Sunday, 12 July 2015

Festive Q&As with Suze, Agi and Rachel Gilbey!




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What sits on top of your Christmas tree?


I have more than one Christmas tree. One of them has a star on top and the other a Santa. The one with the star has classic decorations and the one with the Santa is more modern.

Favourite Christmas song?


Flappie

It’s a Dutch song about a boy with a rabbit. The boy can’t find his rabbit and he’s looked everywhere. His father helps him with the search. When it’s Christmas the rabbit is the main course and the boy is inconsolable. The next day his mother can’t find his father… It’s a song by a Dutch comedian and it’s the number one Christmas song in the Netherlands.

Favourite Christmas movie?


Love Actually.

Favourite festive foodie treat?


Gingerbread men.

The best part of Christmas is…


that it’s such a romantic holiday.

The worst part of Christmas is…


that there’s too much to do which gives me Christmas stress.

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?


My worst: A box filled with two ripped magazines from the previous year, a chipped Eiffel Tower keychain and a ten year old dirty plush that I once bought for the giver of the present. Everything was wrapped and sent to me in a box.

My best: My husband made me an advent that contained both sweets and charms. I got the charm bracelet for Christmas and he designed the charms himself together with a jeweller. It was such a sweet and loving gift.

When do you do your Christmas shopping?


I start in September and then I gradually buy everything I can come up with. That doesn’t mean I have everything I need as I always have to make many last minute trips to the shops. I’m quite a chaotic person and I keep forgetting things.

Any Christmas Day traditions?


On Christmas Eve we read Christmas stories with my family. It’s usually more funny than serious. We eat at 10 pm with tea and champagne and then we open our presents.

Favourite Christmas book?


Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.

Favourite Christmassy book cover?


Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?


Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real? Or is he real?


I still believe in Santa.

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?


My ideal Christmas would be being at home, not having to run and stress. I would love to have a romantic champagne breakfast, open a few lovely presents and then spend the afternoon cooking, dancing around my Christmas trees and reading. In the evening we should have a delicious dinner with a gorgeous vintage wine. And then we sit by the fire (this is the difficult part as we don’t have a fireplace) telling each other stories.







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What sits on top of your Christmas tree?


A red star. That's probably going to change colour this year as my very involved hubby bought new Christmas baubles in purple and silver, which is a great colour combination but not for a Christmas tree in my eyes...

Favourite Christmas song?


This must be "Last Christmas" by WHAM! I know. I KNOW! But I also like "Shake Up Christmas" by Train. And many more. Especially the oldies.

Favourite Christmas movie?


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation :)

Favourite festive foodie treat?


Self - made Christmas cookies. It takes ages to make those buggers but they are sooooo good...

The best part of Christmas is…


The atmosphere. There is really something magic in the air when we sit all three together at the table, Christmas music playing in the background, fire burning, the fairy lights are one... Nobody is in a hurry anymore (well, maybe except of our little Sophie, who is in hurry to open all the presents) and it is just such a joy.

I also love looking through other people windows' at their Christmas trees :)

The worst part of Christmas is…


That it is so quickly over!

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?


My worst must be the tights that I got once from my grandparents. I was around 6 this time and I was not a happy bunny. The best? It's more difficult. I think this must be my engagement ring :)

When do you do your Christmas shopping?


Actually, a whole year, haha :) I like to be prepared. No last - minute shopping for me.

Any Christmas Day traditions?


Yes. We always go to our favourite inn for a very festive lunch (goose. It's always goose).

Favourite Christmas book?


It is not strictly Christmas book but I've got it as a Christmas present once, and read it thousand times: The Six Bullerby Children by Astrid Lindgren.

Favourite Christmassy book cover?


Too many! Too many! You know I'm a great cover sucker and it's impossible to settle for one. Just from the top of my head: The Proper Family Christmas. It's lovely.

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?


Karen Swan, Christmas at Tiffany's, Scarlet Bailey The Night Before Christmas and Tammy Cohen Dying for Christmas.

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real? Or is he real?


I want him to be real :)

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?


Alone? No, joking :) It may sound like cliché, but with my family. All of them.







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What sits on top of your Christmas tree?


A silver star

Favourite Christmas song?


Last Christmas by Wham – one year it will be relevant I’m sure

Favourite Christmas movie?


Muppet’s Christmas Carol – gotta love the Muppets, music and a traditional story. Always try and watch it as many times as its on over the festive period.

Favourite festive foodie treat?


Yule Log

The best part of Christmas is…


the lead up, all the festive cheer, Christmassy films, books, the decorations, how everyone seems like they are in a great mood

The worst part of Christmas is…


I’m sorry to say the day itself I find to be an anti-climax. After all the hype and looking forward to Christmas for 24 days of December (and longer if like me, you started reading festive books in October last year), then nothing is going to live up to your expectations of the day.

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?


Best Christmas present as a child were a set of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle hand puppets that I desperately wanted when I was quite young (can’t recall why). Worst present I don’t recall many bad presents as everyone usually knows what to buy me (thankfully). However last Christmas I received Heinz Baked Beans blackboards in my office secret santa. No idea what to make of those.

When do you do your Christmas shopping?


Whenever I remember!

Any Christmas Day traditions?


Open my stocking in bed, traditionally lose on the National Lottery scratch cards in the stocking, and go over to family for the day. By 3pm there is the traditional argument over whether we will watch the Queen’s speech, by the times its resolved the speech is over!

Favourite Christmas book?


So many choices…Wrapped Up In You by Carole Matthews springs to mind, so does Sleighbells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

Favourite Christmassy book cover?


Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?


Escape for Christmas by Ruth Saberton

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real? Or is he real?


Santa must be real as he leaves me a stocking of presents every year at the foot of my bed (our tree is too small). Sophie, don’t destroy the magic of the season by hinting that Santa isn’t real, unless you mean he is just a hologram!

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?


On a beach far away, experiencing a very different Christmas, but one ideally without family arguments.

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2 comments:

  1. It was so much fun to take part and I love reading everyone's answers!

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