Friday, 12 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

I've seen this tag floating around the blogosphere for a while, and since I'm a very, very big fan of Christmas I thought I'd give it a go. I'll take any chance I get to talk about Christmas! I would love to read other people's answers, so please do this tag if you find it interesting, or link me your post if you've already done it :)

Alright, here we go.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?

Love Actually is probably my ultimate favourite, closely followed by The Holiday, The Grinch and Elf. Also - I don't know if they're Christmassy enough, but I really love The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands.

2. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

In Sweden Christmas Eve is "the big day" so naturally that is the day for opening the presents. When we were younger we always got one or two gifts in the morning, and then we were given the rest in the evening. 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

This is a hard one! Probably just the collective memory of all my childhood Christmases, honestly. Even though I still adore Christmas, it will never be as magical as it was when I was a child.

4. Favourite festive food?

Saffron buns and gingerbread. Oh and rice pudding and spiced Swedish Christmas bread. I'm definitely more for the sweet than the savoury during Christmas! Swedish Christmas food is very centred around meat (especially pork), which I used to love as a kid. Earlier this year I became a pescetarian, so this will be my first Christmas without eating meat, but I really don't think I'll miss it much. I can still eat my favourites; cured salmon, brussel sprouts (love those wee things!) and Jansson's temptation.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

Oh no, this is a difficult one. I honestly can't think of anything in specific, but I always love the small, thoughtful gifts that my mum gets me - things that I might've mentioned that I want, or that she just knows I'll like.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

The smell of gingerbread fresh from the oven. Oh my days.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

As mentioned above, the 24th is the day of celebration in Sweden. Most years it looks something like this: a lazy breakfast, lounging around, cooking and preparing for the big meal, rice pudding for lunch, more lounging around or preparing, watching the yearly Donald Duck tv show (I really don't know why this is such a big thing in Sweden, but it is, haha..) in the afternoon, more lounging around?, then eating the big Christmas dinner (which takes a long time, as it should), after which it's time for the presents. Usually we'll make time for mulled wine and sweets at least a couple of times during the day and evening, too. 

8. What tops your tree?

A star, of course!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) you always asked for but never received?

I don't think so. I was such a boring, reasonable kid, haha. One of my older sisters, however, always asked for a horse. She is still just as horse crazy.

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

Just spending quality time with the family, plus the whole atmosphere of it. It's definitely the best time of the year :)

Okay, that's enough procrastinating for this morning. Now I really have to get back to revising for exams...

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you :)

Love, Mimmi.