1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper every time. I even wrap a bag that comes from a shop ready to give. More is more.
2. Real tree or Artificial? It has to be a real fir tree. If only I could still have real candles on it too as we did when I was a little girl in Finland.
4. When do you take the tree down? 12th Night. Because we don’t put the tree up until Christmas, we like to keep it as long as possible. 5. Do you like eggnog? Have never had it…so don’t know… 6. Favorite gift received as a child? A baby doll that could drink. It was a sad moment when I found out it was the bottle that LOOKED like it was emptying. 7. Hardest person to buy for? Mother-in-law. She says she never wants anything but I want to make her happy on Christmas Day as it’s also her birthday. 8. Easiest person to buy for? Daughter. I love all the things she likes, all the clothes, shoes, handbags, make-up, cashmere socks…ok I’ll have to stop now otherwise I might give away what I’ve got her this year. 9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, never have. I’m a bad mother and a very bad Lutheran. (Lapsed) 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both. Horses for courses. 11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Knickers from my mother-in-law on my first Christmas in England when I didn’t know the family very well. Highly embarrassing to open packet in front of everyone. I didn’t realise this was the done thing in the UK. It’s not in Finland. 12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Muppets Christmas Carol. And I don’t approve of re-makes.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Er, no. 20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star definitely. 21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Finnish presents on Christmas Eve after dinner according to our Finnish Christmas tradition, all others on Christmas Day morning along with a glass of champagne, in our dressing gowns in front of the fire. (I’m going to miss this house).
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Weather. Either it’s cold and rainy or cold and snowy. In which case the country goes into panic mode. When, oh when, will the English learn that it snows every year? 23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color? Stars. White and silver. 24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner? See above. Fish and ham for Finnish Christmas, turkey for the English one. 25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year? A surprise. (Santa Baby, hope you’re reading)
26. Favorite Christmas tradition growing up? Walking to church through freshly fallen snow, returning cold & hungry to a table laden with fantastic food, then having your father turn his sherling coat inside out and pretend to be Father Christmas. The amount of presents seemed endless, even though I know it can’t have been because we were far from rich when I was growing up. 27. Favorite tradition now? Having two Christmases. I complain every year about all the work, but as my family know, I love it. Absolutely love it. 28. Favorite Christmas Memory? I can’t reveal this, as it will be in the next part of ‘How I came to be in England.’ Sorry.