Saturday, 18 December 2010

20 Christmas Questions.

I saw this over at Little Tin Bird and couldnt resist having a go myself.

1.WRAPPING PAPER OR GIFT BAGS?...Its always wrapping paper but if I was super organised it would be gift bags!
I hate wrapping and try to get Scott or the girls to do as much as possible for me.
I buy thise huge 10 metre rolls from Asda and have one design each for my 3 children so that i dont have to write endless gift tags as well!!
 2.REAL TREE OR ARTIFICIAL?...Artificial for my house thank you. It just seems so sad that so many trees lose their lives to decorate houses when you can get perfectly replicas. Oh yes I hate the needles falling everywhere too.

 3.WHEN DO YOU PUT UP THE TREE?...Usually some time around mid-december, although I was a little later than usual this year because I was unwell last week and couldn't start shift furniture around to fit the big tree in (I was in serious jepordy of becoming the worst mother ever last year after having 2 small trees instead of our usual big one).

 4.WHEN DO YOU TAKE THE TREE DOWN?...As soon as it starts to annoy me, if We're having a party for New Year at our house I'll take it down beforehand but leave everything else up, if not usuall sometime during the first week of January.

 5.FAVOURITE GIFT RECIEVED AS A CHILD?...That would have to be my bike when I was 9 years old. I got a bike and my brother got a really snazzy go-cart, we went out to play on them as soon as we could after opening our presents and everyday afterwards, but on new years eve we had really heavy snow that lasted until April (We lived in Germany at the time) so We didn't get out to play on them as much until springtime. 

6.HARDEST PERSON TO BUY FOR?...No one,if I'm stuck what to buy someone I just get them a gift voucher for an appropriate shop...simples!

 7.EASIEST PERSON TO BUY FOR?...As above everyone is easy for me! But I do enjoy buying presents for children mostly, I just love looking around toy shops choosing games,puzzles, books etc

8.MAIL OR EMAIL CHRISTMAS CARDS...I send very few christmas cards as I think its a terrible waste of resources when I can easily say 'Merry Christmas' on Facebook or in an email, but there are some people who We always send cards to, its just a case of me remembering to post them!!

 9.FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE...It has to be 'The Snowman' it makes me cry without fail every single year. Also christmas wouldn't be christmas for me if I didn't get to see the 'Father Ted' christmas special...classic comedy!!

10.WHEN DO YOU START SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS?...I'm always without fail on the last minute at christmas, this year though more so than ever due to extreme skintness!!
So I still have the majority of my shopping to do, but I'm hoping that will be tomorrows task.
 11.HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED A CHRISTMAS PRESENT?...Myself, Kia and Mica tend to keep hold of unwanted gifts until one of us has a birthday present emergency, so yes I have recycled.

I love the great selection of cheeses everyone seems to have in their fridge at christmas. I love the middles of 'Terry's Chocolate Oranges', I love bread sauce, blue quality street and those party mix packs of pretzels!

 13.LIGHTS ON THE TREE-COLOURED OR CLEAR?...We have a mixture of blue and clear this year...I just love lots and lots of lights, more is most definitely more as far as I'm concerned. 
 14.FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?...I love them all but my all time favourites wuold have to be...
1.'Fairy Tale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl.
2.'A Spaceman Came Travelling' by Chris De Burgh.
3.'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

 15.TRAVEL AT CHRISTMAS OR STAY AT HOME?...Scott works right up until the afternoon of Christmas eve so even if We did want to go away it wouldn't really be practical. Luckily most of our family live nearby so We all get together at some point over christmas.
When I'm very rich though I'm going somewhere hot and sunny for christmas!!

16.ANGEL,STAR OR RIBBON ON TOP OF TREE?...We have a lovely jewelled star this year, bought for us by our middle daughter Mica.

17.OPEN THE PRESENTS CHRISTMAS EVE OR MORNING?...What Christmas eve!!! no chance although as a child I'd have jumped at the chance to get my hands on my pressies early!
Stockings opened when everyone gets up then presents after breakfast.

18.MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR?...People who cant resist the urge to buy buy buy!!!
Even as a non religious person it annoys me that christmas has lost a lot of meaning for a lot of people.
To me christmas is all about family and enjoying one anothers company.

 19.WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR?...Nothing really, I tend to get things if and when I want them throughout the year. 

 20.TRADITIONAL COLOURS (RED AND GREEN) OR OTHER COLOURS?...We have lots of new decorations this year and they are mostly in jewel shades of turquoise,purple and bright pink, but theres some silver and blue and green in the mix too.A lot of our old decorations got damaged in the shed this year so We've had to buy new ones.

I know I know I'm a bit of a christmas misery...its become a standing joke in our family!
I do enjoy it, I just hate the whole fuss and frenzy that goes with it.

Have a go and post your 20 answers and please link back to mine.

Em xxx

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Advent Swap Catch Up.

I've been so busy over the weekend that I haven't had a moment to post about my latest advent swap goodies.
And of course now...I'm not 100% sure that I'm going to get them in the right order!

On Saturday I got this teeny CK purse which is possibly the sweetest little purse ever!
I'll have to hide that from all my girls I think.

On Sunday I got a big sparkly bath bomb from Bomb smells dee-licious and I'm saving it until I get an evening where I can relax in the bath with a book!
I've already hidden this from Evie as she loves bath bombs and always manages to work her way through any that herself, me or her sisters get!

 Then yesterday I got more CK goodies, this time pretty tissues which are stashed in my crochet basket for the inevitable winter sniffles, although will I be able to bring myself to wipe my nose on such prettiness??

Dont they all look pretty together..I'm loving this swap more and more everyday.

I know I'm a day behind but I'll catch up with today and tomorrows gifts tomorrow.
Em xxx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Advent Swap Day 3...and a Houseguest.

Wow its the 3rd of December already...its going by so quickly!
Today I opened this little beauty.

As soon as I begun to open it I could smell it and as coconut is one of my favourite scents I was very happy with this.
I don't know how I'll ever be able to bring myself to use it though..its just so sweet.

My Mum is a very lucky lady at the moment, She is in New York with my sisters Jody and Hermione, they left from Leeds airport where there was lots of deep, cold snow yesterday morning and arrived in NYC which is apparently unseasonably warm at the mo!!
Anyways in exchange for some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups I agreed to look after my Mums very lively little dog Harry.

Here he is...don't be fooled by those big sad puppy eyes, he is a demon.
I took him to the shop last night (it was an emergency dash for crisps and chocolate) and he sat outside and barked at everyone and everything the whole time I was in the shop.
I could see everyone looking at him and tutting etc and the lady behind the counter commented to me that she had no idea who he belonged to and she sounded oh-so disapproving...I had to admit he was with me...aaaaargh the embarrassment of being in charge of the naughtiest dog in South Yorkshire.
He is quite endearing in his own way and for some reason Coco likes him and she's usually less tolerant than me!!

Em xxxx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Advent Swap Day 2.

A very quick post tonight as I have loads of episodes of 'The Archers' and 'Emmerdale' to catch up on!
But I had to show you all my lovely lovely present for day 2 of the advent swap.

Cute little Gisella Graham box.
Thank you Lynda its gorgeous, I cant wait to see what I get tomorrow.
Em xxx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Advent Swap Day 1.

Well here it is the 1st of December!!
Yay!! its nearly christmas!!!
Eeeek I'm nowhere near organised...I have 2 presents bought so far!

Anyway today was the start of Laa Laa's advent swap, which is the most exciting advent thing I've done since..well since I last had an advent calendar of my own.

So without further ado I present gift number 1...modelled unopened by my nephew Elliott and opened by Evie.

Yummy German gingerbread...mmmmmmm sent by my swap partner Laa Laa.
And you'd all be proud of me because I distracted the children long enough to hide it away from them!!
I've since eaten it and yes I did share it...I just wanted to enjoy my share with a hot cup of coffee.

Keep cosy.
Em xxxxx