Welcome to day 5 of the Christmas Blogger Q&A. Today’s Christmas Q&A is with Gwennan from Twenty Something Meltdown.
Twenty Something Meltdown
I feel like I shouldn’t bore you all with an introduction I’ve sneaked my way onto Steph’s blog so many times over the past year or so! But I’m Gwennan; face and voice behind twenty something meltdown, a mid twenties (sob) lifestyle blogger, illustrator and bullet journal fanatic. My blog has been going for nearly 2 years now with no signs of slowing down any time soon!
Question 1 – What’s your Christmas tradition?
Our Christmas has massively changed in the past two years so we are still working out a new tradition! We’ve always spent the whole day at home, opening presents hideously early with my parents and then having dinner followed by an afternoon with my grandparents and turkey sandwiches. But two years ago my brother started a family of his own so he spends Christmas day with his in laws, and I moved in with my other half. This year I’ll be spending the morning with my parents at their house and the afternoon with my boyfriend’s family at his parents house. On Boxing day we’re having a second Christmas day with my brother’s family with another dinner and more presents and prolonging the celebrations!
Question 2 – What is your favourite Christmas indulgence?
Turkey. Like a million different ways. In the summer my boyfriend’s mum randomly bought a turkey because it was cheap in Tesco and we had a fake Christmas dinner and it’s got me properly worked up for the real thing. There’s nothing like a proper Christmas lunch and turkey sandwiches are my absolute vice.
Question 3 – What is the best gift you have ever received?
The only gift I ever cried over on Christmas day was when I got my first iPod from my grandparents. We never had the latest tech and we hadn’t asked for them and it was such a surprise planned by my parents and grandparents and they made me and my brother open them at the same time and I just didn’t have a clue it was coming.
Question 4 – Are you an early gift buyer or leave them to the last minute?
Definitely an early buyer! My birthday is the middle of October and I basically start right after that. Being self employed my cash flow is less than reliable so I tend to shop small and shop often to spread the cost. We also have a LOT of Christmas meet ups whether it be friends at the beginning of December, family in the middle and everyone else around the big day itself so I need to be organised to ship them to the right people at the right time! I also loooove wrapping presents so I like to have them all there to make a day of it with a cuppa and some festive songs on the radio.
Question 5 – Do you have a favourite shop to buy gifts?
I don’t have a single favourite but I definitely tend to head to the same places year on year. I still think Matalan is a hidden gem people don’t make the most of but I always get great gifts (which are reasonably priced) and their decorations are amazing too. Debenhams, John Lewis and M&S are always good for those people who are difficult to shop for and actually some of the supermarkets are doing really great Christmas stuff this year too. But my ultimate fav is to shop small, be that locally at craft fairs or markets or on sites like Etsy. My current obsessions are fellow illustrators Annie Dornan Smith and Polly the designer behind Sighh.
Question 6 – Is there something which you always wanted for Christmas but never got?
Ooooh what a good question! I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that I really lusted after and never got but I often buy people gifts and think damn I wish I’d asked for that! My parents always ask us all for a big ol’ list of things we want and then they give it out to all the family and they all pick and choose something but this is done about mid November so I often end up in the shops closer to Christmas thinking ‘damn I wish I’d asked for that!’ That’s what Christmas money is for in the January sales though amiright?
Question 7 – What is the most thoughtful gift that you brought someone?
I am a top present buyer. Not to toot my own trumpet or anything but everyone says it and I really pride myself on it. The present I literally put the most thought into was booking a weekend away for myself and my boyfriend for his Christmas present when we were in university. We lived 5 hours apart for the 3 years so I decided to make the most of some time together and booked the Harry Potter studio tours which was the biggest surprise I’ve ever had to keep. My brother and I also once bought our parents Elbow concert tickets because he and I had seen them play Reading festival a few years ago and had raved that my parents had to go so that was a good one too. Oh and one year my Mum and I were shopping together when she came to stay with me in uni and we both fell in love with a little elephant door stop so when she went home I went in to buy it for her, only to find out it’d gone so I ordered it online. Turns out when I’d been in lectures she’d gone in and bought the last in store one for me! Was pretty amusing to both open the same thing on Christmas day!
Question 8 – If you could be in any Christmas movie, which one would you be in?
Got to be Home Alone hasn’t it? Love Actually is my favourite festive film but I might end up in one of the sad scenes which is less appealing but can you imagine being in Home Alone? Setting all the traps, living it large on your own….maybe I could even have delivered that famous line instead of Macaulay Culkin. “Merry Christmas ya filthy animals”
Question 9 – What is your earliest Christmas memory?
I don’t remember it but apparently the first Christmas I really knew what Christmas was I wouldn’t go downstairs because I thought Santa would still be there and I didn’t want to see him. I have a lot of childhood memories from Christmas but I can’t actually put a date to any of them but I remember loads. Going to a local garden centre every year to see the Christmas displays, my parents driving us back through town after being to my Nan’s to see the lights in the streets, getting a dolls pram one year and asking why Father Christmas had left the box in the utility room (good one parents), being sick with excitement in a car park on Christmas Eve on the way to my grandparents house, the smell of the turkey in the oven. I couldn’t tell you my earliest one but it’s all there.
Question 10 – What makes Christmas special for you?
The past few years Christmas has had a bigger meaning for me because my niece is here now. My family have always done Christmas in a big way, we get really excited for it and we make it a real event in our house but now me and my brother are in our twenties it really brings a new level to it again now there’s a child. She’s 2 and a half now so whilst last year she did understand a bit of Christmas, recognising Rudolph and Santa etc when prompted, this year she really gets it and I’m really excited for her. Christmas is alllll about family and to have a new generation be a part of that is properly magical, just like this time of year should be.
Have you got anything coming up on your blog?
This year yet again I’m not committing to Blogmas for the same age old reason as always; I don’t want to pressure and I still want to blog about other non festive things. This year however I decided (in about February) that I wanted to do a Christmas series based on the 12 days of Christmas so that’s launching on the blog between the 13th and the 24th of December and whilst there’ll be a full reveal of what you can expect on the 12th, think festive food, shopping, DIY and a good old fashioned list post.
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Did you know…
Did you know that Gwennan is also an illustrator with her own Etsy shop which sells so many goodies? Make sure you check it out!