Firstly, Christmas it would seem has come early to the Witter household as I won two prizes last week. My thanks to Suzanne for the Three Weddings And A Funeral DVD and Misha for the book - which book I'm not sure as, my loving surprises, I asked that Misha send one of her choosing rather than one I had picked. Actually make that three - I also won a book courtesy of the Galaxy Chocolate promotion - who said chocolate was bad for you?
Also many thanks to GMR for her HOLIDAY TAG - it looks as if I'm now IT.
When do you usually know and feel that it's finally the holidays?
Without sounding to much like Mrs Scrooge it used to be when I saw the Fenwicks Christmas window but now-a-days I don't really get into the Christmas spirit until Christmas Eve though I do begin to feel ever so slightly festive when we get the double holiday edition of the Radio Times (a tv listing magazine).
Whoa, what's Fenwicks I hear you ask. It's a large department store in Newcastle city centre and every Christmas they have the most amazing display in their main windows - below being this year's offering though this is not the actual music you hear which is of a more traditional variety. I only chose this video clip because it has the most clear images of the windows themselves. The still Father Christmas you see in the 4th image you might be interested to know stands all of 12ft high and is made completely of Lego bricks.
What do you want for Christmas this year?
What's that saying about health, wealth and happiness? Wealth would be nice I guess though I'd hate to win the lottery. Happiness is one thing I don't generally feel I lack. Health? Now that would be a wonderful gift to have. That aside, books and chocolates would be nice.
Do you go all out with decorations?
Here I go, all Mrs Scrooge again. We have displayed our cards BUT this year haven't bothered with any other decorations. I'm afraid they are too much of a dust magnet which isn't good news for my breathing.
What are you doing Christmas Eve?
Fingers crossed, my chest being a little clearer we will be heading off to church at 6 o'clock for the annual Carol and CHRISTINGLE service though we will have to make a hasty exit before the candles are blown out. Then its home to track Father Christmas on NORAD, a wonderful web site that allows you to follow the big fellow in the red suit on his travels.
What are you doing Christmas Day?
We shall be spending the day with husband dearest's family at his youngest brother's home where, this year, nine of us will be sitting down to lunch.
It's Christmas time. What are you reading?
Well, I've finished my Holiday Reading Challenge and am busy trying to finish my latest reading group read in time for Father Christmas who, providing I've been a good girl, will, hopefully, bring me one or two new books. Then, of course, it being Christmas I'll be reading Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and, the newly discovered, Once Upon A Christmas by David Oxtoby.
Favourite movie to watch during the holidays?
You know I don't really have one though I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Muppet's Christmas Carol.
Favorite Christmas song?
Once again, I couldn't really say though I'll doubtless be driving everyone mad with Dominick The Donkey (scroll down my side bar to find it).
Favourite holiday drink?
I don't drink alcohol so with my dinner I'll be having some FENTIMANS Rose Lemonade, a wonderful lemonade drink flavoured with rose extract "which is from a 100% pure and natural steam-distilled rose essential oil".
How is your Christmas shopping going?
Ah, the miracle that is Internet shopping - how did we manage before Amazon? We are all done apart from having to pick up one or two items locally. I say we, meaning Husband dearest - what would I do without him?
If you could spend Christmas Day anywhere else, where would you spend it?
Like lots of other people there is generally that dilemma of when do we fit everyone in? Do we spend Christmas day with my family and see yours Boxing Day or vice-versa? And by the time we've spent Christmas Day and then Boxing Day entertaining various family and friends we feel exhausted SO it would be nice for all of us to go to a hotel somewhere so that we could all be together.
Any holiday traditions?
No, apart from the eating of tinned hotdogs for breakfast when I was a child. Oh wait a minute, I suppose there is one ....... our Christmas tree star. Bought the first Christmas we were married, it is now more bronze than silver and almost bald in places where the tinsel has come off but I couldn't replace it.
Favourite thing about the Holidays?
Hd being off work and getting to spend some time with him.