Saturday, 7 December 2013
Countdown to Christmas Day 7: Festive Fun Q&A with Margaret James
Today it's the turn of author Margaret James to answer a few festive fun questions in the Countdown to Christmas feature.
What’s your earliest or favourite Christmas memory?
When I was five or six, coming downstairs on Christmas morning and finding the doll I’d been hoping to get since September sitting under the Christmas tree.
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Seeing the closest members of my family again.
Do you have any family traditions that you always follow?
I always bake, ice and decorate the family Christmas cake.
Do you do the whole traditional Christmas dinner or have alternative?
We do the whole traditional Christmas dinner thing, using as much home-grown and home-made stuff as possible, including a Christmas pudding which is always made the previous year. So this year we’ll be eating the one I made back in October 2012. Apparently the Queen does this – has year-old Christmas pudding for her Christmas dinner. My mother read it in a magazine, so it must be true.
What’s good enough for Her Majesty…
What’s your favourite Christmas song or carol?
Once in Royal David’s City, sung by the choir of King’s College Cambridge – always has me in floods!
What film do you hope to curl up and watch on Christmas afternoon?
The Hobbit – I’ve only seen it three times J.
Do you have a favourite Christmas book that you read again and again?
Trisha Ashley’s Twelve Days of Christmas has become a big favourite.
Which singer/band would you like to turn up carol singing at your door?
My sister’s wonderful local choir, The Helen Vereker Singers - http://www.helenvereker.com/hvs/
Which celebrity would you like to snog under the mistletoe?
Mr Richard Armitage, where are you hiding now?
If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It would have to be somewhere cold and snowy – perhaps Minnesota, where my daughter lives and which certainly delivers on snow!
What’s top of your wishlist this Christmas?
One of my best friends has a degenerative eye condition and my number one wish is for medical science to find a cure and save her sight.
If you could do one good deed for someone less fortunate than yourself this Christmas, what would it be?
I’ll be off to the Oxfam shop soon to buy goats, chickens and seeds for people in the Third World in the form of gift cards for my relations. This has become a family tradition. The more unusual the gift, the better!
Now a few quickfire questions to close...
Tree: real or artificial? Artificial
Fairy Lights: White or Multi-Coloured? White
Drink: Mulled Wine or Bucks Fizz? Buck’s Fizz
Food: Mince Pies or Xmas Pud? Xmas Pud
Games: Monolopy, Trivial Pursuit or something else? Scrabble
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