I think we can now very safely say that Christmas is around the corner. Because it literally is! Like tomorrow is Christmas’ Eve and the day after, well, Christmas! So I though I’d do a little Christmas tag to give you a little sneak peek into how I do Christmas!
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
I grew up in France where Christmas movies are not a big thing. At least, back then, they were not. We had some comedies always airing on TV during Christmas but not necessarily Christmas related. It was most because they were family friendly and French classic. I do love to watch Beauty & The Beast II on Christmas. But as a Harry Potter fan, and even though it is not very Christmassy, The Philosopher’s Stone is my favorite!
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Until recently, and despite living on all sides of the world, I have always come back to France for Christmas. However, my fiancé being German, I spent last Christmas in Germany for the first time! This time, we are spending Christmas in France but New Year in Germany.
Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Until last year, I have always open presents on Christmas morning. Last year, however, I opened them on Christmas Eve. Different country, different family, different traditions. But this year, it is back to Christmas morning.
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
To be honest, I always have a blast on Christmas. When I was very young, we used to alternate between our home in Normandy, my mum’s parents in Lyon and my dad’s parents in Besançon. Quite a lot of driving if you want my opinion. But for more than ten years now, we stay in Normandy and I always have so much fun!
What is you favorite Christmas scent?
I love the scent of pine tree in the house. Which comes from the Christmas tree of course!
What is your favorite festive food?
My dad is the most amazing cook and each Christmas is an absolute culinary wonder. I am helping with baking this year. So it’s gonna be my dad and I. Him for the savory part, me with a gingerbread wreath. But my absolute favorite Christmas food is foie gras on fig bread. With Champagne of course!
Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I am not sure. My parents always go to Christmas mass around 5pm and it is something that happens every year, even though my siblings and I are not always going. I guess the whole getting together is our tradition.
Is your Christmas tree fake or real?
Always real! The pine tree scent, remember?
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
It might seem funny but Normandy, despite being south of the United Kingdom, is actually colder and we did have white Christmases. Although the snow was not heavy and did not last long.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
My mum plays the same CD each year. It is in the background. But I think my favorite is Jingle Bell Rock. Probably because of Mean Girls!
What tops your Christmas tree?
I have not done my own Christmas tree in a very long time but I think at home, we do have a star at the top!
What makes the holidays special to you?
Being with my family – parents and four siblings – and my fiancé, sharing a good moment all together and having a blast. I always love to go home but Christmas makes it even better!
How are you celebrating Christmas this year?
We are five kids, three of us work or study in Lyon, in the South East of France, while my brother lives in Berlin and I am based in London. My fiancé is in Edinburgh for now. So we are all flocking to Normandy, on the same day, but at a different time and to make it easier, at a different airport for this of us flying. So there’s gonna be a bit reunion on Saturday! And then we’ll get on with the preparation! Big dinner, usually seafood and fish, on Christmas Eve, with foie gras and champagne as Apéritif. Festive breakfast on the 25th and big festive launch. With a lot of Champagne and wine!
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What about you? How are you celebrating Christmas this year? In your family? In your partner’s family? Fake or real tree? Fav scent? Fav food?
Thank a lot or stopping by. I hope you liked this post.
See you soon, love, Corinne