(I realise 18 things aren't really 'essential' but they are unmissable to me!)
What's The Best Christmas Preparation Job? Wrapping presents, without a doubt. I love making the gifts look enticing, even with my distinct lack of artistic talent.
First Drink I'll Taste: Mulled wine. Champagne isn't something I really enjoy and Christmas flavoured coffees are overrated. It's got to be a glass of warm, spiced red.
No. 1 song to start the festive mood: SLADE - Merry Christmas Everyone (1973)
Pre-dating me by over a decade, it's still the ultimate Christmas tune!
Best Way To Avoid Confrontation: Dispel any brewing arguments by giving someone stressed a hug. They might need it if they've just burned the turkey!
That Reminds Me - Turkey or Ham? Turkey, every time. I hardly eat it the rest of the year, though.
Best Way To Begin A Festive Feeling: Watching a Christmas movie.
Ok then... Favourite Christmas Movie? Bernard and the Genie (BBC 1991). Hands-down the best ever Christmas movie ever made. I have to indulge in Elf, Love Actually, and Home Alone too, or it's simply not Christmas.
What should the weather be like? A bright, crisp, cold morning, with a frost on the garden. I don't remember a white Christmas...
Charades: Yes or No? YES!!! I'm game for any ... game! We've done Charades, Bingo, Family Fortunes, Rapido, Pictionnary, and the ol' family fave of "Tip It!" (don't ask...)
Best Ever Present? Maybe my Timberland snowboots, or my iPod.
Favourite festive food: Brandy butter (for Christmas pudd or mince pies) and bread sauce
All-time Favourite Christmas Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. What a belter!!!
Least Favourite Part About Christmas: The amount of waste which is generated. Rubbish produced over Christmas by UK households would fill Big Ben 1500 times, so try to recycle where you can!
Christmas Cards. Go. I'm not sending any this year for the first time ever. I have taken a stand against waste generation and done my bit to protect our trees. The money could be better spent elsewhere; I have donated the money I would have spent on cards and stamps to my favourite charities.
How Late Do I Leave The Christmas Gift Shopping? Always done before December, normally during November. That way, it's all done and dusted before the crowds descend on the shops, and I can enjoy my final pay cheque of the year!
Christmas Wouldn't Be The Same Without: My family. Silly hats, singing, eating our weight in stuffing, games.... Love it!
Merry Christmas everyone (in the words of Slade!)
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