Monday 27 July 2015

Festive Q&A with Linda Hill!

What sits on top of your Christmas tree?

It's an angel wearing a white dress and it has gold edged wings, but because I'm not remotely religious I call it a fairy!

Favourite Christmas song?

I can't choose as I love so many - 'Driving Home for Christmas', 'Here It Is Merry Christmas', 'Fairytale of New York' etc etc

Favourite Christmas movie?

The Snowman (I know it's only short)

Favourite festive foodie treat?

Pringles and chocolate together with champagne or a cup of tea. bacon butties and champaagne for breakfast on Christmas Day.

The best part of Christmas is…

The anticipation of being with the family, hoping my husband will like his presents, eating too much and watching naff TV programmes.

The worst part of Christmas is…

When I'm 'doing' Christmas so I have to organise it all which includes all the shopping, cooking, games and prizes, main presents and tree presents at lunch and tea time meaning I have to find around 33 separate gifts and spend hours cutting out faces from the Radio Times for the 'Guess the Famous Faces' game...

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?

Worst was a pair of lilac spats from my inlaws. Best - I've had so many I've loved including some fabulous jewellery, but the one I use the most is my Fitbit and one of the most unusual was a selection of Roman coins to clean up and identify. I also had a trilobite which was pretty unusual and I really liked.

When do you do your Christmas shopping?

From October though I bought a present for a school friend I've had for 45 years a couple of weeks ago in May as I saw something I thought she'd like.

Any Christmas Day traditions?

Not so much traditions as rules carved in stone in my family. Lunch and a tree present first then washing up and main gifts. Games including Guess the Famous Faces, charades, memory game, quizzes and the 'Throwing Game' when we have three gifts and two packs of cards where one pack is allocated to everyone and the caller uses the second pack to call out a card at the time. The three gifts are then thrown to the person who has the card. At the end when all the cards have been called if you still have the gift you keep it.

Favourite Christmas book?

The best book I ever had at 'Christmas was More Tell Me Why?' when I was a child as it explained why the moon seems to follow you when you're in a car though I can't remember the reason now.

Favourite Christmassy book cover?

The Ship of Adventure by Enid Blyton (I know it isn't Chritmassy but it's the book I most associate with Christmas as I didn't learn to read until I got glasses at nearly eight because I couldn't see properly and it was the first book I read to myself. It was a Christmas present)

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

Where would you like me to start?

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

He is real. He still visits and leaves gifts and we can hear his sleigh on Christmas Eve

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?

With all the family but going out to lunch so there's no preparation, cooking and washing up to do. We'd go in a mini-bus so no-one had to drive.



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