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 Joyce and Jim Lavene to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite childhood toy?
Joyce and Jim Lavene: Both of us loved our bicycles better than anything else. It was setting us up for our love of driving many years later. Now our favorite toy would be our car.
Favorite childhood game?
Joyce: Candy Land
Snowball fight or making snow families?
Jim: We both love to make snow families then knock them down with snowballs.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Joyce: Sleigh rides
Favorite holiday song?
Joyce and Jim: “White Christmas” for both of us.
Favorite holiday movie?
Jim: The Santa Clause.
Joyce: Scrooge, the Musical.
Favorite holiday story to read?
Joyce: A Christmas Carol. I read it every year.
Jim: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Joyce and Jim: SNOW!!!
Most memorable holiday memory?
Joyce: Realizing that the Santa who came to see us on Christmas Eve was my grandfather.
Jim: Going to Wisconsin right before Christmas. I grew up in Chicago and the snow was so much whiter in Wisconsin.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Joyce and Jim: Neither one of us are fans of popcorn balls, then or now.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Jim: Artificial – it was what I grew up with – green
Joyce : Real – love that smell - green
What do you do holiday eve?
Joyce and Jim: Eat, give out gifts, spend time with our family.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Joyce and Jim: We are going to visit Duck, NC, where our new book is set, right after Christmas