Saturday, 14 December 2013
Countdown to Christmas Day 14: Festive Fun Q&A with Danielle
The latest participant in my Countdown to Christmas features is guest reviewer Danielle with a festive fun Q&A.
What’s your earliest or favourite Christmas memory?
Christmas was always massive in our family when I was growing up. We had a routine of always going to Newcastle to see a moving display in Fenwick’s (a local department store) window. The theme changed every year and it was a highlight of the year. It is still an event to this day.
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Doing lots of festive things with my little boy. He’s four and at a lovely age to enjoy the magic!
Do you have any family traditions that you always follow?
Apart from Fenwick’s window, we always go to Beamish Museum to visit Santa Claus. Beamish is a living museum set in the early twentieth century and they do Christmas so well. We also choose a new special bauble for the tree each year. Before the little one came along, we always attended Durham Cathedral on Christmas Eve, so atmospheric and haunting.
Do you do the whole traditional Christmas dinner or have alternative?
Traditional all the way, though I’m not the biggest fan of turkey.
What’s your favourite Christmas song or carol?
Oh, you can’t make me choose only one!! From recent times, Last Christmas and I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day. Carols-wise, I’ve always liked Once in Royal David’s City and In the Bleak Mid-Winter.
What film do you hope to curl up and watch on Christmas afternoon?
No chance of curling up on Christmas afternoon with a four year old and a room full of new toys!
Do you have a favourite Christmas book that you read again and again?
Not really, no. Certainly not a Christmas-themed book.
Which singer/band would you like to turn up carol singing at your door?
Errrr, too old for all of that!
Which celebrity would you like to snog under the mistletoe?
Happily married, thank you very much!
If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’ve spent Christmas abroad before and I’m afraid it doesn’t have the same magic if you’re not at home surrounded by your loved ones.
What’s top of your wishlist this Christmas?
Health and contentment for the whole family.
If you could do one good deed for someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmas, what would it be?
I’d hope that nobody would have to spend Christmas day alone.
Now a few quickfire questions to finish...
Tree: real or artificial? Real
Fairy Lights: White or Multi-Coloured? White – and twinkling!
Drink: Mulled Wine or Bucks Fizz? Can’t choose. Bucks Fizz for Christmas morning. Mulled Wine for nights in front of the TV.
Food: Mince Pies or Xmas Pud? Xmas pud
Games: Monolopy, Trivial Pursuit or something else? Not my bag, I’m afraid!