Monday, 18 December 2017

All I Want For Christmas...

I was tagged by the lovely Mim to answer these sixteen questions about Christmas. And since I'm such a jolly person I say ho ho ho and on with the show...

Um. Yeah. That's why it doesn't work when I try to be jolly or outgoing or any of those things. I just sound/look like an eejit. Oh well. Here's the sixteen questions anyway. Complete with answers, because that's how questions are supposed to work...

1. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Hmmmm good question. I'd probably say When Harry Met Sally, even though it's not technically a Christmas movie, it does have a bit of a Christmassy theme/feel. 

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Unfortunately, no! 

Unless we're talking wine and pavlova and things like that? Then of course I have! 

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

It' usually spent at my brother and sister-in-law's place either on Christmas or boxing day. This year we did early (yesterday!) because they are going away. So I expect we will be at home (or my parents place) on the actual day. 

4. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

That's easy. It's The Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling. 

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope. I don't know why. Probably because "Santa" doesn't seem to be too organised around here... Ahem.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeers?

Um. Dasher. Dancer. Comet.Vixen? No... Blitzen. Or something. And of course, good old Rudolph. So that's only half.

Oh wait, I've got a feeling there's a Donner as well. Or I could just be thinking about kebabs? I'm always thinking of food. Classy.

So yeah, the short answer is no. No, I can't.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

You mean aside from eating myself into a diabetic coma? That would be drinking likewise. Just kidding! I do have a wine or two but I'm not a drunk. I guess it would be just spending time with family and listening to Carpenters Christmas music. 

8. Is your Christmas Tree real or fake?

Fake as fake can be. And then I just let Mr 9 chuck whatever he wants on it. It's currently leaning sadly like it's dejected and forlorn and no amount of indiscriminate tinsel tossed at it will ever cheer it up. Poor fake tree. 

9. What’s your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

Pretty much anything that isn't nailed down. See 7. 

10. Be honest, do you prefer the giving or receiving of gifts?

To be honest I sometimes feel embarrassed about receiving because I'm always worried that my gifts are not as nice as what I've been given. Does that make sense? Yeah, I never make sense. As you were. 

11. What’s the best Christmas present you ever received?

I'm still waiting for twelve billion dollars in cash, a luxury European holiday and a glamorous waterfront property complete with staff to pamper me. HMPH. 

Seriously though, the best thing is getting a clean bill of health from cancer related issues for Mickey Blue Eyes and I. Nothing can beat that. 

But I wouldn't mind the clean bill of health PLUS the twelve billion just to see what that's like as well. Someone arrange that for me. Pretty please? 

12. What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Anywhere that isn't the equivalent of the seventh circle of hell, given that it's summer here in the land of Oz. 

13. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Fail ABYSMALLY.  They just get wrapped any old how. And I drive myself mad misplacing tape etc while I'm doing it. GRRRRR. 

14. Most memorable Christmas memory?

Gosh I'm not sure. Other than my boys first Christmasses.

I do have a vague memory of receiving one of those vintage 'Baby Chrissie' dolls when I was around four. You could pull their hair in and out or something. Anyway, I dragged it by the hair outside. Needless to say, my mum wasn't impressed because she'd had to pay it off back in the days of lay-by. That wasn't exactly the kind of heartfelt, touching tale you were looking for, right? Oops. 

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I can't remember anything specific. It was just the slow dawning realisation that there was no WAY that Santa could be in all the shops at once. Nor did it seem plausible that he could traverse the entire world in a single night with a bunch of flying reindeer. I mean, come ON!

Plus if he really did exist,then what was going on with the fact that my cousin sometimes stayed with us for Christmas and would usually receive twice as much as my brother and I put together?This was after my aunt declared "She's not getting much this year." What? Ripped off! And anyways,Santa ends up getting all the credit after mums (and dads) do all the work! 

What I'm saying is, I still wish he WAS real. *SOBS*

16. What makes the holidays special for you?

It's kind of trite but I guess it's just spending time with loved ones. Well, that and the fact that all thoughts of diets, being healthy and all that nonsense can be forgotten for a month day and you can eat until you EXPLODE.  I did mention I'm classy. 


Big thanks to Mim for tagging me. That was fun!

I now tag:

 Denyse at Denyse Whelan Blogs

Dorothy at A Blog Of Her Own. 

Ness at Normal Ness (I think her sarcastic take could be interesting!) 
However, if any of you are not into the tag thing just ignore me. On the other hand if you're totally into it, it's an open tag, so join in! 

Merry Christmas everyone! 

What are you doing for Christmas?


  1. Hee hee yay!! I love your baby Chrissie story - I have a similar one bahaha our poor (poor) mums!! x

    1. And those dolls are collector's items now!

  2. What a fabulous set of questions. I remember those Chrissie dolls. I think Mum was hoping to make me girlier or something. Then my sister pulled all the hair out because she was jealous she didn't get one.

    1. Haha yep mine ended up sans hair too. Clearly because I was so dainty with it. Ahem.

  3. Love your take on a White Christmas and yes, fake tree all the way.

    Merry Christmas!

    SSG xxx

    1. That's the Aussie white Christmas! Merry Christmas to you too x

  4. My husband wraps all the gifts - aren't I lucky! I'm hopeless at it. I also need to check out your Carpenters songs as I've not heard of them and it isn't as though I wasn't around when they were. I'm 60! I enjoyed reading your thoughts and have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2018.
    Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. Thanks Sue! Merry Christmas and happy new year xo

  5. I'm over wrapping - I've gone all gift bags (Ikea have a great range) so they can be reused....Happy xmas!

    1. Oh yes always reuse gift bags! Have the best Christmas x

  6. I got Cinnamon (similar to Chrissy) when I was about 7. Loved her to bits until a boy at school teased me for playing with dolls in Year 5 as I'd brought her to school. Well I showed him! I hit him over the head with said doll and her head fell off. My dad glued it back on but it just wasn't the same after that. So little Janet learned early on that tantrums just don't pay .... thanks for the tag, I was wondering what the heck I should blog about this week!!!!

    1. Haha love that story. Look forward to reading your responses xenon

  7. I don't think I've ever done enough for Christmas to have answers haha. We'll see what I can come up with...

  8. You really made me think, I cannot remember anything I got from Santa. But I remember we put out pillowcases for Santa. Just a plain pillowcase. I was spoiled though most Christmasses and we went on to do the same for our kids! I love Christmas and I used to decorate my classroom too. It IS a most wonderful time of the year. This afternoon I thought of you as I played the Carpenters singing Sleigh Ride. See, I am cool, as I have the Carpenters Christmas songs too. Thanks for tagging me but I won't get to complete it today. Loved the questions! Thank you for linking up for the LAST #lifethisweek in 2017. I look forward to seeing you back linking up when you can, and 2018 prompts kick off on 1.1.18 and are already on the home page. Sending all festive wishes to you, Denyse xx

    1. That IS cool! Yes, I'll be back to link up as often as I can in 2018. Have an awesome Christmas x

  9. Karen Carpenter did have a lovely voice, and I am sure there has got to be a Carpenter Chrsimtas album out there somewhere, surely! Hope you and your fam have a fabulous christmas and new year x

    1. Yes, there are two of them. Trust me to know! All the best for Xmas and the new year to you and yours xo