas and no festive season is complete without a re-watch of Die Hard.
2. Favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Most depressing Christmas song ever but proof that, if you throw enough folk music and accordions at something, it instantly cheers everyone up.
3. Favourite Christmas television?
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol. As Edmund Blackadder would say, “I trust Christmas brings to you its traditional mix of good food and violent stomach cramp.”
4. Favourite Christmas book?
The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien. Yes, I know there’s nothing Christmassy about it but I usually start my annual re-read of The Lord of the Rings around Christmas so now I associate the first book with the festive season. Plus it starts with a massive party, lots of food and much merriment which does seem seasonally appropriate.
5. Favourite Christmas season snack?
Mince pies. Especially the Salted Caramel ones from Aldi. They’re delicious.
6. Favourite Christmas Day food?
I adore sage and onion stuffing. No roast dinner is complete without it.
7. Favourite Christmas Decoration?
It’s hard to pick one as I’ve got some lovely memories on my tree. If I had to choose, it would be the one my grandparents bought me when for my first Christmas that says ‘Nothing like a granddaughter to light the world at Christmas’ and is dated 1985 – it reminds me of my family and, especially, of my wonderful and much missed Granddad.
8. What is your favourite part of Christmas?
Having some time off to spend with my nearest and dearest – it’s a season when everyone seems to remember how important it is to make time for those around them.
9. Tell us about your favourite Christmas tradition that you or your family have.
Stocking presents! We open our presents after breakfast but the day always starts with opening a present from Santa in your stocking (which is, of course, at the foot of the bed) and the present is usually something relatively small and fun – like a puzzle or novelty book. Then it’s downstairs for tea and bagels before we commence the rest of the unwrapping.
10. Any new traditions you’d like to start?
I’ve gotten into the habit of hosting a fish pie supper on Christmas Eve for my mum, my husband and I before heading to the First Communion of Christmas – which is very much a thing of recent years as opposed to something I’ve done since childhood. I’m currently trying to persuade the long-suffering husband to partake in the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or Yule Book Flood, where you give books on Christmas Eve and spend the evening reading them – he is yet to be convinced.
11. What’s the most memorable gift you’ve been given?
Probably the beautifully illustrated copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that my Mum bought me. She also got me a gorgeous hardback illustrated The Velveteen Rabbit, which is very special too. And my husband bought me a Folio edition of Pride and Prejudice last year. I treasure all of them as they remind me of Christmas and my loved ones when I read them.
12. Have you ever re-gifted something at Christmas?
Yes, but only because I thought it would be perfect for the person in question and completely wasted on me.
13. Do you prefer lots of little presents or one big one?
Lots of little presents most definitely. Especially if they are book-shaped.
14. What are you most excited about for Christmas this year?
Having a few days to put my feet up and chill out with family and friends – and a few good books, of course!
Before I sign off for the festive season, I did also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed or supported the blog in 2017. However you’re celebrating and wherever you are, I hope you all have a wonderful bookish Christmas. I’ll be back before New Year with my Books of the Year list but, until then…
Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!