Christmas game

I've just pinched this from the lovely Jemma at Spidermonky.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Definately wrapping paper. I can't be trusted not to look in bags, I'm really nosy.

2. Real tree or artificial? Real. Although after the incident a couple of years ago it's got to be the non-drop variety. Actually, once it reached the 'completely bald' stage it had a certain arty grace to it. Still, at least it fit into the house which is more than can be said for the tree that my tree-surgeon ex boyfriend stole for me from the Forest of Bowland. I lived in a mid 1940s semi and the tree was 12 ft if it was anything.

3. When do you put up the tree? When my dad gets round to buying it, usually mid December. He buys me us a tree each year.

4. When do you take the tree down? January the 6th. And the house always looks really bare without it.

5. Do you like eggnog? Yuck no. It's grim stuff. I'll take a Cosmopolitan or a V&T though!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A full size electronic keyboard. I was 14 and I refused to play the piano when anyone was in the house (still do actually) so I could only practice when the house was empty. As this wasn't very often I wasn't doing too well. With the keyboard I could plug in headphones and play away without anyone hearing. I still have it, it still works and I'm 28!

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No. We're a wee bit heathen in our house.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My brother. What the hell do you buy for a 25 year old researcher to the shadow transport secretary? Lord knows. He liked the paintball gun the year before last. His landlord didn't and he had to replace the fance at his own expense.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My mum. She likes all the usual mum stuff and shoes.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A microwave veg steamer. I have an ordinary steamer, why would I want a microwave one? Who microwaves veg anyway? The electric toothbrush was an odd one too. These gifts both came from the same person incidentally. Oooh, a book on the Highland Clearances (tactful indeed) also came from the same person.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. I love receiving mail that isn't a bank statement or credit card bill.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Grinch. I am such a child. I love that film and the grinch really reminds me of someone which just makes me laugh more. Micah doesn't get it at all, the Grinch gives him the creeps. Which again makes me giggle. Christmas really brings out my inner eejit.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? October. Because I get everything as early as possible so I don't have venture out in the christmas rush. 

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Sadly yes.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas dinner. It's my favourite dinner of the year. Unless we are at my inlaws because they don't do gravy with christmas dinner. It's just not right.

16. Clear lights or coloured on the tree? Well I prefer coloured but I have clear because when I went to buy them a couple of years back I only had a fiver and the coloured ones were £5.50 and I haven't yet got round to sorting it.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York, when I was younger I was really impressed because Kirsty McColl said 'arse' and I wasn't allowed to. 

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home. Definately. Well, my folks houe which is in the same town so classes as home. Unfortunately we have to do alternate years at my inlaws which isn't nearly as good.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Erm..Prancer, Dancer, Donna, Blitzen, Rudolph….no.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Spangly silver twisty thingy. Great description eh?

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas afternoon. We start with stockings (and yes we are in our twenties!), then church then lunch, then visit my auntie and cousins, open presents then the Perkins come round and we all have christmas dinner and get happily drunk. Ooh, I'm getting excited even typing it!!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The 8 hour drive to the Highlands to visit my inlaws which is either done just before christmas or just after.

23. What I love most about Christmas? Everything!!

24. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Depends what you class as naughty. I haven't got a criminal record if that counts as nice!

25. If you’ve been good, what would you like Santa to bring you this year? Happiness. And if at all possible the correct numbers for the next 20 million quid Euromillions rollover because I really would like to retire and do something more interesting instead.

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