Sandee writes the lovely blog My Big, Fat, Greek Move
Here's a peep through Sandee's Christmas window in Greece.
How important is Christmas for you or can you take it or leave it ? When I was younger it meant going out a lot celebrating & catching up with friends and family. Now that I have moved across the pond, Christmas is still important to me, but I can also take it or leave it too, depending if my family are visiting. I've been working every X-mas Eve, X-Mas day and Boxing Day for the past 5 years now (it happens when you run 2 businesses) and I spend any free time invested in family time.
What one gift are you really "hoping" to find under the Christmas tree this year? Know what I haven't even thought about this to be honest! Errr???
Flats or heels on Christmas Day? Flats for work and Heels for going out for sure!!!
What does Christmas day lunch usually comprise of in Greece? This is a funny one, as we usually have lamb rather than Turkey! If there are lots of us we'll order 10kilos of lamb! How banana's is that??? Usually we have lunch/dinner together at midnight when the working day is over for us and the family will sit down for gallons of red wine and delicious Greek lamb, roast potatoes, roast veg. (Even though Pork is usually eaten at X mas). I think we might break tradition at some point and go with Turkey one year!
Nat King Cole, Michael Bublé, Handel's Messiah or Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite playing in the background? A mixture of the above, but I do love a bit of Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett and the occasional blast of 'All I want for Christmas' by Mariah Carey!
What one book do you hope to receive this year? I have an insane list of books saved on my Amazon wishlist, but I still have 'Pictures' by Tim Walker on my list. I love his work.
Best Christmas film? There are far too many not to mention. For Comedy it has to be 'Home Alone', Romance: 'Love Actually' or 'The Holiday', Action: 'Die Hard' and each year they always used to put 'The Wizard of Oz' on every Xmas in the UK. I also love 'Gentlemen prefer Blondes' and anything with Sinatra or Astaire.
The beauty product you can't live without over the festive season? Estee Lauders Idealist, Illuminator for even skin tone! Amazing for photographs too as the light just bounces off your skin! Awesome stuff!
What do you buy the girlfriend who has everything? This is really hard, but I do like to be inventive or creative, so I sometimes go to 'Notonthehighstreet.com' to personalise gifts, pick out a real gorgeous coffee table book or buy some crystal martini glasses plus cocktail shaker and recipe book! (Alternatively a pair of stunning Champagne flutes)
What is your fail-safe stress reliever? My man! He rocks, always knows how to calm me down and say the right things! If he's not around a glass of red vino or a Martini please!
If you could spend Christmas somewhere else other than Greece, where would you choose? It would be London, with my family and friends, then Hong Kong where my other family are located and possibly Sydney for some fun & sun!!!
What is your favorite Christmas memory from the past? Being real naughty and opening presents at 6am with my brother when we were kids! We'd sneak downstairs, knowing which steps not to step on as they creak and head straight for the living room, tearing open everything with our names on it!
Anything else you wish to share? Just to wish everyone one of your fabulous readers a wonderful Christmas and a Super Duper Wow New Year V!
Thank you SOOOO much Sandee. I know how busy you are, so really appreciate your time and kindness. Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year too Sweets!