Welcome back to my Christmas Blogger Q&A series. The series is running from 1st December right up to the big day. Today we welcome Natalie from The Spoonie Mummy.
The Spoonie Mummy
Hi, my name is Natalie and I am 32 from Derby in the Midlands. My blog is called The Spoonie Mummy and I write about life and parenting with chronic illnesses. I enjoy supporting the chronic illness community, particularly those with similar issues to me – I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Iritis, Crohn’s Disease, Ostopenia, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety and have suffered with depression. I have also had a hip replacement and have an ileostomy due to my Crohns Disease. I am a cup half full kind of girl and believe that even with chronic illness, people can lead happy and meaningful lives. I post about health issues, parenting and being a step parent, recipes, book reviews, product reviews and more!
1) Where do you spend Christmas Day and what do you usually do?
We usually spend Christmas Day with my mum and dad. Since splitting with the boys Dad we have arranged custody and I have the boys every year for Christmas Day (he has them at New Year). Presents, Dad cooks dinner and plenty of board games is generally what we do during the day.
2) Do you have any traditions which your family have or you have started?
It is a tradition that my Dad always goes downstairs first to ‘check he has been’. He always tries to pretend we have to go back to bed as he hasn’t yet! We still make him do it now even though we are grown up! Presents get opened first in our house – I know some families wait and have breakfast, get dressed and things first but I think that is a bit mean! Our elf on the shelf leaves on Christmas Eve and will always leave the Christmas Eve box behind which contains PJ’s, treats, a new Christmas book for the bedtime story, a Christmas movie, Santa’s key, some reindeer food etc. I always get the boys a new set of books and a board game for Christmas Day too. I also have to eat turkey on Christmas Day too. We can have other meats as well but I insist as it is tradition!
3) Which Christmas character would you like to be and why?
I think I would make a good Mrs Claus with all my Christmas baking. I am good with children (I used to be a nursery nurse) so would be able to keep the elves in check too. I also love wrapping presents and think she has a lot of that to do so I would be in my element!
4) If you were able to invite 3 famous figures (past or present) to Christmas dinner, who would you invite and why?
Queen Victoria – I am a huge history fan and would love to meet her and hear more stories from her own mouth!
Kathleen Zellner – I have loved the second season of Making A Murderer and find this lady fascinating. Her drive, intelligence and determination is really inspiring and I would love to sit down and be able to talk to her
Channing Tatum – obviously for the intellectual conversation….
5) If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to do Christmas in Australia one year just to experience the hot weather and a barbecued turkey! It would be magical to celebrate at either Lapland or Disney too, I am a huge Christmas fan and a big kid at heart.
6) Tell us your best Christmas cracker joke…
What does Miley Cyrus have for Christmas Dinner?
7 ) In the past I have asked about your favourite song & movie, this year I’m asking, what is your favourite Christmas TV Special?
I am not a huge TV fan and Christmas Day is a time when the TV stays off all day to be honest! I do record things and have enjoyed the Call The Midwife Christmas specials and the Mrs Browns Boys ones the last few years.
8) Do you own any Christmas Jumpers, and do you have any favourites?
I normally get a new one every year! I haven’t got mine yet for this year but have seen a ‘Gin-gle Bells’ one I thought was fitting!
9) Do you usually hit the shops or do your shopping online?
I love to hit the shops at Christmas! The lights, the music, the Christmas treats on offer! Although not when it gets too busy! You can’t beat the Eggnog Latte from Starbucks or a Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa.
10) Where is your favourite place to visit on the run up to Christmas?
My mum always likes to organise a special day out for the grand-kids and we often tag along too! We did the Santa Express last year and this year we are going to a special Santa breakfast. It is lovely to do something fun for the kids and to get some quality family time. I really love the Christmas markets too – and a little glass or two of mulled wine on the way round. Although not a regular church attendee, I do like to go on Christmas Eve to the carol service by candlelight at my local church.