Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Abbey over at Abscape to do the Christmas Tag. It's been ages since my last tag and so I decided to do this one as fast as possible.

Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I open all presents on Christmas Eve. It's my family's tradition to all get together on the 24th and open prezzies.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
Cooking with mom out family recipes.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Puppy-proof fake. Which means it's made out of cardboard and tinsel. Maybe I'll share a photo, as I'm very proud of my artwork :)

What is your favorite Christmas film?
I have no favorite Christmas movie really. I love a lot of seasonal movies, but I don't have  a go-to movie. Usually I binge watch Harry Potter, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home, in bed, watching TV shows and reading. Drinking hot tea that's Christmassy-flavored. This year, with a pupster (that may or may not be the reincarnation of the inspiration behind Cujo) I don't think that's in the cards for me *nervous laughter*

What is your favorite Christmas song?
So, so, so many. Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby, almost any Christmas songs Dean Martin sang, there's an awesome interpretation of Baby, It's Cold Outside by Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr. that I adore. There's one version of The 12 Days Of Christmas that is amazing, but I can't find anywhere and I haven't listened to it in ages and that makes me sad.

What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Just...the entire dinner, really.

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Ooohhhh...see, I like both, really.

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
The cheer and the air of hope that's present everywhere, really.

When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Well...Usually right after Halloween, as soon as the Christmas decorations start appearing in the shops. At the same time, I'm also the weird person that listens to old Christmas songs as soon as August is nearing the end, so I can't give an honest answer here.

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
This is book related, obviously, and I've told this story many many times, my aunt and uncle got me the first three Harry Potter books one Christmas, and then it sort of became tradition for them to get me the newest Potter book each Christmas.

What is the worst present you’ve ever received?
Can you believe I've never actually hated a gift I've gotten? I usually appreciate the thought. My great-grandma usually gets us "kids" chocolate each year and that is just my go-to present really. Plus my family has a weird tradition: if we're really unsure what to get the other person (kids not included in this) we usually tell that person "Listen, here's the money I have in mind for your Christmas gift, let's go wherever you want and get your gift together", which is something I've always loved, because I always get books.

As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
No, because my baby cousin (who I've always thought of as a little sister really) came along when I was 13, so our gifts were totally different by then.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
New York. I'd love to see the decorations they put up each year.

Most memorable Holiday moment?
The first time my cousin realized that Santa was "here", and to the delight and amusement of everyone, she begged her Daddy to sing a song for Santa, in order for her to get gifts. It was hilarious and heartwarming at the same time.

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I make resolutions probably even before New Years is near. Somewhere mid-November. I only stuck to one of them in my entire life. Best thing I could ever stick to, but yea...pathetic when you think about how many resolutions I actually have each year.

What makes the holidays special for you?
Being with family.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The house smells like Christmas, being with family, having that childlike wonder that is inspired by the holiday, the snow...Man, I miss the snow in my home-country.

You have been granted one Christmas wish…what will it be?
Hmmmm....This one's tough. Maybe....I don't know. Oh! I do. For my puppy to be calmer. Not for him to have a complete personality change, but it would be so awesome if he could be less energetic about everything around him. I love him to pieces but that is one hyperactive puppy. In all seriousness, I hope everyone in my family is healthy and happy, including my pupster. That would be the best thing to have, really. Anything else is just secondary.

Wow, sorry for that sadness-inducing phrase. I was just listening to the news and it seems everything is doom and gloom right now. Anyway. That's my Tag. I'll tag a few of you on Twitter. As for the rest of you, if you want to do this tag, leave me a comment so I can visit :D


  1. I understand the puppy wish. I have 3 dogs and its v hectic in my house

    1. I thought for sure people were going to have me for that! But in reality it's super hectic, isn't it? One minute he wants you to pet him (but not too long because I swear he's a big cat in reality), the next he wants to nibble on your hand and then he pouts and cries if you don't let him....I hope his adulthood will be much more mature and calmer but I fear that will not be the case LOL

  2. What a lovely tag! We also have a fake tree but we don't have any pets, so no puppy-proofing needed :D I would love to see what it looks like as well! I think cooking with the family and eating are two things I also really look forward to around Christmas time too :)

    My blog:

    1. I'll share a photo later today on IG. It's not necessarily the prettiest tree ever, but it seems Christmassy enough. I love the traditional food for the holiday. It truly is special when you're making it, isn't it? What is your favorite recipe?

  3. This is the perfect tag for the season. I love the xmasy feel this gives.

    1. Right? It's also a great break from the constant bookish-related posts, even though they're awesome too.


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