Merry Christmas Eve!
My 12 Days of Christmas are coming to an end tomorrow with another festive Top Ten Tuesday post, but today I thought I’d talk about some festivities that don’t only include books. I mean I do love books, but even I enjoy a few other things too…
My Favourite Christmas Book
Let’s get the books out the way with first, shall we? Weirdly even though Christmas is my favourite time of year, I don’t think I’ve read many Christmassy books. This probably isn’t going to surprise any book bloggers out there and is going to seem like such an obvious answer, but I think my favourite Christmas book has to be My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins simply because there’s a story in it for everyone. My personal favourite was Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han, which was adorable.
My Favourite Christmas Film
This is harder because there are so many I love. I adore The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Holiday and, of course, The Muppet Christmas Carol, but I think my absolute favourite has to be the 2009 adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. It feels so Dickensian and true to the original story, and both the animation and soundtrack are beautiful. Plus the moment where Scrooge can hear Marley slowly dragging his chains up the stairs to his door still scares the crap out of me.
My Favourite Christmas Song
Again, there are so many great ones that I love! I love Saviour’s Day and I also love Celtic Woman’s rendition of Carol of the Bells, but my favourite since childhood has been Chris de Burgh’s A Spaceman Came Travelling. I have vivid memories of listening to it in the car during long journeys to visit family at Christmas, and when it was dark outside and everyone’s Christmas lights were glowing that chorus seemed so magical to me.
My Favourite Christmas TV Special
You know it’s Christmas when your favourite shows start airing their festive specials. I love the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special, but my absolute favourite Christmas Special has to be from one of my all-time favourite shows: The Vicar of Dibley.
In an episode simply titled ‘Winter’ Geraldine decides to host a Nativity, with her pregnant best friend Alice (played by the late, great and dearly missed Emma Chambers) makes for the perfect Virgin Mary. Everything doesn’t quite go to plan, however, when Alice goes into labour during the performance. There’s also this lovely scene in which Geraldine explains why the story of the Nativity is so important to her.
The Vicar of Dibley is one of those warm, silly shows that wouldn’t work now, it was very much of its time in the ’90s and early 2000s, but I love it because its humour was never cruel. Plus Dawn French as the title character was one of the first plus size women I ever saw on television who wasn’t just there to be the butt of the joke.
My Favourite Christmas Tradition
One of the things I love about Christmas is asking other people what they’re doing. I love learning about what traditions other families, whether biological or found, have at this time of year. For some families Christmas is still very much a religious holiday while for others it’s an opportunity to take some time off work to get inordinately pissed.
My favourite part of Christmas is probably today – Christmas Eve!
When I was younger I loved Christmas Eve because I was so excited knowing Father Christmas was on his way and I loved the anticipation of waking up in the morning to see if he and his reindeer had eaten the treats we’d left for him.
Christmas Eve is still special for me and that’s thanks to what my parents and I have come to know as ‘picky bits’ supper. Because let’s face it, what’s Christmas without amazing food?
First, a little family history! I have two older sisters – my oldest is ten years my senior, and my other is eight years my senior – and they’re both married with children of their own now, so my Christmas is just my parents and I. It’s nice and cosy and I love knowing I always have my parents’ house to come back to until I one day have a permanent home of my own, wherever that might be.
For as long as I can remember, our Christmas Eve tradition has to been to watch something festive – whether it’s a film or a TV special – and sit down with an amazing spread my lovely parents put together. There’s cheese, crackers, cold meats, bread, celery, peppers, grapes, olives, crisps… essentially anything and everything you might want, we have it, and I look forward to it every year.