Christmas on Becca's Books | Christmas Q&A with Teresa F Morgan

~ Christmas Q&A ~

With Teresa F Morgan

What does Christmas mean to you?
Presents, family, turkey, card games and panto!

When does the Christmas excitement usually begin in your household?
Now that I have a son with a birthday on the 4th December, we usually let him celebrate his birthday before getting too excited about Christmas. I usually put the decorations and tree up around the 16th December. Now I can’t have a real tree (too big for my cosy little house) I can do it a bit earlier if needs be.

In terms of present shopping, do you like to begin early and stay organised, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of shopper?
I try to buy things as I go. If I see something in June that I think will make a fabulous Christmas present, I’ll buy it then. I like to spread the cost and stress.

What’s your favourite part of a Christmas dinner?
Pulling the crackers and telling the bad jokes from them. This one sticks in my memory as a kid is; ‘Where do you weigh a whale? At a Whaleweigh station”. Yep, bad I know.

Least favourite part?
Picking up the discarded wrapping paper! (It always worries me it’s such a waste – at least it gets recycled now).

Ultimate favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty McColl – never tire of that song.

Favourite Christmas movie?
Recently, with the kids, it’s been ‘Nativity!’ and ‘Nativity 2’ – because they include Martin Freeman and David Tennant, and the hilarious Mr Poppy who both my kids want as a teacher in their school. (Nativity 3 wasn’t as good but still fun.) Otherwise, I love ‘Santa Claus’ with Dudley Moore because for me, as a child, it answered the question of how Santa got around the world to all the children in one night.

Is Christmas usually a huge family affair for you, or a small gathering?
No, we’re a small family, and we don’t put pressure on one another to travel and *must* see each other on Christmas Day. It’s madness what stress some will put themselves through. On Christmas Day it will be me, my two boys and my dad this year. I will see my mum, brother and sister at some point but on a different day. We’re not sure yet if I’m travelling to them, or they may come to me.

Who does the cooking?
Now I’m divorced, I do. My ex-husband actually used to cook Christmas dinner.

What sits atop your Christmas tree?
A star.

Do you decorate with precision, or happy chaos?
Happy chaos. In fact I don’t put half up as my dad used to when we were kids. I don’t have the room.

Who does the washing up afterwards?
Mainly Bosch the dishwasher – and what won’t go in, is sadly done by me.

Favourite gift received?
Oh, this is tough. We don’t usually go for extravagant presents. I’m usually happy with everything I get.

A Christmas reading recommendation?
Would it be cheeky to say One Fine Day by Teresa F Morgan? This book is set in the autumn and the lead up to Christmas. I didn’t make it snow though, I kept it real.

If Santa could grant you one wish this year, what would it be?
One of my books to be turned into a film! Ha ha!

How early do you wake up on Christmas morning?
It’s not how early I wake up – it’s the kids. They’re not allowed in my bedroom before 6.30am! (They usually open their stockings on my bed.)

Three favourite Christmas smells?
Mulled cider simmering, cinnamon, and fresh Christmas trees (not that I get that now I have to have a fake tree).

Have you ever spent Christmas away from home? Did you enjoy it, or miss the familiar surroundings?
 Yes, my ex-husband and I spent Christmas in New Zealand back in 2002, before the kids came along. However much I loved being in New Zealand, and we did spend Christmas with my uncle and aunt, it was weird to have a BBQ on Boxing Day.

Do you pile presents around the tree, or wait until Christmas Eve so they’re there on Christmas morning? 
I pile them under the tree Christmas Eve once the boys have gone to bed, as if Santa has delivered them all. If I get handed a present before then, they go under the tree now the boys are old enough to know not to open them.

Has anything ever happened to you, to make you wonder if Christmas time really is magical?
Christmas is always magical as a child. I remember going into the lounge with my brother, to find piles of presents delivered by Santa. We had a real fire, therefore a chimney, so he came down the traditional way.

If you could spend Christmas anywhere, where would you spend it?
Actually, I don’t think there is, unless I was able to go back to New Zealand. It’s warmer there J And I would love to see my uncle and aunt again.

Cranberry sauce or not?
Definitely cranberry sauce!

Mince pie or Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding with brandy butter. I’ll eat mince pies, and even make them, but I’m not a lover of them.

Any special Christmas traditions?
Panto! Every year Dad & I take the boys to the pantomime. It’s something Dad did with me and my brother, and I have fond childhood memories of those. I wanted my boys to have those memories too.

How do you spend Boxing Day?
Relaxing, as the boys go to their Dad’s. J

At what point do the Christmas decorations come down?
On the 12th Day of Christmas (the 5th January I think) or as close to that as convenient. It’s unlucky otherwise. I can never understand those who put their decorations up the 1st of December and rip them down Boxing Day. The 12 days of Christmas are after, not before.

What are you looking forward to most, this Christmas?
Relaxing, playing games with the boys and watching films, snuggled up on the sofa. I work in a Post Office part time, and the days I work fall over the bank holiday period, so I have almost two weeks off! Not sure I’ll get any writing done with the two boys about either, but it will be good to relax before the start of another year.

I was born and bred in Surrey, but since 1998 I have lived in North Somerset. I live with my two sons - trying very hard to hold onto my Surrey accent!

For years I persevered with boring jobs, until my two boys joined my nest and I was allowed to stay at home. In an attempt to find something to work around my sons, and to ensure I never endured full time boredom again, I found writing.

I am at my happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at my PC emptying the thoughts from my head onto the screen.

I love writing contemporary romance, creating heroes readers will fall in love with. Men who in reality, let's face it, just don't exist. I love creating stories with a touch of escapism.

You can find Teresa F Morgan on Facebook | Twitter |

1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Becca. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!