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Christmas Traditions Quiz with Virgin Experience Days
1. Best present you’ve been gifted & gifted to someone else?
This is a hard one. I would have said the Macbook Air that my hubby bought me a few years back, although after I spilled orange juice on it and totally fried its insides, that’s a bit of a sore topic (Apples and oranges eh?). So I’ll have to go back to my childhood when I had the biggest package ever waiting for me under the tree. After much squishing, I could tell it was something cuddly. I opened it to discover my dad had bought me a gorgeously soft toy lion. Aslan became the guardian of my dreams and keeper of my secrets and I actually kept him in my bedroom until well into my twenties!
The best present I’ve given someone is probably the Winnie the Pooh I bought for Ezra’s first Christmas. It’s still his favourite teddy. Otherwise, I’d say it’s a Jawbone Jambox wireless speaker I bought the mister a couple of years back. We’re both big music heads and he takes it everywhere.
2. Family Christmas traditions?
My favourite tradition at this time of year actually happens on New Year’s Eve, when we ‘pimp our Christmas tree’ with mini disco balls, paper masks and champagne bubble blowers! For Christmas, if we’re with my in-laws in Nice, we follow the French tradition of celebrating the night before with some food, wine and opening gifts on Christmas Eve.
This year I’m looking forward to starting a new tradition of making up a Christmas Eve box for everyone with popcorn, new pyjamas, treats and a Christmas DVD. For weird family traditions, my stepson Isaac and I had a running joke about dancing to Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine, but the less said about that the better!
3. Earliest Christmas memory?
One of my earliest Christmas memories was as a child in Nigeria when, for some reason, all the kids were running around in these fake white Santa beards that brought us out in a terrible rash! Nearly ruined that Christmas. Also we would go to Santa’s grotto in our local supermarket in Enugu (my birth town). I distinctly remember toddling along what seemed like an endless tunnel, filled with weird glittery bits and eerie music, and being quite terrified of who I was going to meet at the other end!
4. Favourite Christmas movie?
I absolutely love Elf with Will Ferrell, it cracks me up every time. Another non-traditional Christmas movie that has me on the floor is Trading Places with Eddie Murphy. But for a classic Christmas story, you can’t beat Miracle on 34th Street. My favourite is the version with Natalie Woods.
5. When does Christmas officially start for you?
As a blogger, Christmas starts in July! Every year, we get invites from brands and department stores to check out their Christmas ranges, way ahead of the season. Seriously though, I get that Christmas feeling once the main London attractions open e.g. Skate at Somerset House, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and the Southbank Centre Winter Festival.
Strolling around one of London’s most scenic spots with the babes on a frosty evening, glass of mulled wine in my hands, is my idea of Christmas heaven. Another treat is listening to the carol singers who gather every year outside Burlington Arcade. Fabulous!
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