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THE CHRISTMAS TAG

The Christmas Tag 2020 by Vania Cotta

With today being the beginning of Christmas week, I thought it was a good idea to start by answering a few Christmas questions with this ‘The Christmas Tag’. The Christmas Tag isn’t my idea however I’ve chosen the questions from other Christmas blogs I’ve been reading the past few days.

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THE CHRISTMAS TAG 2020

What is your favourite Christmas movie?

I know it sounds kiddish but I have a lot of rom-com Christmas favourites. Some of them include ultimate fairytales like The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch:Switched Again. Also, the three movies of ‘A Christmas Prince‘ sequel. These and most Christmas movies have a happy emotion and end with a happy ending.

Some other Christmas movies which I adore are Operation Christmas Drop, The Knight Before Christmas, Christmas Made To Order, just to name a few. Watching Christmas movies during the holiday season creates positive vibes and are perfect to set the festive mood.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home, with family. Irrespective of if we are in Goa or in London for Christmas, Christmas day is always celebrated with family.

Back home in Goa, at home in Agassaim, we used to start Christmas Eve by going for midnight mass at the Parish. Post midnight mass the entire family used to gather at one of my twin uncles place for some homemade Irish cream and Christmas sweets. My dad used to drive us all the way from Agassaim to Miramar. It became like our little Christmas tradition.

We mostly came back home at the wee hours of dawn and then slept until 11am. We had our extended family who used to come to wish us for Christmas and take Christmas blessings from my gran, their aunt. Later, we used to help our mum prepare her favourite garlic pulao and some chicken dish. There also used to be a mince pie and some pork dishes. A lot of meats, to be honest. I don’t think anyone eats vegetables for Christmas anyway unless they are vegetarian or vegan.

As kids we could taste wine twice a year only, Easter Sunday and Christmas day so you could only imagine how happy we were.

In the evening, the entire family used to get together for some food, drinks, caroling and most importantly for secret Santa. This year might be a little different but I hope this tradition is always carried on.

Be honest..do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

The kid in me and I’m sure the kid in everyone would love receiving gifts from everyone. But I do really enjoy gifting others as I can DIY the gifts, wrap them very well, add very Christmasy handmade tags and also as I love cooking and baking maybe add some Christmas sweets and food to the gift too.

Favourite festive foods?

My comforting beef mince pie.

Besides that, I also love homemade roast dinners like roasted chicken or turkey maybe with a side of roast potatoes and some gravy. I also enjoy a nice slice of boozy rich Christmas cake.

Favourite festive drink?

Hands down this has to be some luxury rich thick hot chocolate with some marshmallows. Besides this I also love homemade mulled wine, homemade Irish cream and homemade egg nog.

Favourite Christmas scents?

Anything with apples, cinnamons and oranges. I also love the sweet smell of freshly baked cakes and cookies.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

As mentioned above, we normally go for midnight mass followed by visiting my uncles place.

Some years we come home after midnight mass, have a family photoshoot wearing our new Christmas dresses around the decorated and lit Christmas tree and the crib. This was later followed by some hot coffee or hot chocolate and some Christmas cake and Christmas sweets.

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Throwback to my last Christmas at home in 2018 before getting married.

We used to also sing a carol or two. Those were the days!

What tops your tree?

We have an artificial Christmas tree. This Christmas tree has a transparent star with some fibre lights in it. Normally, we always have a star which tops the Christmas tree.

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

No, not really. It generally snows during January and February. But I always hope, that one day I will eventually have a white Christmas.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

My favourite Christmas song is It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas by Michael Bublé. I also have other favourite Christmas carols which I love like Snowman by Sia, Just like it’s Christmas by Jonas Bros, etc.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

We’ve always had an artificial Christmas tree. I don’t believe in cutting down a tree, decorating it and then burning it.

Back home in Goa, we always had a huge natural Christmas tree outside in the garden. This was always decorated for Christmas with huge lights and tinsel.

Are you a professional gift wrapper or a newbie?

I think my gift wrapping skills are average. My father used to love gift wrapping and back home he was in charge of doing it for all of us every year.

What makes Christmas special for you?

There’s something about the holiday season that just feels my heart with so much joy. The whole place is lit with lights and everyone has the festive cheer and twinkle in their eyes. There is definitely something magical about Christmas.

This year 2020 has been rough on all of us. So more than ever, Christmas is special this year because I’m grateful to be healthy and alive. Besides that 28th December is also our wedding anniversary, which makes this season even more special. December is my favourite month.

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

One year I received a hand-painted apron from my cousin as my secret Santa gift. That was the best Christmas gift I’ve ever received and I still have it with me even after so many years.

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This is my favourite Christmas gift I received from my cousin as a secret Santa gift many years back.

Coloured lights or white lights?

I think white lights look really classy but I would also go for a blue lights only Christmas some day.

Rum spiced hot chocolate or Mulled wine?

Hot chocolate any day!!!!!!

Chocolate or Christmas candy?

Chocolate all the way!!!

That’s all for today’s the Christmas Tag post guys. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s new blogmas post.

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