It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows. When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food and love. When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear. When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart. When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.
I’d like to welcome Laura Alden to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Going to see the Nutcracker ballet! As a kid I saw it almost every year (thanks to my harp-playing mother) and now I’ve convinced my husband that Christmas isn’t Christmas without the Nutcracker. Last weekend we attended a production at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Wonderful!
Favorite childhood toy?
Ooo, good question. I’d say it’s a tie between the Barbie camper I got when I was eight and the chemistry set I got when I was eleven.
Favorite childhood game?
The year my brothers and I got a ping-pong table was one of the best Christmases ever. I don’t think we had many other presents, but we didn’t care!
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
I’ve shied away from snowball fights after the time I got splatted in the face by a snowball and spent the next half hour on my hands and knees in the snow looking for my glasses.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
All of the above! But if I had to choose, I’d take skiing. Cross country, downhill, whatever. Any type of skiing makes me happy.
Favorite Holiday song?
Tie between “In the Bleak Midwinter” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Favorite holiday movie?
Tie between Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version) and Babette’s Feast.
Favorite holiday story to read?