The lovely Maggie nominated me for this and in the spirit of Christmas I thought I’d give it a go. Be prepared – boring answers are inevitable as my inner Grinch is wrestling with my chest infection and ill health vs my want to enjoy Xmas!
The Christmas Tag
- What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
There are a lot of potential negatives with Christmas; expectations, money worries, depression, loneliness, arguments, etc. However, there are positives even in the dark times, so if I can find them then hopefully anyone else feeling the Grinch creep in can too. Pretty lights, a more relaxed atmosphere at times, seeing smiles from those I’ve bought thoughtful (even if not amazing) gifts for, drinking being socially acceptable at any time of the day (10am Christmas morning whiskey, anyone?), sharing love and compassion, and it’s a good excuse to get in touch with people you may not have been in contact with for a while, even if just for a quick social media message.
- What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
Perhaps when we had a fondue – everyone overdosed on cheese and had a cheese hangover into Boxing Day. Cheese was off the menu for quite some time after that day.
- Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
Depends on what you mean by traditions. I badger everyone – my folks and my 39-yr old brother – to get up early so we can open presents before the turkey goes in the oven. I’ll have the first drink after my morning cuppa and arguments usually ensue by 10.30. Where the day goes from there is currently uncertain this year!
- What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
I think that good health for everyone is too far in the wishful thinking column, but that really would be ideal. The next unrealistic wish is to get a golden retriever, who I have already named, you know, just in case. A semi-realistic wish? Perhaps that the government in the UK are able to revamp their approach to the NHS in order to rebuild and strengthen our strained healthcare system.
- What’s your favorite Christmas dish?
The Christmas day roast tops the list – Turkey, mashed potato, peas/carrots/broccoli, roasties, croquettes, and whiskey (the latter to drink, not used as gravy, though I wouldn’t say no to giving that a try).
Dessert is some kind of caramel cheesecake. Nom nom 🙂
- What’s your favorite Christmas decoration?
I actually have this little teddy in a red chair that I was given as a child. Despite him being over 25 years old and suffering a dislocated hip, I love him very much and always have him where I can see him at Christmas.
- What’s your favorite Christmas song?
There aren’t many I can listen to without wanting to fork my eyes out, but for some reason I do find Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas quite listen-able.
- Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
There’s no place like home… Though if I had tickets to a warmer climate I’d certainly go there to celebrate Christmas instead!
- What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
I’m not religious and I don’t believe in God, so Christmas for me is a purely social convention with personal meaning from childhood attached. I would say the spirit of Christmas is about compassion, giving and considering those less well off or struggling; it’s about compassion, and the appreciation for what you have and those you love.
- Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?
My much wished-after golden retriever, Finn. Forget crazy cat lady, I’m going to end up being a crazy invisible dog lady!
If you would like to do this tag, please feel free as I’d love to hear your answers! 🙂