Next to be interviewed on my Christmas Blogger series is Beth from http://bammboo.co.uk
Loads! We rarely spend Christmas day at home so the build up for Christmas is really important to me. We have an activity advent calendar and we do a christmas themed activity on most days in December. We usually put up a very small tree early in December and put any homemade decorations on it as they are made.
2 - What’s your ultimate Christmas movie?
I would have chosen Miracle on 34th street but we watched Home Alone a few days ago and my almost 8 year old was in total hysterics so I think that’s going to be a firm family favourite.
3 - What 3 songs would be top of your festive playlist?
Mistletoe and Wine, Last Christmas and Fairytale of Newyork
4 - Are you an online shopper or do you go to the actual stores?
I really love going to the stores at Christmas, I love the hustle and bustle and all of the beautiful decorations but for practicality I mainly shop online
5 - Do you make shopping lists or buy things when you see something nice?
I have lists of lists! Although, this year I seem to have bought a lot of random things so I need to get it all out and decide what I still need to buy
6 - Do you send Christmas cards?
No - I say it’s because I’m being kinder to the planet but mainly I’m far too lazy. I love receiving them though even though it makes me feel a bit guilty for never sending them
7 - Do you have an elf on the shelf? What do you do with it?
No - I think the advent stuff is plenty to do.
8 - Do you have chocolate advent calendars or something else?
We have ‘Advent Activity Jars’ - I put an activity, a piece of chocolate or a toy in each jar. I tried to get out of it last year because we moved house mid-December with a 6 month old and a 7 year old but my oldest was desparate to still do it.
9 - Do you do a Christmas eve box? If so what’s in it?
Yes - although it isn’t actually a box - it’s a bag. We put new PJs (not necessarily Christmas themed just nicer ones than I may buy anyway; a new Christmas themed book; and bath toys/smellies. The main aim is to encourage the kids to go to bed!!
10 - Do you make any gifts?
I often sew some of my gifts. One year I only gave homemade gifts to my 11 nieces and nephews but that made it all a bit stressful so now I sew if I feel like it!
11 - Do you do any Christmas crafts?
Yes, I usually get my son to make something for his grandparents. Last year we decorated mugs.
12 - If you could only eat 3 things from your Christmas dinner, what would they be?
Roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and christmas pudding
13 - What’s your favourite festive tipple?
14 - Where are you spending Christmas this year?
We’re having a big Christmas party with my side of the family just before Christmas and spending Christmas day with my inlaws
15 - If you could go to any Christmas market in the world where would you go?
I have no idea! I used to really like Manchester Christmas Markets when we lived there. I think the Uk are pretty good at doing Christmas markets and I wouldn’t particularly want to travel abroad too close to Christmas - it would be nice to have some snow though!