Dear Diary

Dear Diary: The Christmas Tag

I’ve stolen the idea for this post from my gorgeous friend Karen over at TinyBirdHeart, go check her out!IMG_4807

What time of year do you start your Christmas shopping?

There’s no rhyme nor reason to my shopping habits. Some years I’m done and dusted before December even hits and others, like this year, I didn’t start until two weeks beforehand. Luckily our family has agreed only to do gifts for the children (my niece and great-nephews) the last few years so my gift list is fairly short.

Do you have any festive recipes for food or drink you limit solely to the Christmas season to share?

Turkey, Brussel sprouts and parsnips tend to not get eaten during the rest of the year. Oh and Sara Lee chocolate gateaux! A whole one… all to myself.

Tell me how Christmas goes down in your home?

My niece has lived with my mum for the past seven years so we’ve still been partial to that crack of dawn awakening and present opening that is part of the magic of Christmas (although last year I was the one waking her up rather than the other way around) but other than that every year has been a bit different for us. When my ex and I were together I’d cook Christmas lunch at his. (His family didn’t live in the city – one year we did spend Christmas at his dads but lets not talk about that!) I spent Christmas at Center Parcs with just my mum and niece a couple of years ago which was utterly delightful, Christmas in a forest covered in a light dusting of snow is simply magical. This year we’re having a big family Christmas at my aunt’s house which means no cooking or cleaning up for us!

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Not really a tradition yet as this will only be our second year doing it but sneaking away somewhere quiet with my niece to watch the new Doctor Who!

Do you have a favourite festive coffee?

Like Karen I hate coffee but I love me some hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint syrup to warm me up!

Do you have a favourite Christmas song?

Not really, I don’t mind a Christmas tune but they really should be reserved for as close to Christmas day as possible. They get over played in shops and on the radio so much in the run up that they start to annoy me more than they make me feel festive!

What do you do on Christmas Eve?

For the last few years I’ve got to play Santa so it’s wrapping presents, filling her stocking and arranging all the presents under the tree once my niece goes to sleep.

What’s your Christmas wrapping strategy? Do you have a strategy?

Boxes! Anything that’s a weird shape or might get broken needs to go in a box. Boxes are incredibly easy to wrap. I usually have great plans to buy brown paper and decorate it myself but I never get round to it and end up using last years leftover paper lol

What’s your dream gift this year?

My dream gift would be a new boiler for my flat in Aberdeen so I can finally get the damn thing rented out in the new year!

Describe your Christmas tree. How tall? Real or artificial? How is it decorated?

My mum has had the same tree for years. It’s a fiber optic one with different light patterns/colours and about 5 feet tall. Mum’s a bit of a stickler for decorations so there’s never any tinsel and only minimal red or gold decorations allowed. The tree at the top of the post is the one my flatmates bought and decorated last weekend. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a real tree at Christmas.

Do you decorate just the tree or other areas of your house e.g. windows, banisters?

At home we have specific things that go up every year. Light things for the windows, a christmas wreath on the door and multicoloured tube lights that spiral their way up the banister. Plus the musical carol singing family and snowman plush toys that are the best thing since sliced bread for my great-nephews.

What do you wear to Christmas parties and what do you wear on Christmas day?

For Christmas parties I like to dress it up a little and wear a dress or a skirt. My job can involve crawling around under desks on occasion so I tend to stick to trousers at work and I pretty much live in jeans and geeky tees the rest of the time so it’s nice to make an effort at this time of year. Christmas day needs to be more comfortable, leggings are a must for that ever expanding waistline!

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