Advent Day 9 – Christmas This or That – Passports and Adventures.

Each day of December we will have a new blogger telling us this or that. Check out Day 8 if you missed it. Today is day 9 and we have Cath from Passports and Adventures.

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Hi, I’m Cath, an Irish expat family travel blogger now living in Portugal. We moved here almost 18 months ago after 15 years in the UK. I’m mum to a little boy of four and wife to my hubby of 8 years. My blog was originally a parenting blog called BattleMum but recently changed names to Passports and Adventures as I felt it needed something that said “travel” instantly. The aim of my blog is to help families with young children gain ideas and hints and tips about travelling with kids. I want to show them that travelling with young kids CAN be done and even be enjoyable.

Check out Cath and her family on Instagram ,Facebook , Twitter  and Pinterest.

Real or fake tree?

Fake, who can be dealing with all those pine needles and then getting rid of it afterwards.

Christmas pudding or chocolate log?

Chocolate log, could never stand pudding.

Sprouts or no sprouts?

Sprouts, but don’t in a very specific way. Boiling them to smithereens isn’t my idea of a tasty veg.

Presents in morning or afternoon?

Presents in the morning, I can’t wait until the afternoon!

Santa or Father Christmas?

Santa Claus!

Ginger bread or sugar cookies?

Ginger bread. Don’t think I’ve ever had sugar cookies.

Coloured lights or white lights?

White lights. I think they’re more classical, plus can be coordinated with any colour theme.

Angel or star on top of tree?


Hot chocolate or mulled wine?

Hot chocolate. I gave up alcohol over four years ago.

How will you be celebrating Christmas?

This Christmas will be our second Christmas in Portugal. Last year was a strange one as it was warm, sunny and we went out for dinner for the first time ever and had a traditional Portuguese dish. This year we’re going back to old school.

On Christmas morning our son will open his presents from Santa, before we have breakfast. Then we’ll exchange our family presents before heading to my parents, who live 10 minutes from us. Myself and my Dad are cooking a traditional Christmas dinner, complete with turkey, ham and beef Wellington. Afterward, we’ll relax before bringing our son home and watching a Christmas movie before bed. It’s probably going to be warm again but we’ll keep the usual traditions we had in Ireland and the UK as best we can.

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Come back tomorrow for DAY 10 and see who our next blogger is!

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