Next to feature on my Christmas Interview Series is my Welsh friend Alana from http://www.baby-holiday.co.uk/
As a child our family tradition was to open our presents at home in the morning, then visit famil and have Christmas dinner at my gran's house. It was always a busy day, but I loved it.
Now that we have our own family with two little boys we haven't started our own traditions yet. I like the idea of making Christmas Eve boxes for them to open while we watch a festive film when they're a bit older.
2 - What’s your ultimate Christmas movie?
There are so many good ones I don't think I can choose a favourite! I love Elf and Love Actually, and we watch them every year, but after watching The Polar Express with our two-year-old this week it's crept into my favourites. I've never been keen on it, but his little face when Father Christmas appeared was adorable.
3 - What 3 songs would be top of your festive playlist?
Fairytale of New York, Merry Christmas Everyone and I wish it could be Christmas everyday.
4 - Are you an online shopper or do you go to the actual stores?
I tend to do a mix of both. For the past few years I've said I'll do it all online but then leave it too late to order. I do love a proper Christmas shopping day out!
5 - Do you make shopping lists or buy things when you see something nice?
I list all the people I need to buy for and fill in any ideas I have, but mostly I like to browse for something I think they would like. My list always sends me into a panic!
No (sorry everyone)! I try to, but yet again I leave it too late and end up with a drawer full of written cards that never get sent.
7 - Do you have an elf on the shelf? What do you do with it?
We have this year for the first time. He hasn't got up to much yet - he brought our tree, rolled down the stairs in a toilet roll and has been horse riding overnight. We're keeping it simple for the first year!
8 - Do you have chocolate advent calendars or something else?
Our toddler is a bit of a chocoholic so we avoided getting him a chocolate calendar as he would eat them all on day one! He has a Playmobil one instead, which he managed to open six days of by December 3, and a wall calendar with pockets that we're filling with little notes, toys and the odd chocolate.
We don't yet, but this is something I'd like to do as the boys get older. I like the idea of having a Christmas book in there to read each year.
10 - Do you make any gifts?
I have done in the past, but I don't plan to this year as I don't have the time. When I was on maternity leave the first time I made lovely lavender soaps and scented bath salts for family members. They looked really pretty in glass bottles with a bunch of lavender tied around the neck.
11 - Do you do any Christmas crafts?
We've tried, but they usually end up being a big old fail! Painting is generally avoided in oir house!
12 - If you could only eat 3 things from your Christmas dinner, what would they be?
Mash potato, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding ... I'm big on carbs!
13 - What’s your favourite festive tipple?
I really love the smell of mulled wine, but don't actually like drinking it, so would go for a glass of rosé instead. Honestly though, I'd prefer a Christmas coffee!
14 - Where are you spending Christmas this year?
Don't ask! We haven't actually decided yet, but we might be cooking for family in our house ... Despite being half way through a kitchen renovation!
15 - If you could go to any Christmas market in the world where would you go?
Oohh this is a tough one. I love European markets, but I think maybe I'd go somewhere more exotic like Marrakech. They might not be Christmassy markets but they're amazing for gifts and I could get some sun at the same time!
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