The Christmas Tag 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015

Happy December guys!!!!!!

When the 1st of December finally rolls around it really starts to feel like Christmas. From the festive songs on the radio to the Christmas festival Winterval inside in Waterford City; it all really gets me into the Christmassy spirit!

So, the lovely Lisa from Cuddles and Contouring has tagged me on Facebook to do this Christmas tag, so here goes!


1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?

There are three movies that I HAVE to watch every year and they are:

The Grinch 
The Santa Clause

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It's not Christmas if I haven't watched these two or three times over Christmas and New Years!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Christmas Day of course!!!!!! There's nothing better than going to bed on Christmas Eve knowing that you have a pile of Christmas presents waiting to be opened the next morning! When I was younger I knew that some people got to open a present on Christmas Eve, and I tried to convince my Mom that we should do that too, but nope Christmas morning is for opening presents she always said, and I must say I agree!!!

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3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Yes! I remember being in the kitchen of my old house with my parents and younger sisters on Christmas Eve. My mom, I think was cooking mince pies or something and my dad, my sisters and I were singing 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' at the top of our lungs and doing actions to it. This was back when I was about 6 or 7 so Santa was still very real (not that he isn't! He totally is!) and I just remember this feeling of the absolute magic of the night. I could feel it in my tummy! I was so excited! And I was convinced that I saw Santa's sleigh going across the sky and that I could hear sleighbells and hear the reindeers hooves on our roof, so my sisters and I ran up to bed as fast as we could cause Dad told us that if Santa knew we were awake he wouldn't stop at our house!

I also remember putting out milk and biscuits for Santa ( we had a special Christmas basket for the biscuits) and a few carrots for the reindeer.

Christmas used to be so magical when I was a kid. I miss that!

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4. Favourite Christmas food?

I have two favourites! Without these it wouldn't be Christmas! Stuffing and honey-glazed ham with cloves stuck all over it. All day, every day. Christmas dinner is by far my favourite dinner of the year! You couldn't bate it with a stick!

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5. Favourite Christmas gift

Christmas 2012 I got a Kindle Paperwhite from my parents. I had wanted one for ages and I was delighted when I was given one for Christmas that year! It was the perfect present for me; I'm a total bookworm. Whst made it even better was that I was going to Spain for 4 months for a semester of work experience for college, followed by a semester of Erasmus (study abroad) in the beautiful Malta. Before getting the Kindle, I was actually sincerely worried about how I was going to get a load of books to fit into my suitcase along with ALL of my clothes. So yeah! A Kindle was the absolute perfect present to receive and I was delighted that I could bring my library (especially the Harry Potter books!) around in my pocket on my travels!

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6. Favourite Christmas scent

The smell of Christmas dinner cooking! Knowing that in a few short hours you'll be so full and satisfied that you can't move, falling asleep in front of the television. There's nothing like it!

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^ This is my every year about an hour after Christmas Dinner.

7. Have you any Christmas Eve traditions

We always go to mass on Christmas Eve and to the Christmas carols beforehand in St Joesph's and Benildus in Waterford City. They sing nearly the exact same carols every year and their little script hasn't changed in years, so my sisters and I can nearly recite along with them almost word for word! It's so cheesy.

Then when we come home from mass we open a tin of Roses, turn off all the lights, except those on the Christmas tree, and light all the candles in the room. Magical!

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8. What tops your tree?

Well we always have two trees in our house; a fancy pretty one and a messy tinsel explosion. The fancy one in the dining room that you can see in the front window, has a massive light up star on it, and the one in the kitchen, (the one that looks like the aftermath of an explosion in a tinsel and bauble explosion), is topped by a Santa!

Here's a couple of pictures of our trees from a couple of years ago: (Sorry for the bad quality!)

© Aoife Doyle 2015
^ This was before we got the massive star. You can barely see the small old one!

© Aoife Doyle 2015
^ See what I mean by tinsel explosion!!!

9. As a kid, what was the one extravagant gift you asked for, but never got?

When I was writing up my list, before the time of easy internet access, (remember dial-up?), I always used the toy section in the Argos catalogue to pick out my list. One year, I can't remember hold old I was, I remember getting to the Barbie pages. Well, I wanted everything! I painstakingly wrote out the catalogue numbers, exact names and page numbers for each thing. Barbie's Dreamhouses, cars, sets and of course a few Barbie's to go along with it. I saw nothing wrong with all this! Sure the elves make it, so it's all free! Anyways, I think I got two barbies (among other things), a red convertable (so cool!!!) and the massive Barbie Dreamhouse I wanted, buuuut, it was our 'sharing present' for me and my sisters.

Another thing I asked for but never got was snow! It was at the top of my list every year but Santa never delivered!

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^ This is the exact car I got!!! I think it's still in the attic somewhere!

10. What's the best part of Christmas for you?

The best part of Christmas for me, definitely has to be family. I love being around my close family and extended family around Christmastime. It's such a family time in our house. I just love piling into the sitting room to watch a Christmassy movie with my parents and sisters. Feet up, Roses out, can of Coke in had, fire roaring and in my Christmas onsie (as I write this I'm in said onsie. Yay Christmas!).

I loved writing this post, so thanks again to Lisa from Cuddles and Contouring for tagging me in this! Be sure to check out her blog!

I'm going to tag....

Ciara from Ciara Noelle
Rachael from Rachsbeautique
Shannon from Makeup By Shannon

Make sure to tag me when you've finished writing so I can read your posts!!!

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Happy Christmas everyone!!!

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  1. Ah I love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking too xx Siobhan


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