In 3 days!!! If you haven’t got in the Christmas spirit yet this is definitely the time to do so. The lovely Jenni over at Chilling With Lucas as asked me to answer a few Christmas related questions and I of course, jumped at the opportunity to share with you all some of the things I love about Christmas and also some of our family traditions.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
It really has to be Home Alone because I remember watching it on repeat with my sister every Christmas. So much so I think we broke the VHS tape (do you remember VHS?). Made us laugh lots everytime we watched it.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I don’t think I have but I would love to one day.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
We split Christmas and New Year between Portugal and UK so that we can spend the holidays with both parts of the family. In fact New Year just becomes another Christmas because we wait to be all together to give and receive gifts. This year we are spending Christmas in Portugal and New Years in the UK.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
This is quite a hard question to answer. I think my favourite Christmas song is Wham – Last Christmas. I loved watching the video and even know everytime it comes on the radio I can’t help but sing along to it.
Saying that, in recent years I have become a fan of Bubble at Christmas and we always play his Christmas album.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
In Portugal the tradition is still to open Christmas gifts on Christmas eve. Everyone, including babies and Children, stay up until past midnight to open their gifts. Some people open them when they come back from midnight mass. They tell children Santa came while they were in church. Since having kids, stopped opening gifts on Christmas eve and now do it on Christmas Morning.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I have no idea to be honest. I know Rudolph! The others are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen according to Google.
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Spending time with family and having the kids all together causing mischief because they have such a blast when they get together with their cousins. It’s madness but it’s also great.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Used to be real but then we became lazy and was always a faff to get rid of it one Christmas was over so now we have a lovely fake one.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
The portuguese equivalent to Crème brûlée and Rabanadas which is a kind of a french toast with a sugar, cinnamon and Port wine syrup. Most people don’t make them with the syrup but this is how my nan used to make them and before she passed away she taught my mum how to do it so she makes it every year for us. Hopefully this Christmas my mum can show me how to make it so I can properly record it.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
I like both but I really love giving presents. Once I find the perfect gift I really struggle to keep it a secret.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
I really don’t know. I have had some really great and thoughtful gifts over the years but I can’t really say which was the best.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Oh dear, I was dreading this question because it’s going to make me sound like the dullest person ever but I just like spending Christmas at home. I like it that it’s cold and spending it with all the family and all the traditions that surround the season.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m not too bad. My mum is amazing so I have learnt from the best.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
I think I hold Christmas memories from when I was a child very dear because it was great. I have quite a big family so it was always great fun getting together with my cousins and playing until the early hours of the morning. More recently though, when I was pregnant with my first child. We attended midnight mass with my parents and sister at the church we got married and it was truly magical.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don’t remember but I think it was at school. Is one of those things kids tell each other I think.
What makes the holidays special for you?
My family for sure and since the kids have come along definitely them. Seeing their excitement and happiness takes me back to when I was a kid and I love it.
There you have it. My Christmas in a nutshell.