Friday, 15 December 2017

BLOGMAS Day 15: Games I Play At Christmas

We all know that Christmas is a family time, and what says family time more than playing board and card games together? Normally in my house we gather round the dining room table with a drink (probably Bailey's or wine!) and some snacks, then we play a few of our favourite games.
I thought I'd share a few of the games we play in my house with you on this Blogmas post.
Before I list the games I will just inform you of the one board game that won't be on this list. MONOPOLY. No way. We are not monopoly people. I don't enjoy the game at all, I find it boring and far too long. Frankly I'd rather play anything else instead.

So let's get to what is on the list.

Trivial Pursuit
I love this game! I love answering the questions and trying to get my counter filled up with little multi-coloured chips. It's so much fun being asked trivia questions and actually using your brain to answer them. I used to play the kids version when I was younger, and even some of the questions on this version were hard! I find that whenever anyone plays this game they end up getting very competitive, but it's still enjoyable for everyone in my house.

I have memories of playing this game that go way back to my childhood, me and my mum always used to play it together on a rainy day when we were bored. It's a very irritating game (hence the title!) because your opponent can very easily send you back to the beginning of the board. It's one of those games where families can go to bed not very happy with each other. However it is one of my favourite board games of all time. I know I'll be playing it a few times over Christmas.

This is a skilled card game, one of those games where you have to bluff and read other people that are playing. This game is normally played for money. However we don't tend to want to lose our money, especially since we haven't got any because we just spent it all on Christmas presents. So we either play with poker chips or copper pennies. We used to save up all of our 1 & 2p's throughout the year so we could use them for when we play this game. It's definitely one of my favourite card games, however not alot of other people know how to play it. It's very difficult to try to explain the rules but you can find them on Google if you did want to learn how to play.

We do play a few other games sometimes, but these three are our go-to Christmas games. I would like to learn to play a few more games this year. So maybe I'll get my boyfriend to attempt to teach me how to play proper poker, and I'd also like to have a go at chess since I've never played that either.
What games to do love to play around Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

BLOGMAS Day 14: The Christmas Tag

When searching the internet for blogmas post ideas I came across this little Christmas Tag post on a lovely blog called Milk Bubble Tea, it's such a cute blog with lovely pictures. You can find it here if you want to check it out.
So I thought it would be a nice idea to do a Christmas Tag blog post. This includes 10 questions about my favourite Christmas things. Feel free to copy the questions and use them yourselves. Hope you enjoy taking a sneak peek into my life at Christmas time.

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

There are so many great ones but my favourite has to be It's A Wonderful Life. It makes me cry multiple times every time I watch it. It's a magical film with a lovely moral and a sweet as hell story line. If you haven't seen it yet then make sure it's on your watch list this Christmas!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

When myself and my brother were younger we used to beg my mum to let us open a Christmas present on Christmas Eve and she always used to give in. I can remember searching through all the presents that were under the tree from family for the one that felt the best. I know I always used to be gutted if I opened something like socks! 
Now I like to save all my presents for Christmas day, but in honesty now that I'm older I get more excited to see other people open what I've got them. 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

The one thing about Christmases from my childhood was when my mum used to make me and my brother wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning while she would go downstairs, light the fire, make a cup of tea and 'check to see if Father Christmas had been'. It used to feel like we were waiting forever for her to shout up the stairs that Father Christmas had in fact been. Then once we heard those magical words we used to run down the stairs as fast as we could. It's a lovely Christmas memory to have, and now my brother does that with his three children and I know I will do it with mine someday. 

4. Favourite Christmas scents?

I love having a Christmas candle or reed diffuser around the house, along with the Christmas tree and decorations it really makes a house feel lovely. I don't have any particular fragrances I like but I love anything involving gingerbread, vanilla, cinnamon and spiced apple. Yankee Candle do a great Christmas range and so do The Body Shop. 

5. Favourite festive food? 

Stuffing! Everytime we have Christmas dinner I look forward to the stuffing more than anything. I've even been known to swap things like pigs in blankets for extra stuffing. It's just so yummy!

6. Favourite Christmas gift? 

There's no way I can choose one present I've received that was my favourite. But one thing I do remember is that one year I got all 4 Bratz dolls. (Chloe, Sacha, Jade & Yasmine) I was so happy with them and I left them sitting by the sofa while I got dressed and when I came back my dog had chewed Chloe's forearm off! I cried and my mum told me not to worry. In the end I stuck a plaster over her chewed elbow and pretended she had to have an operation. 

7. Any Christmas traditions? 

We don't have any major traditions but a few things we always do is listen to Christmas songs while opening our presents, we also always have a fire lit on Christmas morning. Another thing that we always do is go over to my brother's house on Christmas morning to see my niece and nephews open their presents. Overall we always have a lovely Christmas day and I wouldn't change it for the world. 

8. What tops your tree? 

We've always had an angel, but last year we had a star so I think we'll probably go for a star again this year. 

9. What crazy or ridiculous gift did you ask for but never get? 

I didn't know the answer to this question so I asked my mum. According to her I always asked for a hamster. Which obviously I never got, but I'm glad I didn't since I really would hate to have a hamster now! 

10. Best part of Christmas for you?

The best thing about Christmas is that fact that everyone is together, and it's a family time where everyone is happy and in a good mood. It's just lovely. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope you're really starting to feel Christmassy. TTFN x