24 Days of Xmas: Andrew

Introducing our 17th of December guest – Andrew

1: Introduce yourselves…. We are Around The World In 18 Years aka The Callaghan Posse (Andrew, Lynne, Lily-Belle and Matilda), we started blogging late 2017 to try and encourage travellers to step out of the comfort zone of package holidays. We want people to see that there’s so much to see in the word and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Already we have been shortlisted for an award (never made the final…but we will one day).

2: Where are you spending Christmas? Christmas day 2018 will be spent at home in Northern Ireland, the day will begin with opening presents and Christmas dinner with family.

3: Best money saving tip for Christmas? cut back on the presents and materialistic things in favour of putting a few pounds in the ‘holiday fund’ pot. Go last minute shopping on Christmas Eve as shops don’t want to throw out food so give great savings.

4: Present choice if money was no object? Daddy would like a yacht or a Maserati, Mummy would like an around the world trip, Lily-Belle would like a unicorn and Matilda would like everything from the Argos catalogue, and I do mean E V E R Y T H I N G!

5: What’s your breakfast on Xmas day? Breakfast is always Nigella Lawson’s Cinnamon Plums with French Toast…oh my word, so yummy!

6: What do you do on Xmas eve? We normally go to church in the evening on Christmas Eve followed by a cosy fire, hot chocolate with marshmallows and a Christmas movie

7: Favourite song? Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFtb3EtjEic

8: Favourite Film? Probably Polar Express or Home Alone 1 & 2 – but we love pretty much any Christmas movie

9: Who do you share Christmas with? Andrew, Lynne, Lily-Belle, Matilda, Rosie (woof – our new pup), Angel (woof – in heaven, she passed away 29th June 2016 just shy of her 14th birthday, she was our first fur-baby and we miss her everyday), Nana, Granda and then after dinner the cousins all come around – madness and mayhem normally ensue and Pie Face comes out of the cupboard

10: Do you feel we have lost the spirit of Christmas? Christmas has become way to commercial, so over the last few years we have cut back on gifts and we have a holiday, in 2016 we went to Lapland just before christmas, and this year we’re going back to Lapland but not until March. Christmas should be a time for giving and for reconciliation, a time of forgiveness…not about who can buy the biggest or the best.

Should also say, Daddy (speaking about myself as the third person) LOATHES christmas and always has, but loves Christmas movies, snow, mulled wine and mince pies.


Read more about the Callaghans at :

Around the World in 18 Years


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