Although I am grateful for the nominations and awards other fine bloggers bestow upon me, I don’t normally carry through the questions part. But it is Christmas, after all. So thank you to Nad over at Hugs x Heart. Technically challenged as I am, until one of you show me how to highlight the word ‘here’ to link to other blogs, I will have to give you the full link:
So, here goes.
1.What is your favourite Christmas film?
Around this time we go through the rigmarole of trying to find my wife’s favourite film. She says it is a particular version of A Christmas Carol, or a ‘Scrooge’ one. Old, black and white, set in Victorian times (that narrows it down!) but we never find it. We go through the whole TV guide. Our entire Facebook community mobilises to identify it, but we never do. Personally, I don’t think it exists. But we do this Every.Single.Year. As for me, It’s A Wonderful Life is great, but I like The Muppet Christmas Carol. I think our own cockney actor Michael Caine is great in it. But Miss Piggy is intimidating.
2.Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Of course. One year I managed to talk my uncle (sadly no longer with us) into coming to our house for Christmas dinner. He suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, and rarely left the house. As luck would have it, a blizzard set in while he was here. When it was time to take him home, I went to push him out of the door in his wheelchair, and his foot got tangled in the wire of the Christmas tree. “Timberrrrrr!!!!!” I then had to push him up a hill in the snowstorm, wheels spinning, eyes scrunched against the wind and snow, while he froze in silence. What I didn’t realise was that his cap was down over his eyes and he couldn’t see a thing the whole way. I asked him the following year if he wanted to come to our house again? “No.”
3.Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home. Always.
4.What is your favourite Christmas song?
The Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s Fairytale Of New York is brilliant, but I’ve always been a fan of Lennon’s music, and liked this song long before I knew that it was by him.
5.Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Absolutely not. The Christmas Demon is both watchful and vengeful.
6.Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
I could re-name them for you, if that helps? Okay:no. But everyone knows the red-nosed dude. I reckon the others resent him.
7.What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most?
The whole shebang.
8.Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I don’t like to think of it as fake, more like ‘representative’.
9.What is your all-time favourite holiday food/treat?
Christmas pudding. Just that one a year.
10.Be honest:do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I’m not one for either. I don’t bother about receiving gifts, I just enjoy the Christmas period. My better half is the shopper. I give her moral support. When people ring to thank us for the presents, I tell them that they are welcome, as I cover the mouthpiece and ask Jen what we got them.
11.What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Maybe the iPad I am now writing this post on. Connections.
12.What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I don’t think I would like to spend Christmas away from home, but if I did, definitely not somewhere sunny and hot. That wouldn’t feel right. Sweden is on my visit list, so maybe there. Ja?
13.Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I am notoriously terrible. I start to wrap, find I have not used enough paper, so cut off a little bit more. Then I spot another gap. It ends up looking like a patchwork quilt.
14.Most memorable holiday moment?
When I was a kid, my younger brother excitedly shook me awake. “Andy, come on, it’s Christmas!!!” I’m not sure what time it was, but it was still dark. He sprinted ahead down the stairs, whereas I, the sensible one, stopped to first put the light on. There was a sudden flash, the light went back off, and the bulb fell and smashed on my head. Really. Explains a lot.
15.What made you realise the truth about Santa?
What do you mean, truth? Santa is real. There is a consumer-swallowed conspiracy to try and get us to spend more money on buying presents, but we don’t need to. HE brings them, if you leave room.
16.Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Nothing specific, maybe a general sense of what I want/hope for from the coming year.
17.What makes the holidays special for you?
It’s an old cliche, but family time.
Bonus questions (you can answer if you want)!
18.What do you wish for Christmas this year?
19.Favourite Christmas smell?
Not those sprouts. Maybe spiced drinks. Not spiked, spiced.
20.What is the worst/weirdest gift you ever got?
I couldn’t possibly divulge. Not in public.
21.Favourite holiday drink?
22.Have you ever spent Christmas in another country?
No, but I enjoy reading about how you lot spend yours, scattered all over the world like you are. A kaleidoscope of customs.
23.What place/landmark in your town do you love during Christmas?
The Manchester Christmas markets, unfortunately I didn’t make it to them this year.
24.Were you naughty or nice this year? You know Santa is watching!
I asked my wife-her response was just a raised,quizzical eyebrow. I asked my seven year old daughter, and she said that I’ve been nice. Although I think she is now borderline suspicious that it is I who supplies the presents, and is just hedging her bets.
Merry Christmas to you all, I look forward to reading your replies. Tag-you’re it!!