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 Ann Cleeves to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Stockings! We still fill stockings for our grown up children and their partners as well as the grandchildren. We don't open them until after lunch.
Favorite childhood toy?
Pogo stick. Do they make them any more?
Favorite childhood game?
I always disliked board games. Still do.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
We don't get that much snow here (except for last year!) We go sledding with the children if there's snow.
Favorite Holiday song?
The Pogues' Fairytale of New York
Favorite holiday movie?
Wizard of Oz. A bit of a tradition.
Favorite holiday story to read?
M R James ghost stories. Tremendous for reading out loud by a big log fire.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Snow. Once I've done all the shopping.
Most memorable holiday memory?
One year my husband and I escaped to France for the holiday. We had lunch in a wonderful village Bistro. The whole community turned out and welcomed us as part of the village. And the food was amazing!
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
No, never eaten it.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Real of course! My husband is collecting ours as I'm writing this.
What do you holiday eve?
Peel vegetables. I have lots of people for lunch on the big day and I like to get prepared.