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 Nia from The Cardiff Cwtch.
The Cardiff Cwtch
I’ve been blogging at The Cardiff Cwtch for three years (wow, that’s gone fast!). I started blogging after I left London and moved back to my hometown of Cardiff. I was feeling a little bit lost – I didn’t know what I wanted to do and felt like I’d kind of lost my mojo in a way. I wanted my own little plot of the internet – somewhere where I could just scrapbook my new/old life over the bridge in Wales, post whatever I was baking, wearing, enjoying. Fast forward a couple of years and I’m still loving it!
Cwtch is a Welsh word that has no literal translation and can mean one of several things. It can be a cuddle, a warm and safe place, or it can be used to describe feeling cosy. And that’s basically what The Cardiff Cwtch is – I post recipes for the food that makes me happy, photos of my home and wherever I go with my dog, Bungle.
1) Where do you spend Christmas Day and what do you usually do?
I spend Christmas in my house with my husband and my dog – the last couple of years we’ve hosted Christmas which is so much work, but totally worth it! My inlaws travel up from London and stay over, and my Mum and Dad camp over at my brother’s house (he lives right around the corner). My husband, Bungle (my dog) and I usually dig into our stockings in bed first thing in the morning before everything kicks off – it’s nice to take some time just for our little family of three. Then, when everyone arrives we open presents, dig into a massive roast and usually polish the day off with an epic game of Cards Against Humanity.
2) Do you have any traditions which your family have or you have started?
My husband and I like to collect tree decorations from all the places we’ve travelled to – we always challenge ourselves to find the weirdest one we can – plain old baubles are officially banned. We’ve got Ampelmen from Berlin, a sea turtle from Florida, a Venetian Mask from Venice, a Donkey from Santorini… It’s nice when you get around to putting the tree up and you get all the decorations out and reminisce about the places you’ve travelled to together. Also, my Mum and I always sit down and watch The Family Stone together.
3) Which Christmas character would you like to be and why?
I’m an 80s kid and one of my absolute favourite Christmas movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Having started hosting Christmas myself, I can definitely relate to Clark Griswold – so desperate to put on the best Christmas ever and everything just going catastrophically wrong!
4) If you were able to invite 3 famous figures (past or present) to Christmas dinner, who would you invite and why?
Dawn French (I love her), Robert Downey Jr (he’s awesome) and can I say Donald Trump? Just purely because I reckon it would be the perfect opportunity to give him extra (poisoned) brussel sprouts.
5) If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Definitely at home with my family – I don’t think I could ever be somewhere warm at Christmas time, that just feels odd! Tell you what though, I was always really jealous of Kevin McCallister spending Christmas at the Plaza Hotel in New York in Home Alone 2. I bet that would be amazing!
6) Tell us your best Christmas cracker joke…
“Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance? Because he had nobody to go with!”
7 ) In the past I have asked about your favourite song & movie, this year I’m asking, what is your favourite Christmas TV Special?
French and Saunders, no contest. I used to stay up late when I was a kid to catch the French and Saunders Christmas special. Oh! Also, The Vicar of Dibley special where Geraldine has to eat all those Christmas dinners.
8) Do you own any Christmas Jumpers, and do you have any favourites?
I’ve got a very traditional-looking red fair isle one, but it gets waaaaaaay too hot and itchy wearing it on Christmas day while I’m cooking! I’ve got a pink jumper from Oliver Bonas that I like to wear instead; it’s officially the softest jumper I’ve ever owned and I LOVE it.
9) Do you usually hit the shops or do your shopping online?
A bit of both! I tend to do the majority of my shopping online and only venture out to the shops when I’m really stuck for ideas and need a little inspiration.
10) Where is your favourite place to visit on the run up to Christmas?
I love Cardiff at Christmas time. Seeing the lights and the Christmas market and everyone buying presents… it gets me in the holiday mood.
What have you got coming up on your blog in 2019?
Who knows what 2019’s going to bring blog-wise! Anyone who follows me knows I’m food mad – there are plenty more recipes coming up for 2019 as well as more of the usual lifestyle mix. I’ve also really gotten into IGTV this year, I’ve been enjoying posting short recipe videos to accompany my blog posts. 😊