My name is Eva and I am the Editor over at The Multitasking Woman, a blog for women like me who wear many hats and juggle the highs and lows of woman and motherhood.
The other hats I wear include my mummy hat, I am mummy to my five year old son and four month old daughter. I also wear my wife hat and my business owner hat – in addition to blogging, I am a freelance writer.
Juggling two young children, a house, a business, a blog certainly keeps me busy, often something takes a back seat, most often the tidiness of my house! But when I do get an ounce of spare time, I love to forget all the things I have to do and spend quality time with my kids, like last night I had an absolute ball playing Sylvanian Families with my son. I passed them down to him and have kept them from my childhood, including the dollhouse my dad made for me. I also have a thing for flowers and pottering in my garden, I love to crochet, read meaty magazines (not gossip!) and of course, blog and write!
2. What are your favourite Christmas Traditions?
We don’t do anything overly different, but I just love looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. It really gets me into the spirit. I always make pancakes for breakfast Christmas morning and I started a tradition a couple of years ago where I let my son open one present on Christmas Eve. It’s a box of goodies I put together and usually includes new pyjamas, a DVD to watch Christmas Eve and a new Christmas book.
But when you ask me about traditions, one I will always remember relates to my Dutch heritage. When I was a child, my sisters, cousin and I would all stand and wait for one of the parents to throw pepernoten up in the air. Pepernoten is a small Dutch gingerbread cookie and our parents used to throw it up in the air and we would collect as many as we could, using our t-shirt or dress to collect them in.
3. Make us drool over your favourite Christmas food!
Of course there’s the typical Christmas ham, the prawns, fresh Christmas salads and yummy desserts (we’re in Queensland so there’s usually little hot food here), but my favourite is one we always ask mum to make. It’s another Dutch delicacy called Ollibollen. They’re balls of dough containing raisins that are deep fried and coated in icing sugar. Oh my goodness are they good!
4. Are you the "I'm done with Christmas Shopping with Christmas Tree all up by mid November" or "Nah. Let's put up the tree on Dec 20th and hit the stores on Dec 23rd" type?
I think I’m somewhere in between, although, this year was the first year ever that we had the tree up before the 1st of December. I guess I just needed to bring a little happiness into the home because I’m sick of seeing all the negative stuff in the news these days. In terms of present buying, well, I don’t tend to go and buy everything in one hit. I do it bit by bit and then have a huge wrapping session in the week leading up to Christmas.
5. What is the most important thing about Christmas for you?
The most important thing about Christmas to me is definitely family, particularly my kids. I have very fond memories of my childhood Christmases and how amazingly special my parents made it for me and I strive to bring the same magic for my children. It makes me feel good at the same time, it’s a beautiful feeling, there’s just so much love.
Choose between the following:
Christmas song: Jingle bells or I’ll be home for Christmas?
Jingle Bells. Such fun!
Christmas pudding with custard!
Home Alone is by far one of my all-time Christmas favourites! It never gets old.
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