Thursday, December 13, 2007


I have been tagged by Steve from Bloggertropolis.

"When people say 'Christmas' you immediately think..."

Post Christmas dieting-sad but true.
I also remember the total belief I held as a child that Jesus was born that night all those years ago and I would love more than anything to return to that child like belief.Presents were never really that significant as I was growing up but the spiritual aspect of Christmas for me was definitely the most important thing.

"Favourite Christmas memory..."

As a child, going with my mother to the local woods to find a small log to make a Yule Log.

"Favourite Christmas song/carol..."

Now this is not so easy to answer.
My favourite carol is IN THE BLEAK MID WINTER-I find it hauntingly beautiful but I also like the children's Christmas song LITTLE JESUS SWEETLY SLEEP.
My favourite Christmas song is FAIRY TALE OF NEW YORK closely followed by the David Essex rendition of WINTER'S TALE.

"Favourite Christmas movie..."

I love the film Scrooged as it is so funny.

"Favourite Christmas character..."
Sadly, due to financial implications, as a child I never believed in Santa but I really loved the Christmas story and I think I liked the donkey best. As an adult, I do love the European Christmas traditions .
In Austria where Anastasia lives, December 6th is the day Saint Nicholas, the giver of gifts, makes his rounds accompanied by his devilish assistant, Knecht Rupnecht, he can occasionally be seen roaming the streets giving sweets and apples to good children while his companion playfully beckons "little sinners" to feel the string of his golden rod.
Spooky or what!

"Favourite Christmas ornament/object..."
Christmas baubles.
I buy the girls a Christmas tree ornament every Christmas, so with 6 girls we have LOTS of tree ornaments.This years theme is stars.

"Plans for this Christmas..."
To do as little as possible.
I love giving presents and I love to see people open them so I am looking forward to that.
I also like to decorate the family graves, whilst South America may decorate theirs on The Day of the Dead,here the graves look very festive at Christmas.I once saw a man pouring a can of beer into a grave!

"Is Christmas your favourite holiday?"
Most definitely.
I like the general overall atmosphere that lasts from November through to New Years Day.
I would hate the thought of it being 'Christmas every day' but it would be so nice for some of that feeling to last all year.
I have tagged the following


Casdok said...

Thank you!
Whne people say Christmas to me, i think oh no, no trains running, and no escalators working!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful Christmas memory!

I'll have to start thinking...

LAA and Family said...

Thanks for tagging me, this will be fun and I'll get to it soon!

Marla said...

Thanks for tagging me! I will get on this as soon as we get back home! I enjoyed reading your list.

Steve said...

To do as little as possible over Christmas sounds just perfect! Might give that a try myself!

Anonymous said...

Well I've really enjoyed this tag - thanks! It's all done and thankfully it got me moving along towards getting myself into gear for Christmas (been a bit slack this year)!!


Hi Casdok,
Christmas also makes me think of no buses which means that Mamas taxi gets used a lot more!

Hi Elissa,
I also remember once having a pair of red shoes and I smeared the red polish over the pantry wall and I remember my mother saying she would never buy me red shoes again.Oops!
When my parents left their house to move into a flat the polish was still on the wall all those years later.

thanks for wanting to take part.I always find things like this difficult because I feel embarrassed asking other people if they also want to be involved.
I love reading about other peoples experiences.

Hi Marla,
I just remembered the one about the Christmas my cat ate the turkey! It was before we had a car and so I couldn't go out and buy a replacement on Christmas day!In Cardiff we have quite a few shops owned and run by Muslims and they open even on Christmas Day but we were stuck-funnily I don't remember what we ate instead(definitely not the cat!).

Hi Steve,
I have never understood all this fussing over food on Christmas day and we always have a huge Christmas dinner but it never seems to have been a bother or stressed me out(apart from THE CAT ATE THE TURKEY CHRISTMAS!).I would rather stick pins in my eyes than go round to Nigellas for Christmas Lunch, her fussing and slobbering drives me insane. Fiona saw her on TV for the first time the other night and she asked if she had mental health problems!Nigella makes cooking seem too much like hard work.
I stick the meat in to cook and forget about lunch until about 11 am and then I prepare and cook the rest and we eat by 1pm.Anymore than that is too much to be bothered with.
How to get a little one to eat sprouts?
Tell them they are fairy cabbages!
It sounds brilliant but it never works, I used to tell mine they had to eat one sprout each until the year Ariel made herself puke and after that I gave it up as a lost cause.

Hi Elissa,
I'm on my way to check out your post, many thanks.

Steve said...

What is it that people have against sprouts? Personally I love them!


Sprouts are one of my favourite vegetables, my brothers favourite vegetables are chips!




An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.