I hope you are all having a wonderful day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and you’re having fun, and doing what you hoped to be doing at Christmas.
Christmas is a very chilled out affair for me as I’ve got such a small family so Christmas day, and the whole Christmas break really, is just an excuse to chill out, eat a lot of food, watch films and read books.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Tag but as it’s blogmas and I’m looking for blog posts, here’s a seasonal appropriate one. This tag was created by Girl Reading on YouTube and I came across it via Bookables video.
1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?
Is it cliché to say the Weasley’s? Because they are the first family I thought of and I can’t think of a better fictional family to spend Christmas dinner with.
2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?
If we’re talking about items from a book, could I get a Time Turner? That’d be very handy. Or bookish items in the real world, I’m a big fan of book sleeves. I love there’s so many designs and companies out there. I have two from BookBuddle which I love, and I received a Black Panther one in a subscription box which is very relevant to my interests.
3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?
Samwise Gamgee. He’s so kind, helpful and thoughtful that he’d make a great Christmas elf! Plus he’s resourceful so if there was any mishaps, he could sort it out quickly.
4) Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.
I find this kind of thing really difficult but after a lot of thinking I came up with Step Into Christmas by Elton John to be paired with The Martian by Andy Weir. My thinking is, it’s just the kind of song that Mark Watney would be stuck listening to months on end.
5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?
I read the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness this year and was so annoyed by Todd through the entirety of the first two books, and then through a good chunk of the third book too. He disappointed and frustrated me with his naivety so he’d be on the naughty list.
6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list? The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet. It’s a completely bonkers fusion of fantasy and real life and when the line blurs between fiction and reality it’s a lot of fun. I don’t know anyone else who has ever read this book so it definitely needs more love – or at least, I need to find people who have read it to talk about it.
7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmassy feel to it.
Now this one I found really difficult and I thought I was going to skip it as I didn’t think I had any books with Christmassy covers (mainly because I don’t tend to read books set at christmas time) but then I remembered by copy of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I haven’t read this book yet (it’s been on my shelves for years though) and while it might not be exactly Christmassy, it’s definitely wintery with all the snow and mountains.
8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year, so they can read it and love it too?
As the spin-off is coming in the New Year and I’m so excited, I’m going to have to say the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I think Eragon, and The Lord of the Rings films, was my gateway into fantasy. I’ve reread the Inheritance Cycle a few times over the years and I still love it.
I saw this Christmas Tag over on Hannah Louise’s blog Paint Me a Smile and thought I’d get into the spirit of the season and take part too.
What is your favourite Christmas Movie? The Muppet Christmas Carol! I haven’t watched it this year (yet) but I do love it. I like the story and how Michael Caine gives it his all even though he’s acting with puppets, the songs are great too and Gonzo and Rizzo are my favourite Muppet’s so I like how it’s them two telling the story.
What is your Favourite Christmas Song? Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty McColl. I just love this song.
Do You Open Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas morning. We always open presents in our PJ’s before breakfast, it’s really chill and nice.
What is your Favourite Christmas Scent?
I don’t know if I really have a favourite Christmas scent. While I don’t like drinking it, I do like the smell of Mulled Wine.
What tops your tree?
We’ve got Father Christmas on the top of our tree! It sounds weird, but he’s got a big beard and the Christmas lights shine through it.
Is your tree real or fake?
It’s fake. We’ve had a fake trees all my life. Our current fake tree is about 16 years old so it’s doing pretty well. (more…)
Hope you all have a wonderful day surrounded by friends and family and have everything you could wish for! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely day off work and relax and do whatever you want to do!
Now in my family we don’t have many traditions or anything when it comes to Christmas. This is probably because my family is ridiculously small – if we don’t have friends round for Christmas dinner it’s just me, my mum and my gran. But there are something’s I love about Christmas even if it’s a small affair.
Putting up the Christmas tree
This has always been “my job” at Christmas. Even when I was little I’d always decorate the tree. When I was at Uni, my mum would do it because I’d only get home a few days before Christmas but the last few years I’ve been home I’ve done it and putting together the tree (we have a fake one) and decorating it is what makes me feel all Christmasy.
Favourite Christmas Film
We don’t have any Christmas films we have to watch each Christmas but the one that I will stop and watch if or rather when it’s on TV is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Michael Caine is great in it, Rizzo the rat is my absolute favourite and the songs are so catchy.