22 Dec 2010


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.

As we are now only 3 days away from Christmas and I know lots of you have already started your holidays and even more of you have already prepared posts I feel it would be unfair (if not cruel) to tag anyone HOWEVER ......... if you would like to take hold of the baton and run with this, it's all yours. Just leave a comment to let us know.


chitra said...

i like to read post related to festivals. The festival spirit is contagious and energies and fills every bod's mind with happiness..Wish I too were there to be a part of those festivals. Here we just feel happy seeing others celebrating it. Yes, of course as it is holidays, I may head for some temples. take care. Hugs. Wish you and your dear Husband MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Loved the video too. I love dolls and it was lovely.

Misha1989 said...

I enjoyed reading your answers. I love the holiday season! I have finished decorating too.
Btw, 2 days ago I got an email saying that your book has been shipped. I am hoping it won't get delayed.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Loved reading your responses. I'm a bit of a Christmas Scrooge here.

Arti said...

Well said responses... Yes the festive season fills one with so much positivity and freshness.
And yes chocolate never harmed anybody!!
Have a wonderful week:-)

dr.antony said...

It is so easy.I know my holidays when I don't have to get up in the morning at six,to reach the hospital at seven.When I look at the alarm clock and comfortably go back to sleep.And when I can eat any time I want to,and can stay awake the whole night,watching movies which make me weep!

Vivienne said...

Such a lovely Christmassy post. Loved the window displays - the Lego Father Christmas is gorgeous. I hope you have a healthy Christmas after the year you have had.

R. Ramesh said...

you gave very interesting responses buddy...cheers and best wishes

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Haha, I feel so old-fashioned. Can you believe it? I actually went out for Christmas presents. Well, I suppose that will count as my exercise until next Christmas!

(Agreed. What would we do without Internet shopping?)

GMR said...

See...I KNEW your post would be great! Wow, that is some display in the video there....loads of time put into that creation. Love your Christmas Eve plans...as well as your upcoming reads. Oh, A MUPPET'S CHRISTMAS CAROL....I love that movie! *makes note to dig it out for a quick watch this weekend* LOL on Dominic. Have a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year! ^_^

Dorte H said...

Great meme. Are you quite sure you don´t want just a pocket sized cup of eggnog?

And what would we indeed do without Amazon? Books are the best gifts anyway.

Grandmère Mimi said...

I'm hoping and praying for a clearer chest for you, Petty, all throughout the festive season and after.

Fenwick's did a splendid job with their window decorating. The Lego Santa is amazing.

May you and Hubby have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Joyous and Healthy New Year.

Kelly said...

I enjoyed all your answers! A fun meme I would normally be happy to join in on, but....it IS quite busy around my house! I've prepared a few posts, but still hope to find time to visit others over the next few days.

Suko said...

I,too, enjoyed reading your answers to this holiday meme. Have a wonderful Christmas, Petty! :)

Mamakucingbooks said...

Dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and may all your wishes be granted


Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I enjoyed all your answers!
The hotel thing would be a great idea as I'm thinking of it now.

Big hugs!