I was recently tagged on twitter by @the anxiousmummy and asked to answer the following questions. I’ll be nominating 2 people too. so here goes……

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? 

Mine…. On my own…. Die Hard. (My wife tells me it isn’t an Xmas movie, but she’s wrong)

With the kids…. Elf (or Santa Claus the movie)

With the wife…. Love Actually. (it, a roaring fire and a bottle of wine always gets us in the mood……. For Christmas ;))

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Not that I remember, I’ve seen a few snowflakes on Christmas and I’m sure the bookies paid out on it but never had it stick and got to throw a Christmas snowball.

Where do you usually spend your holiday? 

Originally it was at my childhood family home and my wife went to hers and we’d meet up on Saint Stephen’s day (that’s Boxing day to those in the UK). More recently, since the kids have arrived we’ve toured the family homes together. This year we’ll be in our own home together as our dog is very ill and we’re not going to leave her alone on what is to be her last Christmas.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairy tell of New York, no contest. There’s an excellent rendition of it below, if you haven’t seen it give it a watch (always makes me laugh)


Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

We usually get a peek at one of the smaller ones. Nothing major. Santa brings the big gifts so they aren’t there to open. It’s usually pyjamas, a board game a DVD or something.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?


Ah go on, I’ll give it a go; Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitsin, Vixen (and I’ll sub in Rudolph for whichever one I forgot)

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

The lazy weekends snuggled up watching Christmas films, we’ve already watched; Home Alone, Elf, Arthur Christmas, the Muppets Christmas carol and Santa Claus the movie. We’ll work through Ben’s favourite movies list by the time Christmas arrives

The trip into Winterval, (Waterford’s Christmas festival). We’ll go and see the light show and have some hotdogs and Ben will get to go on the Helter Skelter and see Santa. It will be Bella’s first real time to see him.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

The tree is fake, I love the smell of a real tree but hate the hassle (It has to go up too late so it doesn’t die on you and then you have to hoover up pine needs all through the holidays, non shed my ass). The real issue in our house is how early it goes up

What’s your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

I’m a Christmas dinner man. It’s all about the turkey (and all the trimmings).  I’d much prefer the dinner to any of the sweets. Having said that we as a household are well able to polish off a tin of Roses or Quality Street.  

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

Depends on the gift, really. I love giving someone something you’ve spent a lot of time choosing or finding, something you know the person receiving will love (I don’t think handing over a box of shower gel to a distant relative has the same affect).

As for receiving, who doesn’t love getting presents. Except if you just gotten the aforementioned shower gel and you are using your best ‘I love it’ face.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

Most memorable was probably, Castle Greyskull and He Man when I was about 5.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Lapland, that’s a real bucket list type holiday; northern lights, huskie pulled sleigh rides, feeding the reindeer, meeting the real Santa. All I need now is to win the lottery.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Wrapping presents is the Christmas equivalent of ironing. I’ll get it done but it won’t be pretty. I’m of the opinion that it’s just a cover to hide what the present is.  The edges don’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t need loads of bows and crap. Usually the wrapping is done very close to Christmas when the kids are finally in bed and some drink is a must.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

What truth about Santa? That he’s brilliant. What else could you mean?

What makes the holidays special for you?

The little ones. Now that I’m older I love living Christmas through them. To see all their excitement and the magic of Santa in their eyes. This year will be Bella’s first real Christmas, she was too small the last time round.