It`s Christmas and it`s all about the things you love and do during this festive time, even though it`s been a very tough year there will be things we do and love over the holiday period. Here are a few of my thoughts all around Christmas time, what are yours?
What`s your favourite movie?
Mine has to be either "The Grinch" with Jim Carey, so heart warming and funny all rolled into one. or "It`s a wonderful life" in black and white staring James Stewart, I cry every time I watch it, an angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
We moved to Scotland is January on a very wet day, the rest of that winter was also cold and wet. The following year we had snow though and ice even to the point of being snowed in three times, the car was left on the front and we didn`t even try to dig it out. The cold weather carried on until March, luckily enough we made snowmen, went walking and had many snowball fights. There has been snow on a few occasions too. I love it because it feels festive. Here is a recent snowy day in Moffat, our walking club had a great morning making snowmen and having a snowball fight.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
It`s always a family affair for Christmas, usually thirteen of us around my sisters table or should I say two tables, different chairs and sharing the cooking, I buy and cook the turkey, Mum gets lamb, sister does vegetables and the in-laws make stuffing (amazing stuffing) and desserts. Lots of food, drinks and party games, along with a bit of singing.
What`s your favourite Christmas song?
There is only one song that is Christmas for me and that is "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Being a teenager in the 80`s this certainly has to be a classic in my eyes and probably one of the best Christmas song over the decades.
What Christmas Traditions are you looking forward to this year?
I love the turkey and stuffing, there is nothing better than smelling the dinner cooking, take forever to prepare and cook and it`s gone in half an hour though. Along with meeting up with family and exchanging presents I love Christmas day.
What`s the best present you`ve received at Christmas?
As we moved here in January we had our last Christmas in Wigan at my Mum and Dad`s house, David bought me a food mixer, I love it and it gets used very often now we live in Moffat and I`m always baking. But over the years my son, Sam has made me dozens of homemade gifts from school and beyond, they are always the best as their heart and sole has gone into making it special.
Most memorable Christmas memory?
As children we had Christmas at Nana and Grandads house with all Aunties, Uncles and cousins joining in, Nana lived quite a few miles away so when we travelled we would count the Christmas trees in everyone's window along the way. As the families grew, we would then have it at home and boxing day became the day that Aunties, Uncles and cousins would come, playing games, quizzing, eating and having a good old catch-up.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don`t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, probably at school. It`s so special thinking he is real and the children`s faces lighting up with excitement knowing he is bringing presents and surprises on Christmas day.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Now we live apart from family and friends it`s extra special going back to see them, even though we are only a few hours away, work commitments usually makes it harder to see them through the year. Making sure we have a few days with family, catching up on what they have been doing over the past twelve months, work, holidays and children growing up it`s a special day. Time flies by before your very eyes and to quickly sometimes.
What don`t you like about Christmas?
I love everything, what`s not to like? Apart from the weather if it`s raining.
I`m tagging Mel at More Organised for giving me this brilliant idea to spread some Christmas cheer.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Susan and David
Thank you for all your support over the years, we look forward to welcoming you in 2021
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Susan, 50, Love discovering new and exciting adventures in Moffat.