The Jolly Blogger Award

The lovely Yari over at Yari's Adventures nominated me for The Jolly Blogger Award. Seeing as I love anything related to Christmas, I jumped at the chance to share my answers! I'm meant to nominate ten bloggers too, but seeing as how I'm quite shy within the bloggersphere, I'm leaving it open for anyone that reads this. 

1. Do you open your gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Day. Since I'm the oldest child in my family, Santa was still coming to the house for years. We'd all get up super early and open our presents with the ones that still believed. Even now, when I know what my presents are, I'll have to wait until Christmas morning.

2. Favourite Christmas song?
Baby, It's Cold Outside. I don't know why, but it just feels like Christmas when I hear this song.

3. Favourite Christmas/holiday movie?
ELF! I literally only saw this for the first time last night, and it's already after knocking Home Alone off its perch. Other than that, the Harry Potter movies. They're not Christmas movies, but they're always on TV around the festive season, so they totally count, right?

4. Favourite Christmas decoration?
Apart from the ones I've made? A teeny tiny Newbridge silver grand piano my aunt bought for me years ago. 

5. Favourite Christmas food?
Chocolate. And more chocolate. All those selection boxes and tins of Roses. I may be drooling at the thought of all the chocolate I'll have in the house shortly enough!

6. Favourite holiday/winter drink?
Hot chocolate. Recently, I've been making Bewleys white hot chocolate, with lashings of cream, marshmallows, and a candy cane stirrer. Bliss. I'm planning on making some mulled wine for Christmas Eve when we have family over though.

7. Snow or no snow?
I love the idea of snow. Actual snow, not so much. It loses its charm once it starts to get sludgy, which being Ireland, is only a matter of minutes usually.

8. Do you send out cards or no cards?
I love sending out cards. The last two years I've been really bad at it though. I've had a pile to send on the worktop in the kitchen for the bones of a week. They'll definitely get posted in time for Christmas though!

9. Do you still secretly believe in Santa Claus?
I wish! I was only talking about it last night. How much money would us parents save if Santa was real? 

10. Your favourite winter clothing item?
Pyjamas. Some days, I'm lucky if I get dressed at all. To me, winter is all about staying warm. Why get cold to get dressed, when I could stay warm and cosy by the fire instead? Failing that, a big old scarf to wrap myself up in when I do have to leave the house. Basially, any article of clothing that makes me feel like I'm still snug in bed!

11. One beauty product you cannot be without this winter?
Hand cream. I love the Soap & Glory minis, but lately I've been carrying around a L'Occitane one I got as part of a gift set. Between the weather changing so suddenly, and handling money and boxes in work, I find my poor hands get super dry in the winter. Keeping my hands moisturised seems to be keeping the cracked mitts of 2013 at bay so far.

12. Best Christmas memory?
It was back in good old '93. My mom was in the hospital after having the latest addition to the family, and me and my brother woke up Christmas morning to presents under the tree AND a brand new fancy TV. We were so excited to show my mom our Christmas presents when we went to visit that we completely forgot about the baby though, oops!

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