So Kayley Hyde posted this tag on her youtube channel a few days ago and since it's Christmas Eve I figured I'd do it today!
1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute?
I... usually wait until the last minute. I am a broke underage student so I don't really have the resources to get people their gifts until my parents give me some dough. Also, since I have never been in America for any length of time I don't celebrate Black Friday.
2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
Oh I would love, love, love to be in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Whoville seems like a really fun place to be in on Christmas and as much as I dislike any activity that involves any form of muscle movement, I don't think I can resist helping out in the toy shop!
3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas Eve. Our family tradition during Christmas is a bit weird, and I don't really know where this tradition came from because I never did it before I came to Ireland. But we get dressed in our fancy clothes on Christmas Eve and have our Christmas dinner just before midnight, and then open the presents when midnight strikes. So we don't really do anything on the actual Christmas day except go to mass.
4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?
My family puts up the Christmas tree quite early in the year, although there is no set time in which we do this. This year I think it was around mid-November when we put up our Christmas tree, cause basically what comes immediately after Halloween in my head is CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS DECK ALL THE HALLS. I'm normally the one who puts up the Christmas tree along with my cousins but since no one lives in our house aside from my family it was just me with a bit of help from my little brother.
5. White lights or colored lights?
White lights, definitely. Colored lights just seem so unharmonic to me!
6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?
I have never cheated on my presents! The excitement is what I love the most about presents, really. That elated of feeling of not really knowing what you're going to get!
7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's Workshop?
Santa's Workshop!!! I'd give everything to work with the toys and I don't think I'd ever really be bored!
8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
I told you already! Haha. We get dressed in our fancy clothes and eat our faces off and then at midnight we open the presents! My uncle is normally the "Santa Claus" who hands out the presents to whoever because he's the eldest and the one who looks a lot like Santa Claus and well, we all look up to him really. And then after that, the old people get drunk, and me and my cousins just hang out!
9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?
I'm not going to tell you that.
10. What tops your tree?
A star! Although if I was living on my own I'd say a TARDIS would!
11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?
Erm... 11 pipers piping, 10 maids a milking, 9 pipers piping, 8... um. No.
12. Have you ever gone Christmas carolling?
Yes! I'm part of my choir at school and we normally go carolling once or twice in December. And even before that, I'd go carolling with my cousins around the houses in our village when I was younger.
13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days are left?
No I don't this year. But I did last year and the year before that, and when I was younger and living in the Philippines the count down would be part of the news starting November. I think filipinos in general love and looks forward to Christmas every year and I am sure that's where I got the habit of singing christmas carols by September too!
14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?
Pancit. We always seem to have that on every occasion ever. Birthdays, Anniversaries, you name it. If you don't know what Pancit is, the only way I could describe it is dried noodles with bits of vegetables in it. It tastes better than it sounds! And also some sort of dish involving pork. Filipinos love pork.
15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?
I think it's the whole enthusiasm of the family, really, and of my home country. We'd start thinking about Christmas by September and that's just how I was brought up. And it just stayed with me, really. And every Christmas the family gathers and that's what I love about it.