So it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow and by the time you’re reading this, Mick, Alfie and I will be tucked up in a little cottage in Scotland. There will be a little cottage tour going up tomorrow (as I’m writing this a few days in advance, I still don’t quite know what to expect), but I have a little problem. My problem is that this has probably been the least festive Blogmas that a blogger has ever done. To make up for this, I thought that I would share with you a couple of the things I love about Christmas.
Oh God I love the food at Christmas. Admittedly I don’t love the fact that I’m the one who has to cook it all but I really love Christmas dinner. I also love all the snacks and the treats, so I thought I’d give you my Top 3 things to eat over the festive season.
1 – Pigs In Blankets: Who doesn’t love a good old chipolata wrapped up in bacon? I bloody love them and they’re easily my favourite part of my lunch. As a child I would get positively giddy when these came out of the oven, but now I sneak a couple as I’m preparing the rest of the lunch. There has to be some perk to being stuck in the kitchen right?
2 – Prawn Cocktail: Yes, we’re retro in this house. My Mum used to always make this as our starter on Christmas Day and it’s one of her traditions that I have continued. Ok, so I don’t serve them in a weird red glass like she used to, the salad cream has made way for mayo, the iceberg has been replaced by little gem and I add tabasco and Cayenne pepper, but the general vibe is still there. I don’t even care that foodies look down their noses at it – a good old prawn cocktail has served us well over many many years.
3 – Pick N Mix: Before you think I’ve lost the plot, I don’t mean an overpriced bag of sweets. For tea on Christmas Day we have a selection of foods that you can pick at (we often live off this for a couple of days as I moan about how much cooking I had to do lol). From party food, to cold meats, to pickles, it was always something to look forward to when I was little. Now that I’m the one doing the cooking, I like to go all out and prepare a feast that would probably feed the whole street.
Christmas music fills me with utter joy. I start listening to it in November and the second Heart Xmas starts, I get super excited. I refuse to listen to any other music from December 1st until the big day and I’m not ashamed. Picking my Top 3 was easier than I’d expected, although there is a long list of songs that I love.
1 – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey): Is it even Christmas without Mariah prancing in the snow in her red ski suit? From the second the opening notes start, a smile appears on my face and I just have to sing along. Now I can’t sing for toffee, but put that song on and I’m convinced I’m a festive diva.
2 – Last Christmas (Wham): I adore this song and it’s even more poignant this year after George Michael’s death last year. This is another one that I just have to sing along to. It really is such a good song, although I’m not really a fan of the video. I could happily listen to this all year long.
3 – Fairytale of New York (The Pogues): This has made the list for purely sentimental reasons. It was my Mum’s favourite Christmas song and it always tickles me that she loved it. My Mum was a Vicar’s wife who liked to put on her airs and graces at times, but to hear her singing ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot’ was a sight to behold. Whenever I hear it I get mixed emotions – I get a smile on my face but I also get a bit sad as it makes me miss her so much.
I was going to include films, but I honestly don’t have a favourite Christmas film. I could have included some favourite memories, but this year that just feels a little bit too hard. So I will stick with the food and the music, as they’re what really get me excited at this time of year. Obviously I love the presents and spending time with Mick, that goes without saying.
What things do you love about Christmas?