The Christmas Tag

Happy Friday, loves!

I’m so excited for 5pm to roll round and for the weekend to begin. I can’t wait to spend a whole weekend with my love, enjoying a weekend away visiting the Christmas markets and drinking all of the Bailey’s hot chocolates!

Today’s post is a fun one, I created a Christmas Tag! I really enjoyed filling out The Autumn Tag back in October – you can check that out here if you missed it – I thought it would be fun to make my own. I have to point out my co-worker Laura helped me think of a few questions (there you go Laura, blog famous, HAHA!)

What is your favourite Christmas candle?
I love Christmas Eve from Yankee Candle, and Sugar Cookie from DW Home. My favourite is Winter by The White Company, I buy it every year!

What is your favourite Christmas song?
Step Into Christmas by Elton John. It makes me so happy! I also really love Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Buble, Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande and Underneath The Tree by Kelly Clarkson. (And also pretty much every other Christmas song ever made…)

Do you stay in pyjamas all day or dress up on Christmas Day?
In the morning to open presents I wear pyjamas (Matt and I have super cute festive ones this year and I’m SO excited about them!) then I definitely dress up for Christmas Day, ideally in something glittery. My Christmas Day Outfit Ideas post will be up in just a few days if you’re struggling!

What are your plans for the holidays this year?
Christmas Eve: lots of baking, finishing up any last minute wrapping (literally every year), watching Christmas movies and then drinks with Matt’s family in our local pub for the evening, then head home to get snuggled up with our Christmas pj’s on!
Christmas Day: Matt and I are spending Christmas morning with my family to exchange presents and have a festive brunch, then we’re going to his family’s house for the afternoon and night. We’re also going out for Christmas Dinner with his parents and grandma – we’re all so excited! I really feel so lucky to have two families I love so much 🙂

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I have so many, there’ll be a post up including my favourites in the next few days! I think my number one spot will always be tied between Home Alone and Elf. I really love a cheesy Hallmark movie though, they’re so cliche but so cute.

Do you love or loathe tacky Christmas sweaters?
LOVE! The tackier the better, haha. Matt and I got matching sweaters last year and I freaking love them. Here’s us wearing them on Christmas Eve 2017:

Who will you be kissing underneath the mistletoe this year?
My wonderful boyfriend, Matthew, of course 🙂

What are you excited for in the build up to Christmas?
This weekend! Matt and I are heading to Manchester for the weekend to visit the Christmas markets and spend alllll of the QT together! He’s been working so much recently, and even though we spend as much time as we can together every morning and night, I’m so excited for us to disconnect from ‘real life’ and just relax. I’m so excited to treat him to date night whilst we’re there.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
I love that we have pancakes for breakfast every Christmas Eve, and I love Matt and I’s tradition of spending as much time as possible over the whole festive period with each other’s families. My brother and I also always get a new decoration for the tree every year, so I have 24 to take with me when Matt and I buy our house… most of mine are from Disney World, they’re so cute!

What is the number one item on your Christmas wishlist this year?
For part of my present, Matt has bought me a pink Himalayan salt lamp and I’m SO excited about it – I was going to buy it for myself but he was so sweet and offered 🙂 I literally can’t wait to set it up on Christmas Day hahaha. I know I’ll love anything from my loved ones because they picked it. But anything from Jo Malone or Victoria’s Secret would be great HAHA!

What is your favourite Christmas food?
Mashed potato, stuffing and of course, pigs in blankets!

Do you shop the Boxing Day sales?
Only from the comfort of my bed or the couch 🙂 …well, usually. Matt isn’t working this year (YAY) so we’ve decided to brave it and head in, I’m already nervous but I do have a few tips coming up in a post that will hopefully help both me and you this year!

Do you prefer to give or receive presents?
ALWAYS to give! I love putting in so much time and effort to buy things my boyfriend, family and friends will love. It makes me so happy seeing them happy on Christmas morning, and it’s worth every single bit of the stress in the build up!

What is your favourite sweet treat for the holidays?
I love sugar cookies, gingerbread and peppermint bark!

Do you have a favourite Christmas drink?
Alcoholic: almond Bailey’s or mimosa’s. Non-alcoholic: gingerbread hot chocolate from Costa. (It’s really good, but not as good as the Bonfire Spice from the Autumn!)

Which Advent Calendar do you have this year? Do you remember to open it each day?
I have two! Debbie (Matt’s lovely mam) bought us a Cadbury’s Heroes one each, and Matt bought me a Galaxy one. (Okay, tecnically I bought it for myself when I picked him one up HAHA. Gotta do what you gotta do…) I definitely remember to open it each day and I always remind Matt, I’m all about chocolate in the morning!

What is your favourite holiday scent?
Real Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies baking in the oven and my favourite Christmas candles!

Are you one of those people that wish for a White Christmas each year?
Honestly, yes! I am not a fan of snow any other time of the year except from Christmas (even the thought of driving in it makes me feel sick). Having said that, snow on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day would be BEAUTIFUL and makes everywhere look postcard pretty.

What makes the holidays most special to you?
Spending completely uninterrupted quality time with the people I love most in the world, and getting to spoil them a little more than I usually do. Also, the food/alcohol combo is pretty great, and I really love that everywhere you look is a sea of fairy lights!

What has been your highlight of 2018?
I have SO many. All of the weekend trips Matt and I have taken (especially a few to Ireland), seeing Ed Sheeran live with our friends, our Summer holiday to Kos, Matt getting his well deserved promotion, starting my blog, my skin finally looking better, spending another Christmas season with my love and our families, and generally feeling so happy throughout the year. A post on my highlights of the year will be up in the new year, but to summarise I feel very lucky to have had such a great year, and I’m feeling very excited and optimistic about what 2019 holds for Matt and I!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed the post and found it fun to read, I really enjoyed making it. The inner 14 year old in me who watched and loved every YouTube tag video back in the day will always love these kind of posts, haha! I tag all of my wonderful fellow bloggers, but I’d really love to see Savannah and  Abbie complete this!.

-G x

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