Guest Post-Christmas with MyBigFatGreekMove

OK, my third guest post is by the lovely Sandee. Sandee is originally from the UK, of Hong-Kong heritage and now living in Greece. We've not known each other long, but our mutual connection came from both being ex-pats in Mediterranean countries (spiraling out of control ;-)

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 '' 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!


  1. Sandee sounds lovely, and her blog looks great! Love the idea of all that Greek lamb..! x

  2. great post...will be one of my top for the week! have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. I'm going to Sandee's house for Christmas: gallons of red wine and roast lamb = yummy, yummy, yummy.

  4. I've become so fond of interviews like this. :-) They provide such a lovely glimpse of who people really are and I love that. :-) Roast lamb and potatoes and veg sounds absolutely delicious - pure comfort food. :-)

  5. These are so fun Vanessa! I'm loving getting to know these beautiful ladies! And boy do I love lamb! I should go visit her for Christmas someday! ;)

  6. Sandee sounds absolutely lovely!!! Loved reading this :)

    We also have lamb on Christmas Day since none of us likes turkey!! X

  7. No, thank you Van! You are so awesome for doing this and for sharing so many wonderful blogger's Xmas.
    Sorry for belated response and short comment, having a palava with no mac power adaptor! So no laptop! Eek!
    So putting new macbook pro 17" on my dream wishlist now!
    Have a fantastic weekend angel, big hugs to you & your readers!

  8. p.s Huge Thank You to you guys & your super lovely comments! I would love to teleport you all over for a big feast of wine, loads of lamb, great food and company! Couldn't think of a better Xmassy feast!
    I will be catching up over on all your blogs very soon too.

  9. Great comments. It seems we all want to go over to Sandee's for lovely roast lamb. OK, who's coming?

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  11. Hi darling Vanessa ... these posts are a lot of fun and it was so nice to "meet" Sandee! Her Christmas's sound lovely! Here's hoping that yours are very very Merry, darling one.

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  12. Two of my favorite ladies together in one fabulous post! :)

    Your typical xmas meal sounds like the one that I have at my Yia's house xmas day. Gotta love the Greeks :) xoxo

  13. Great choices on tunes, and other Christmas locations. Love Actually is one of my favourites1 It's so nice to see you over here! -xo

  14. Great post - I love Love Actually too!

  15. Fabulous post! I'm a reader of her blog and she's a doll. :)

  16. Hi Vanessa!

    I love these guest post, so much fun to hear others holiday traditions. I agree with Sandee, Tony Bennett is a great choice for holiday music. I like to throw in a little "Perry Como" too.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Dee xx

  17. Hiya Vanessa and Sandee! What a great post! Adore Gentlemen prefer wine,delicious Greek lamb, roast potatoes, roast veggies...sounds quite delish! Yum!

    Merry Christmas to both of you gals!! xoxo

  18. TYSM all you wonderful gals. I know this is a really busy time of year, so both Sandee and I appreciate all your lovely comments. So it looks like next year we will all be heading to Sandee's for Christmas lunch ;-) xx

  19. Thanks for popping over lovelies and hearing about my X-mas. V - thank you so much for having me, you're an angel.
    Yes, we are so meeting up somewhere at some point!


  20. hey it is a lovely post ...... thank you for the great share :)


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