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 Gwennan from Twenty Something Meltdown.
Twenty Something Meltdown
Hello hi it’s me again. I’m Gwennan from Twenty Something Meltdown back for a record THREE years taking part in Steph’s Christmas Q&A. This time of year you can expect to find me humming Christmas songs on repeat, eating everything in sight cos CHRISTMAAAAS and spending most of my free time wrapping presents. My blog this season will almost certainly form the same pattern as the last few months – great expectations for loads of amazing content, undoubtedly ending in a monthly round up where I apologise for being too busy to blog and complaining about it on Instagram.
1) Where do you spend Christmas Day and what do you usually do?
I have spent most of my life exclusively at home with Mum and Dad and my brother and grandparents doing the same traditions every year but for the past couple we’ve done something different every time. My brother has his own family now and spends the big day with his in laws and I moved in with mine a few years ago and then renovated my house with my partner in crime in January 2017. We’ve mixed it up a bit the past few years but last year I spent the morning with my Mum and Dad at their house and the afternoon with Jos’ family in his Mum and Dad’s house. This year we still haven’t figured out exactly what we’re doing – might just leave it up to the day before to decide!
2) Do you have any traditions which your family have or you have started?
Like I mentioned, traditions have sorta waned in the past few years whilst we figure out what our new ones are. Whilst we haven’t nailed the perfect balance for Christmas day itself yet I have curated a week long event of fun all around the big day, starting with a pre Christmas get together with friends, visiting my brother’s in laws on Christmas eve followed by a meal with Jos’ parents, we replicate Christmas day again on Boxing day with my brother’s family and my niece, I see my grandparents on the 27th for another Christmas dinner and then we host my parents and brother, sister in law and my niece for party food between Christmas and New Year and spend the last day of the year together playing board games at my Mum and Dad’s.
3) Which Christmas character would you like to be and why?
I feel like even with the stress of making it all happen, it’d be pretty fab to be Santa wouldn’t it? I like choosing and wrapping gifts more than I like getting my own goodies and I spend months working on the perfect pressie for each member of the family and looove seeing their reactions. I think for that reason alone I’d have to be the main man because imagine making that many children happy with the present they’ve been waiting all year for?
4) If you were able to invite 3 famous figures (past or present) to Christmas dinner, who would you invite and why?
Oh man what a question. I thought about going for someone informed and fabulous like Oprah because we could talk about politics and feminism and I think she’d be a right lol around the Christmas table but when we really get down to it – I’m more a Kardashian kinda gal. I don’t care which 3 of the world’s most famous family turn up but can you imagine a Kris Jenner organised Christmas? Bloody fabulous.
5) If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I genuinely wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere but at home. I just don’t think it would feel right to be anywhere but here with my family, whether it be all crammed into my own house or next door with Jos’ fam or at Mum and Dad’s with mine. What I would absolutely love though is to go away somewhere in the UK in the arse end of nowhere in a log cabin with my besties. I’m thinking hot chocolates, secret santa, matching pjs and a log fire. Bliss.
6) Tell us your best Christmas cracker joke…
In my mind you can’t beat the old cheesy classics but I did read a good topical one the other day…
Why isn’t Donald Trump attending midnight mass this year?
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 always always watch Mel and Griff’s Homemade Christmas from the 80s which my Dad introduced us to when we were younger. It’s not the most well known special but the old ones are always the best no? Also not Christmas related at all but me and my brother started a tradition of watching Greg Davies’ Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog live comedy DVD whilst wrapping Christmas presents and we can quote it word for word.
8) Do you own any Christmas Jumpers, and do you have any favourites?
My brother has bought me approx 3 presents in his life that he thought of himself and when we were both students hundreds of miles away from eachother back in about 2013 he bought me my first and only Christmas jumper from Primark and I’ve worn it every year ever since. It’s fluffy and has a polar bear on it with a stick out pom pom nose and even though it’s now probably about 2 sizes too small I always manage to squeeze into it and wear it for another year.
9) Do you usually hit the shops or do your shopping online?
A combination of both on the most part. I start my Christmas shopping in about October so that I can spread the cost and I hide everything away in the bottom of my wardrobe until it’s time to wrap them all. I tend to keep an eye out for bargains online and when a ‘3 for 2 on Christmas gifts’ email pops into my inbox then I buy something when it’s cheap. For everything else I tend to go in store and Jos and I have a Christmas shopping date day every year where we go for a TGI Friday’s and brave the shops in Cardiff to get all the last minute presents for everyone we haven’t bought for yet.
10) Where is your favourite place to visit on the run up to Christmas?
For the last 3 years I have been up to Manchester at the end of November/beginning of December to stay with my bestie from uni and my godson. We plan it for months and months and save hard for a Primark splurge and we visit the Christmas markets and last year we had a Yorkshire pudding wrap which was incredible. We do Christmas early and swap all our presents and also celebrate my birthday late and hers early so I normally go home with a suitcase full of goodies and about a million carrier bags too.
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