I know. I know. I’m a bit late to the whole Christmas tag/Blogmas thing or whatever it’s called. Better late than never though.

Anyway, there’s 4 days until Christmas and I feel like everything has gone so quickly this year. I’ve spoken to customers at work and so many of them have said how fast 2016 has gone and how sick of Christmas shopping they are. Then again, shopping for hours on end in the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere does take a toll on you. What used to be a novelty for me is now something I roll my eyes at. But if you do love your shopping, Chadstone is the place to go.  I’m not sure what other places do, but most shopping centres in Melbourne have a 34 hour trade period between the 23rd and 24th of December- which basically means it’s open for 34 hours. Now you can imagine how hectic that gets. Anyway, in the spirit of Christmas, I’ve decided to do a bit of a Christmas tag. I was initially going to do a couple of lists but then decided that the Christmas tag would be far more efficient.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

I’ve always loved The Santa Clause and consider it a classic. Actually, just throw in all the Santa Claus movies. I absolutely love Nothing Like the Holidays. Not only does it have a great cast, but it’s a great mix of comedy and family drama that many of us can relate to in some form of another. I do have to give an honourable mention Christmas in Conway which I have to say is one of the most adorable, gut-wrenching Christmas movies out there. It was on as a midday movie once and as a big fan of Andy Garcia, I decided to watch it and got completely hooked on it…even though I should have been studying. It was a study break, ok? I just needed to know if he finished building the ferris wheel or not!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Nope. Living in Australia, it’s kind of a bit too hot for a white Christmas. I spent 2015 in Croatia, but unfortunately it didn’t snow in Sibenik.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Usually at home in Melbourne, but who knows where I’ll be in the future.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Ha…well…here we go. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved Drummer Boy since I was a little kid and it’s sort of just stuck with me. My favourite versions are by Aly & AJ and Josh Groban (that instrumental in Groban’s though- goosebumps much?). Another favourite is naturally All I want for Christmas is you. Even though it gets played way too much at work, I just couldn’t hate it. It’s so catchy and upbeat and just a fabulous sing-a-long…and oddly relatable. Although, I seem to never get “all I want for Christmas”…anyway, moving on from my non-existent love life. Feliz Navidad is another favourite- it’s catchy and it makes me look smart when I can sing the Spanish part. Once I was in a shop with two of my friends and it started playing and of course I started singing along to it- both the Spanish and English parts- and my friends just stared at me for a second before walking off on me.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope. That’s left for Christmas day in my family. Unless, there’s a relative who insists.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Hardly. Rudolph. Prancer. Dancer? (Is Dancer one or am I just mixing him up with Prancer?) Honestly, asking me to name the reindeer is like asking me to name all of Snow White’s 7 dwarves- although I have gotten better at that since watching Once Upon a Time.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Eating all the food to be honest. I’m not much of a baker so all the actual production of the creation of all the food is not something I particularly enjoy doing. Other than that, probably watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas songs. We also have Carols by Candelight here so I’m looking forward to watching that one Christmas Eve.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s real this year- much to my dad’s dismay because he has hayfever. He reacts to the real trees and I react to the fake one because of the dust so nobody wins. I love real Christmas trees because it makes the house smell like Christmas. It’s not until I smell that pine tree scent that I can tell it’s really Christmas. Whilst we’re on the topic of Christmas trees, you know it’s really Christmas when my parents won’t stop blabbing on about how many times I pulled the Christmas tree onto me or almost did so when I was a kid….

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

Honestly, I just love the excuse to have an abundance of food. My family often has a pig on the spit or something of the sort and it’s absolutely divine. As for sweets, we have heaps of Croatian sweets that are absolutely to die for. Two of my favourites would have to be mađarica and medenjake. Another more recent sweet I like are rum balls- I never used to be a fan but this year it’s been a struggle not to polish off everything on the tray. They’re addictive.

Be honest, do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
This one’s a bit tough because I’m not really in the financial state to give as much as I would like. However, it does get exciting waiting to see someone’s reaction to the gift I got them. But I’m also going to sound like a selfish brat but I love receiving presents. Even though when people ask me what I want I tell them nothing and insist that they get me nothing, it’s always nice to get something.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

There have been a couple of good ones, but two that stand out are Australian Open tickets (which have become a tradition for me) and NKOTBSB tickets.

What would be your dream place to visit during holiday season? 

After being in Zagreb for a couple of days after Christmas last year and visiting the night markets, I’d have to primarily stick with European countries. Those night markets are amazing. I’d love to go back to Zagreb again for that. I learnt German for 6 years and along with that, came the awareness of of the Weihnachtsmarkt. So I’d say between Germany, Austria, France and those kind of countries. Additionally, I’d probably have to include New York because I’m cliche like that.

Are you a pro present wrapper or fail miserably?


Most memorable Christmas moment?

Probably spending it with my relatives in Sibenik last year.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I don’t know. It kind of just happened, but it’s all just a bit of fun. I don’t get people who so insistent on kids learning the “truth” about Santa. Like, just stop please. Go back under your non-festive rock, mate.

What makes the holidays special for you?

I guess it’s just the overall festivity that most people celebrate. It’s not like a birthday where only people who know who you are celebrate it, but it’s something many people have in common. A majority of the time, people are nice to each other and it’s just….relaxing. Also, it’s the only time of year where it’s technically acceptable to blast certain songs through the house.

What about you guys? Comment below.

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