Welcome to day 20 of the Christmas Blogger Q&A. Today’s Christmas Q&A is with Libby from Love, Libby UK.
Love, Libby UK
Hi! I’m Libby, I’m a 24 year old blogger based in Hertfordshire who loves a pretty lipstick. I blog at Love, Libby UK and have been part of the blog game since March 2016. Love, Libby is a beauty and lifestyle blog that I can’t keep up with half the time, but when things are going good, its real good! I’m rubbish at time keeping and meeting deadlines (Steph knows this far to well), but if you need a friend I’ll be there to listen to your problems and offer you a glass of wine. Or Baileys, at Christmas!
Question 1 – What’s your Christmas tradition?
Hmmmmm, me and my family don’t have any major Christmas “traditions”. We tend to go with the flow every year. I think the only consistency we have is the Christmas Eve takeaway thing. For some reason, every Christmas Eve we order take out food. Even though most years me and my brother have been at a relatives for “tea”, by 8pm you can bet your life we’ve gone home to Mummy’s and a Dominos is en route! It probably stems from when I was little and my parents putting so much effort into Christmas they just didn’t have time to think about what they were going to cook the night before, either way, I’m not complaining.
Question 2 – What is your favourite Christmas indulgence?
Give me allllllllllllllllllll the Baileys at Christmas. I want Baileys chocolate, hot chocolate, candles, ice cream and just on the rocks. I love it. Also Ferrero Rocher’s. They are my all time fave chocolate treat but for some reason I only ever eat them at Christmas. Buy me some in March and you bet your life I’ll open them on December 1st!… Wait, is that technically a tradition?
Question 3 – What is the best gift you have ever received?
Oh my. Honestly, I don’t know. I’m incredibly lucky and grateful that every Christmas I’ve ever had has been filled with beautiful and generous gifts, choosing 1 is impossible. As cliché as it sounds, however, this year has taught me that really presents don’t matter, being surrounded by your loved ones is a gift in itself and we shouldn’t take that for granted.
Question 4 – Are you an early gift buyer or leave them to the last minute?
Early, early, early! For me, organisation at Christmas is key. I’m also one of those people that goes OTT every year and buys way more then I need to, as well as forgetting what I’ve brought people and there for buying more. But I quite like it like that. For me, if I start early (I usually start in mid summer!) so I can afford to give everyone the gifts I want to and have the Christmas that I enjoy best.
Question 5 – Do you have a favourite shop to buy gifts?
Not particularly, and I’m big on the online shopping trend. Although every year I seem to forget this 1 fact about me… I hate going to a mall and Christmas shopping. It’s busy, it takes 45 minutes to park, people walk slow, the ques for the tills are mind numbing. But for some reason, I do it once every year until I remember I hate it. I just hate it. I’d rather sit in bed on the laptop, press buy and watch the parcels roll in! I’m quite the Amazon fan – they usually have everything I’m looking for. I do however quite enjoy looking in supermarkets for presents. I’ve found quite a few gems in my local Asda before!
Question 6 – Is there something which you always wanted for Christmas but never got?
I don’t think so! Wanna know a secret? Me and my family still make wish lists (I guess we just never grew up)… Only difference is that now they’re digital and online – thanks again, Amazon. That way we always get what we want and we don’t “waste money” on something that will sit in my brothers wardrobe for the rest of its life. I tend to add so much to my list on purpose so that I don’t notice what’s gone, and whatever I don’t receive at Christmas/for my birthday, I buy myself through the year anyway. If there’s ever anything I want real bad and don’t receive, I just pick it up myself in a boxing day sale and not really think much of it! I’m unfortunately very materialistic and all year long have a list as long as my arm of things that I “want”.
Question 7 – What is the most thoughtful gift that you brought someone?
I really don’t know! I try and just buy people what they want/what they ask for. I guess one year I brought my mum theatre tickets to see The Lion King, it was thoughtful because at the time I was 17, earning peanuts and totally skinted myself… My dad got a book from Poundland that year, he was thrilled!
Question 8 – If you could be in any Christmas movie, which one would you be in?
Love Actually! It’s just the cutest, sweetest most adorable film ever. Or maybe The Holiday. They’re both up there with my fave films for this time of year. Either way, as long as I end up on the arm of Hugh Grant or Jude Law, I don’t really mind.
Question 9 – What is your earliest Christmas memory?
Haha, this is embarrassing. I think my earliest Christmas memory happened at some point Christmas Day morning probably around 6am, I don’t know how old I was but I was young enough that I still believed in Santa. Our house had a back extension so outside of my bedroom window was a flat roof. I must have been dreaming, but obviously I didn’t know that at the time. I woke up in bed and I could see the silhouette (like shadow) of Santa’s sleigh and all the reindeer chilling on the flat roof! I waited a few mins before deciding id had enough and was going to wake up my parents to show them, to open the curtains to a whole lot of nothing, my mum just said something along the lines of “he must have heard you and gone to the next house” to humour me. Either I was dreaming, or Santa really does exist and I’ve seen him!
Question 10 – What makes Christmas special for you?
I think it’s just being surrounded by people you love. Families, big or small are busy. We all have different lives, jobs and responsibilities so we don’t see each other as much as we’d like to. It’s nice that every year no matter what we can all be together in 1 place to smile, laugh, sing, eat, drink and cry like we see each other every day. There’s so much love in the room you can feel the warmth and there’s never a dull moment!
What is something you have been proud of in terms of blogging this year?
What exciting things have you got planned for 2018?
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