Dec 16, 2015

Agi & Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview with Tanya & Giveaway


Interview with Tanya

What’s your best Christmas memory?

I think that would be the first year after my eldest was born. Both my husband and I were so excited that we couldn’t sleep. So instead we went downstairs to open our stockings and were watching the “baby”, who was nearly 11 months old, on a TV monitor that we had. She woke up with a massive smile and was feeling the presents in her stocking. Another that stands out is the year I was pregnant with the youngest and Sian came into the room on Christmas morning asking if I had had the baby for Christmas. Thankfully no I had her 5 days later.

What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

I don’t really have three favourite Christmas reads, not ones that I read again and again, although last year I did love The Great Christmas Knit off by Alexandra Brown. I love Christmas books in general so if you have any suggestions for me I would be grateful.

If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

This is a hard one and I am not really sure of my answer. For me as I am lucky enough to have most of my grandparents alive I think it would be my dad’s brother as I cannot remember him and it would be nice to meet him. Christmas is for family and it is important to me to have as much of the family around as possible.

What are your thoughts about Santa?

I believe in the magic of Santa and love seeing the excitement on children’s faces at that time of year. I do think that there are too many around now though and that the numbers should be limited. My husband and I still do each other a stocking and will continue to even when the girls don’t believe any more, which unfortunately I think will be soon. I am hoping that they still believe in the magic and continue to be excited by it all.

What are your best and worse Christmas gifts and why?

Funnily enough my best and worst is probably the same. It is socks. As a child my parents have a tape of me getting so excited to have socks in my stocking that every year since I have had socks. I also give socks to the Girls and hubby in their stockings. It’s a very partial gift that we all need. Of course when we get them we have to shout socks in our most excited voice.

Your favourite Christmas song?

I am a bit old school and like Silent Night. I love going to the choral service at my local Salvation Army. I can’t sing but like to go and at least mime the words and enjoy listening to others.

Your favoutite Christmas movie?

I think it has to be Miracle on 34th street. Although every year on the run up to Christmas I do like to watch Santa Claus the movie with the girls. It is a must to watch Christmas movies whilst wrapping presents.

Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?

My daughters have asked for books this year. I am getting Sian the 13 year old the Christmas Geek girl and Ffion is having the latest book by David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson. 

Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas? 

I used to love wrapping presents and making them look special but now I feel different as I struggle to wrap presents as it hurts so others have to do it for me. My favourite part is watching everyone open their gifts and seeing their faces. I also really enjoy sitting around the table in the evening playing family games and eating junk food and having the occasional drink. Christmas is really busy for us as we are very social and like to have people over or do things with the family. We also celebrate our youngest birthday on the 30th with lots of friends and family going to the pantomime.

The best Christmas food is…… 

I love Christmas dinner as my husband makes an amazing cooked dinner. Along with my daughters he also makes fantastic Christmas cake. We are lucky as we always have two of these as my youngest daughter always insists on having a Christmas cake for her birthday. However my favourite food is Christmas pudding with extra thick cream and I always have second helpings.

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64 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I have mixed memories from Christmas. I've had disastrous Christmases that included Layoffs, Car Wrecks, Fires, Loneliness, Terrible Weather and other calamities. Reality is that Christmas is NOT always all candy and nuts. The bad memories come back this time of year and cause me anxiety. Let's hope this year is a good year. Merry Christmas.

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  2. thanks so much!!!! have a great holiday season!

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  3. have a great holiday season. my memory about chritmas are eat an turkey and i pass bad!

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  4. My favorite Christmas is when my daughter was 2. It was our last Christmas with her Great Grandma. It was a wonderful day.

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  5. The best Christmas food is baked ham with an apricot glaze :)

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  6. This year will probably be the worst so far as it'll be the first without Dad who died back in April. It still doesn't seem real - I keep expecting him to pop his head round my door for a chat.

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  7. My favorite Christmas memories are all new and with my daughters. Dad was Jewish, mom Catholic and she forbade and Christmas participation in our home and school.That included threatening lawsuits over Santa worksheets in class, etc. (Yes, she's always been extremist on such things.)

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  8. Waking up on x-mas morning and waiting on top the steps for dad and bio-mom.

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  9. I think I pretty much answered all your interview Qs by now..but OK, fave tradition is decorating and making decorations with my kids. Luka is only 3 so he's really messy :)

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    1. Great memories to cherish. They grow so quickly

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  10. My favorite Christmas memory: Not necessarily the most memorable, but last year had a golden moment at 3 pm. My parents have set the aspect ratio wrongly on the television, as a result of which the sides of the screen are cut off, often affecting credits and captions. On Christmas Day, as a result of this mis-setting cutting off the edge of the 'n', we watched the address to the Kingdom and Commonwealth by "The Queer".

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  11. I do love my stuffing, especially at Christmas :) !!

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  12. My worst christmas present was very out-of-date packet of strawberry biscuits - I'm allergic to strawberries!
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  13. We give socks for Christmas too. Usually some fun or fancy socks.

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  14. Me thinking santa was in my house as i could hear someone moving about downstairs! Was my fav memory x

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  15. Nice interview. I believe in letting children enjoy the magic of Christmas for as long as you can. I think it changes when you know about Santa.

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  16. Thanks for the interview. I let my children believe in Santa as long as they wanted. Unfortunately kids at school told them the truth!

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  17. I enjoyed the interview, I also get and give socks each year.

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  18. I just love cakes ☺ -Mary Rose Benipayo

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  19. My worst Christmas gift was from my husband in 1998. My daughter was just 6 week old and he bought me a SlenderTone machine!!! I was so insulted!!! I think he meant well, but, Boy, was I mad!!!

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    1. I think I would not forgive him. Hope his gift ideas have improved.

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  20. My worst Christmas gift was from my husband in 1998. My daughter was just 6 week old and he bought me a SlenderTone machine!!! I was so insulted!!! I think he meant well, but, Boy, was I mad!!!

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  21. i wonder what you are calling christmas cake^^ but it's great that you are making it in family

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    1. Fruit cake. Similar to the type used for wedding cake

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  22. Favourite christmas dish is Cakes!!

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  23. My favourite Christmas memory was 17 years ago yesterday when my youngest son was born.It was perfect timing just a week before Christmas, just gave us time to get settled before the big day xx 👶🎁

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  24. My favourite Christmas food is roasted turkey with onion and bacon stuffing! Yummy!!!

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  25. my favourite christmas song is Silent night and also Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea

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  26. I also like Silent Night. I remember learning it as a child and loving it even though the only part I know is the very beginning.

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  27. Silent Night is a beautiful song. I like Let It Snow.

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  28. My favourite Christmas were the last ones that spend with my grandfather. I really miss him!

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  29. My favorite Christmas foods are glazed ham and cranberries. Of course, sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are super delicious too!

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  30. Your favoutite Christmas movie? While you were sleeping (1995) with Sandra Bullock. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  31. I remember all the delicious cookies my mom would make for Christmas.
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  32. My favorite Holiday movie is Home Alone :)
    Happy Holidays :)

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  33. I too wish i could have another Christmas with my grandparents

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  34. My favourite Christmas movie is The Snowman

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  35. My best Christmas memories which are ongoing is watching the children unwrap their gifrs

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