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|Question 1. What is your favourite Christmas movie? |
The Great Escape. Yeah, I know it’s not actually a Christmas movie but it’s always on and I always make the effort to watch it. It’s fantastic
|Question 2. What is your best Christmas memory? |
Coming back from church on a crackling cold midnight with every star blazing and the feeling that I was treading a path trodden for over a thousand years. That’s a lot of good will.
|Question 3. What is the best present you’ve received? |
A few years back my family clubbed together to track down and buy and extremely obscure book about the excavations at Olbia, a Greek colonial city in what is now the Ukraine. I was astonished and touched that they had gone to so much trouble.
|Question 4. What
is the best present you’ve given? |
One year my husband and I built an old fashioned rocking horse, complete with beautiful glass eyes, mane and tail and proper harness and constructed a big cardboard box to hide it. On Christmas Day the box was a HUGE success. The kids played with it for months.
|Question 5. Santa Claus – real or fake? |
Are we speaking historically or mythologically?
What is your favourite
Christmas book? |
A Christmas Carol. All the others stem from it whether by emulating it or by consciously rejecting it. Also it’s good fun.
|Question 7. Do you like eggnog? |
What is eggnog? I see references to it all the time around Christmas but I’ve never seen it. It doesn’t sound at all appetising.
|Question 8. What do you eat at Christmas? |
Whatever I can be bothered to cook. I don’t like the traditional Christmas dinner, but we’re stuck with it on Christmas Day. However I do enjoy being creative with the leftovers. Bubble and Squeak on boxing Day is an absolute must.
|Question 9. Be honest, when do you put up the Christmas tree? |
Himself won’t have the tree in the house before Xmas Eve. A family tradition.
When do you open your presents? |
Before lunch on Christmas Day. I go and fetch my mother while himself puts the spuds in, give her a sherry and once she’s settled we start.
|Question 11. Do
you have snow at Christmas? |
No, never. A bit on the ground occasionally, frost and sleet, but nothing like the Christmas cards. I think the expectation might come from the swap from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1752 where we lost 11 days. There is often snow during the first week of January so maybe the memory of snowy 18th century Christmases put the idea into the minds of the Victorian writers who invented Christmas.
What is the best – all-time –
Christmas song. Ever! |
Jona Lewie’s “Stop The Cavalry”. It never fails to make me gulp as I contemplate all those people who serving overseas, or having to work away from home, or who once had a happy home that they have lost, will be spending this Christmas holiday alone. https://youtu.be/2HkJHApgKqw Alternatively I like Don’t Let the Bells End by The Darkness because I dearly love a countertenor. https://youtu.be/VQhuoY5h2kE