I was tagged by the wonderful Nicole in this and am overjoyed to have been chosen by her. Her blog and twitter feed are absolutely amazing and she has been writing amazingly about her struggles with chronic physical illness and mental illness as well, so if you want to read a blog that is honest, brave and open about illness please do check out her blog. She also happens to be a very supportive and kind person on social media, so her Twitter feed is well worth checking out too.
For Christmas, Nicole is blogging about various topics and I loved reading her thoughts on the Christmas period and what it means to her, so check out her original post with the below questions here.
1. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
I like both! There’s nice pleasure that comes from giving gifts particularly when you’ve really put some thought into it and the person you’re giving a present too appreciates it; but receiving gifts is lovely too as it makes you feel wanted and again if the person has put some thought into it you can really tell.
2. Do you make and stick to new year’s resolutions?
I have never made resolutions for the new year as I think it’s a waste of time and I have never been someone who likes to stick to plans without any manoeuvre. The way I see it, you’ve just kicked off a new year and are no doubt feeling bad about yourself because you’ve overeaten at Christmas, so now you’re going to make yourself feel like you have to exercise, quit drinking and change your life completely. All this is going to do though is make me feel worse about myself and starting the year off like this is shit. Instead, enjoy the new year and do what makes you happy.
3. Have you ever made a snowman?
Yes, when I was a kid and it snowed I made a snowman with my parents in out back garden. We even put a carrot on its nose as well!
4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake, and what theme do you prefer?
My family have always had fake trees so I don’t know what a real tree is like to have. I wouldn’t want one inside but I’ve always quite liked the idea of having a real one outside.
5. Most memorable holiday moment?
Not one particular one but rather just the excitement I would get waking up in the morning of Christmas day and hearing my dad asking whether I wanted to open my presents yet (this was usually around 6 am, which my mum didn’t enjoy!)
6. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Eating the Christmas meal! Aside from that, the highlight will obviously be seeing my family and particularly my niece. She’s just starting to get too an age when she can tell it’s a special time and where she can appreciate presents, so I’m looking forward to seeing her open them.
7. What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?
When I was 8, my parents bought me a PlayStation 1 and the original Spyro trilogy of games to go with it (the newest one had been released that year) and I can still see the original purple box with Spyro’s face on it when I think back to Christmas. This was the first time I took notice of video games and shaped a lot of my early childhood growing up.
8. What are your favourite holiday foods?
I really don’t like a lot of Christmas based food! Mince Pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding have always been disgusting to me. That said, I do really like Stollen which is Christmassy and I love Yule Logs (it’s a thick chocolate cake, filled with chocolate cream, what’s not to love!)
9. What is your favourite Christmas film.
Die Hard. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t think it’s a Christmas film, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s set at Christmas and John Mclean even says “Ho, Ho, Ho” so what more could you want?! To satisfy others though, I will say I love Elf, Muppets Christmas Carol and Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Most Christmas films are too sentimental for me but those are ones that I find embrace it well and treat the holiday season as it should be.
10. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Sufjan Stevens is someone who’s music I really like and while I haven’t listened to a lot of his Christmas songs I love his version of “Once in Royal David’s City”.
11. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Seeing my niece and spending time with her is my new favourite thing to do. Having time off work is a close second!
12. What would be your dream place to visit at Christmas time?
Canada or Switzerland. Both places I’d love to visit any time of the year to be honest.
13. Who do you spend Christmas with?
My family, which right now is my mum, two sisters, brother in law and niece. Obviously I used to be with my dad as well which is what makes Christmas hard now being without him, but we remember him at this time of year as best we can.
14. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Usually now, once we enter December!
15. You have one Christmas wish – what will it be?
That my Dad and Niece could meet.