Pinup retro fashion Oriental Spice and some Chocolate by Empire Elegance and Valerie Cash

I usually don’t really follow the tag hype in blogger land, but every now and then I make an exception. I saw this Christmas Tag popping up on some blogs and really liked the questions of this tag. So how does this Floriental meets Modern Vintage gal spend Christmas? Read along:

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

I love Christmas movies that give me those nostalgic Christmas vibes. Somehow old (Christmas) movies give me more Christmas vibes than new ones. I have seen some pieces of “A wonderful life” (1946) with James Stewart and Donna Reed. This year it’s on my to-watch-list during Christmas. “A White Christmas” (1954), with Bing Crosby is also a great classic, especially since we won’t be getting a real-life white Christmas anytime soon ;-).

But…I am also a true 90s kid. And what was a 90s Christmas without Home Alone? Next to that, I have watched “The Grinch” several times. What’s not to love about that lovely green monster with his big mouth and little heart.

Bing Crosby A white Christmas movie 1954, Classic Christmas movie

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Usually with family & friends. At home or at home of a relative/friend. Those get-togethers are usually the most fun ones!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes. I remember that we had a White Christmas in 2009 en 2010. Or actually, Facebook memories reminded me of those White Christmas days. If it’s snowing around Christmas, it does add an extra dimension to the December holiday vibes. However, I didn’t like that the snow stayed around until March the next year.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s really fake.


What is your all time favorite holiday treat/food/sweet?

Hmm, I don’t have special Christmas dinner favorites. In the Netherlands, “Gourmetten” is very popular, but that’s not my cup of tea. I kinda think it’s overrated, although I do understand that Gourmetten is fun for kids. I do have a lot of favorite holiday sweets: Chocolate Christmas wreath (I actually already start with that on the first of December to get in the mood). Christmas loaf is also delicious. I like the normal version with almond paste and the Surinam version, which is literally more spicy. It has for example cardamom and nutmeg which gives a very special and great taste.

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I also remember that we used to make apple pie when I was younger. On New Years Eve – next to the well-known deep-fried dough balls –  I like something that we call “Berlinerbol”. Which is basically similar to a doughnut, but without the hole and with stuffing. Next to that, my favorite sweet snack is: Gulgula. It looks like a fried dough ball Indian style and in my opinion, it has much more taste.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

When I was a kid, obviously I liked receiving gifts. Now it’s 50/50. I always try to find some original not-so-typical gifts for my family. I am always very proud when I find them. Receiving gifts is not that important anymore. Also, I like giving myself gifts through the year. A gift from me to me ;-). I do love to receive Christmas postcards. The vintage way. So a real postcard, not a digital one.

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

That’s a difficult one. I can’t even remember, but overall I was always happy with whatever I received. It also helps that the people who buy me a present usually have good taste.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Reykjavik, Iceland! As you may have read, I’ve visited Iceland a few months ago. I already had Christmas vibes there in October. Imagine how it would be in December! I am pretty sure that it’s gonna be very cold then, but I would love to spend Christmas there in the near future with a few friends.

Oriental Spice and some Chocolate Christmas shop Reykjavik

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I think I am somewhere between acceptable and failing miserably. The wrapping is not my favorite part and it usually takes much more time than I think. I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people who can do it better than me.

Most memorable Christmas moment?

A lot of good memories. Sometimes memorable moments are very simple: good times with family at home. A few years ago, I went to Amsterdam with my brother for the Christmas market and a Light Show. That was also a great way to spend Christmas.

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What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I never had to realise the truth, because ever since I can remember I’ve known that Santa wasn’t “real”. So, that was easy. Nevertheless, I always enjoyed the Santa’s everywhere. At home, in movies and in that classic Coca-Cola ad.


What makes the holidays special for you?

Literally making time for each other in your nowadays busy life and of course being with the most important people around you. It’s also a time for reflection: looking back to what you’ve gained and lost in the year that’s almost behind you. Although, I dislike that New Year’s Resolutions nonsense. If you really want to change (and succeed) you should not wait until the last days of December.

What is your favorite Christmas song?

Well, anything is better than Wham – Last Christmas. I’ll make a top 5:
1. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
2. Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
3. The Drifters – White Christmas
4. Dean Martin – Let it Snow
5. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No, we open presents on the first day of Christmas. Christmas Eve feels to soon. Sometimes I am still wrapping my Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and trying not to fail miserably at wrapping….

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph… and ehh…Rudolph?

Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

There is a radio station in the Netherlands that has this top 2000 (songs of all time) tradition ever since we entered the millennium. I somehow always look forward to that. I listen a lot of those songs all year long, but at the end of the year it always gives that extra ahhh-remember-the-time vibe. Also, I look forward to New Year’s Eve. We have a nice theme party planned, so it’s gonna be fun!

Hope you enjoyed reading this Christmas tag. If you are a blogger and you’ve also done this tag. Let me know, I love to read it!

Enjoy your holidays and I wish you a happy new year!


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