Read Carly's Christmas Tag here.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
I have a variety of Christmas film favourites so it's hard to pick just one. The two classic films that most stand out for me is Home Alone and White Christmas. There's just something about watching a child become a sociopath that never fails to make me giggle and I can never get enough of Bill Crosby's voice. My favourite modern Christmas film has to be the recent release of horror Christmas flick, Krampus. A clever and witty adaption of folklore that tells the story of Father Christmas' darker sidekick. It's filled with jump scares, intriguing plot twists and enough comic relief to keep anyone from being frightened half to death.
DO YOU OPEN YOUR PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS MORNING?
As excited as I get for Christmas, I always open them on Christmas morning. As I've got older, it's taken me more time to get into the festive mood but I can always count on it to arrive in time for Christmas day.
FAVOURITE FESTIVE FOOD?
Pigs in Blankets. Every time. It is a tradition for me and my mother to prepare them the day before Christmas and it is, undoubtedly, my favourite part of a Christmas meal. I've never been one for mince pies and such but if you hand me bacon wrapped around a sausage, you may witness the child in me grinning with excitement.
AS A KID, WHAT WAS THE ONE CRAZY GIFT YOU ALWAYS ASKED FOR BUT NEVER RECEIVED?
Typically, I always asked for a reindeer. I was very big on animals when I was younger. I'd even considered becoming a veterinarian. At the time, the family didn't own any animals so I was - like an child - in desperate need for a pet and I suppose, what better than a little Rudolph to take care of?
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF CHRISTMAS FOR YOU?
I'll be sentimental here. The best part of Christmas is that fleeting moment when I witness everyone smile - friends, family, even a purr from the cat - because, the trouble of real life disappear and we're left in serenity. We remember those that matter and how much we love them. It doesn't matter if they've given you a present or not. Just recently, I gave one of my lecturers a card and she just about burst into tears and remarked how she'd missed students giving her cards. That one, small, smile... That's what makes Christmas special for me.