Working at home is great, but sometimes it can get lonely. That’s why I love connecting with other bloggers out there and offer mutual support and encouragement. Those of us who are doing the Elite Blog Academy course (which I can’t recommend enough) have several Facebook groups, and that’s where I’ve found this idea by The Coffee Mamma. Take a look at her post if you want some ideas to include in your Christmas traditions!
Here are my answers to her questions. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more. And if you’re a blogger too, I invite you to participate in this Christmas Blogger Tag (don’t forget to give credit to its creator, and feel free to tag me as well!).
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
I’m not a fan of Christmas movies, which is surprising since I love Christmas. But they usually just seem too empty for me. The only one that stands out for me is It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s the story of a man who intends to commit suicide because he doesn’t see any point to his life. But then his guardian angel shows him how every little and big act of generosity and sacrifice he did was so meaningful to people around him, and how different things would have been in his village if he has never existed. It’s very sweet and inspiring.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
At home we open our presents after coming back from Midnight Mass, so I guess it’s already Christmas morning. But then that day we go to eat with all our extended family and there we exchange gifts again. And there’s even a third occasion, because here in Spain the tradition is that the Three Kings (not Santa, that’s been imported from the USA) are the ones who bring presents to children on the night from the 5th to the 6th January. I think that’s a more meaningful moment.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Yes, 2 years ago, when I chose to start anorexia recovery. I had been praying about it during Advent, and on December 27th I dared to tell my mother. I confessed all the secrets and lies, admitted I had an eating disorder (I has always denied it) and committed to recovery. It’s been the hardest decision of my life, I was absolutely frightened of such a radical change and where it would lead me… and it’s been even more painful and miserable than expected. But it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done. For the first time, I surrendered and let God really guide me. And I’ve become a new person.
4. Favourite festive food?
King cake. Because it’s always exciting to see whose piece has the little present in it! In addition, it’s something I only eat two days a year (we serve it at a family lunch, and then we eat the leftovers for next day’s breakfast), so it’s very tied to Christmas. It’s tied to recovery too because of course I used to never eat it, not even one bite, and so when I started recovery it was the first massive fear food I faced. One year I’d love to bake it myself.
Here you can find a post with 3 Christmas menu ideas filled with amazing festive foods!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Difficult one, there are too many! Mmm… the first one that comes to my mind is a set of rubber ducks that my cousin gave to me last year. One of them is dressed as an English “Bobby” because at that time I thought I was going to move to London for a masters’ degree. That never happened because I decided to become a blogger instead, but still it’s so cute! They match with my rubber duck-shaped soap dispenser and my special edition shower gel featuring a rubber duck.
I’ve recently written a post with great Christmas gift ideas for Catholics who want to see the beauty of God in their daily lives.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Good question, I’d never thought about that! Maybe because since it’s winter my nose’s a bit stuffy and I can’t smell a lot haha. I’d say there are two. One would be the smell of the candles we lit each night during Advent to pray. The other, the smell of the incense at Midnight Mass: it’s the smell of the sacred, like a burnt offering to God, and makes everything much more solemn. So, in short, I like smells that also have symbolism.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes. We host dinner at home and invite our family. As background music we play Christmas songs. After dinner and table talk, at 12am, my mother and I go to Midnight Mass. When we come back, we put the presents under the tree (being careful that we don’t see each other doing it). Then we open them! And we also place the Baby Jesus in his manger at the Nativity Scene, because we leave it empty during Advent to emphasize the attitude of waiting.
8. What tops your tree?
A beautiful angel that a family friend gave us in Canada.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I lost one of my favourites hair ties and asked the Three Kings to bring it back to me. For several years. I can only imagine the distress of my poor mother!
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Watching Jesus as a baby. A baby that wants to be born in the manger of my heart, which I want to be warm and free of thorns from sin. That only demands my love and tenderness. That would cry if He saw me hurting myself. That heals my wounds with His kisses. That smiles and laughs and plays because these are all good things, because joy is good, because feeling guilty for being joyful makes no sense. That brings light and peace but is so often received by people with coldness.
If you’re suffering from an eating disorder, this is your sign to get the best Christmas present ever this year: choose recovery. If you’re in recovery, Christmas can be such a hard time because all the fear foods, the triggering comments, etc. This post and this other one can help you to face it with serenity. And if you’re just a person that wants to be healthy in body, mind and soul this Christmas, check out this post! You’re still in time to prepare for the celebrations in the healthiest way.
There won’t be a new post next Tuesday because it’s Christmas, so I’ll see you on Friday, when I’ll do a special post for my 2nd recovery anniversary. Until then, I’ll be active on instagram and checking my email (you can subscribe to my list below!).