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 Kate Collins to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Candlelight church service with my children on Christmas Eve.
Favorite childhood toy?
Favorite childhood game?
Dodge ball or Sorry! -- I just can't decide.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Hmm. Maybe making snow families having snowball fights.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Favorite holiday song?
Silver Bells. I used to be able to play it on the piano, back in the day when I actually had free time.
Favorite holiday movie?
It's a Wonderful Life
Favorite holiday story to read?
The Littlest Angel. It still makes me cry.
Snow on holiday eve, day or just a chill in the air?
A light misting of snow just for effect, but nothing more. My family has to travel to get here.
Most memorable holiday memory?
The first Christmas I was a parent. My little boy was way too young to understand what was happening, but I didn't care. I just loved having a little one to share it with.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
I always thought they tasted stale. But then the only ones I ever had were put in my Trick-or-Treat bag at Halloween and probably were stale!
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Love the real ones, but ever since a family of spider mites were born and dropped down over my Christmas presents, I've stuck with real-looking artificial. Something about seeing all those tiny multi-legged creatures did it for me.
What do you holiday eve?
We have a fun dinner — sloppy joes or chili — go to the Candlelight service, then home to open presents and eat cookies.