I need to speak to you about Christmas things.
I usually neglect posting about holidays because I’m a) unorganised at the time, b) usually in denial of said holidays because I find them stressful, and c) forgetful. BUT. It’s Christmas! It deserves a post and Emily and Ana have ensured that by tagging for the Christmas Tag.
There are rules and, as is tradition, I will ignore them.
– Post the picture on your blog.
– Answer the questions.
– Tag up to 12 bloggers.
– Make up 10 questions for the other bloggers.
Because I’ve been tagged twice, I’ll pick and choose from the 20 questions I have.
What is your favourite Christmas treat?
You uneducated Americans. They are glorious fruity pies like this:
Mince Pies are a British Christmas tradition that can be traced back to the 13th century when the Brits stole the concept from the Middle East (that’s how all recipes get famous: thievery). Of course, back then there was ACTUAL meat in them. Fruit and meat and spices. That is so not okay. These days, it’s fruit and spices and pastry with sugar on top. Mini fruity pies!
These are the reason there is Christmas.
Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas?
We used to have many…like setting up Christmas lights on the 22nd of November and putting the tree up on the 1st of December and having an Advent calendar, etc. etc.
Now we have just one. We eat White Chocolate Ice Cream Christmas Trees AND IT IS NOT CHRISTMAS until this has been done.
Here are my niece and nephew demonstrating how to consume these wonderful creations:
How do you normally celebrate Christmas?
This is an excellent question that has no exact answer. We are an indecisive family therefore we celebrate differently all the time.
Christmas Day usually looks like: A delicious Christmas breakfast of fruit and sometimes homemade pretzels and probably bacon (because: bacon). If there are extended family over, the smallest minions open a present. Then church. Then air-conditioning. Then lunch preparation. Then presents. Then a delicious cacophony of food. Then…I actually have no idea. Nothing is very important after we’ve had the glorious meal.
Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family? Do you buy your gifts or go the homemade route?
I am a terrible awful gift-giver. Oh I want to give awesome presents, but I never get organised and I always feel I got the wrong presents and…no. No, I do not enjoy gift-giving at all.
Is it cold where you live? Have you ever had a white Christmas?
BAH HA HA.
The weather could be anywhere from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius on Christmas Day. (That’s in the 100s Fahrenheit.) It wouldn’t be Christmas without the smell of air-conditioning and sleeveless tee shirts and ice cream!
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
We have a big family so we have a Secret Santa sort of deal. We draw names from the virtual hat and buy for one person. I request books. Everyone ignores me. But Mime (my smallest sister) has me and she’s absolutely gleeful and I’m absolutely terrified.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
I do love the Piano Guys.
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
I DON’T HAVE A MEMORY.
I literally have no idea. I recall being very pleased last year when Mime bought me Paper Town and my parents gave me a whole jar of peanut butter. I have the best parental units in the world.
1. What does your Christmas Tree look like?
2. What are you reading in December? (Anything festive?)
3. Are you an organised little elf or are you still shopping/preparing on Christmas Eve?
4. How early do you start to get into the Christmas spirit?
5. Do you make any Christmas crafts? Decorations? Send physical Christmas cards?
6. What’s the menu for Christmas Day?!
7. What makes it FEEL like Christmas for you? (Weather, specific tradition, food, smell, person, etc.?)
8. Do you have relatives coming? Excited? Nervous?
9. What famous Christmas character do you most identify with? (Scrooge, Elf, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, Santa, etc.)
10. If you were to start a new Christmas tradition, what would it be?
Tagging people is really hard! I don’t know if you like doing tags or have done it before or don’t have time…etc. SO. Cheerfully ignore me if you wish! And if I didn’t tag you, you’re most welcome to do this anyway.
Lydia @ Planet Lydia (come oooon, do it) || Kelly @ Diva Booknerd || Mel and Celine @ YA Midnight Reads || Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight || Lisa @ Gods Daughter 4 Ever || Kayla @ The Thousand Lives || Kat @ Almost Completely Mad || Lola @ Lola’s Reviews || Adriana @ Adriana Gabrielle Writes
you know what question i’m going to ask, but i’m asking anyway! huzzah! favourite christmas food?!! do you make anything weird and wacky with an interesting history? (like my mince pies?) tell all in the comments!
Cait really truly adores fruit mince. Pie, peoples, PIE. She may or may not have had her small niece yelling “pick me up, Ate!” to which Cait/Ate calmly rolled out pastry and replied, “I love you but pie is more important in my life right now.” (Her Dean Winchester is showing.) Currently she’s reading Avenger comics.