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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: An Interview with Saranna DeWylde

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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 Saranna DeWylde to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

Going to my grandparent’s house for a week.

Favorite childhood toy?

I had so many. My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but I was spoiled a bit as an only child and the youngest grandchild. I guess my favorite thing wasn’t exactly a toy, it was an art set with pastels, colored pencils, and paint.

Favorite childhood game?


Snow ball fight or making snow families?


Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding! (Me on skis? Uh, no.)

Favorite holiday song?

I love the Rat Pack holiday albums. Especially Sinatra.

Favorite holiday movie?

A Christmas Story. But I love all of those cutesy Hallmark, Lifetime, an ABC Family movies too.

Favorite holiday story to read?

A Christmas Carol.

Snow on holiday eve, day or just a chill in the air?


Most memorable holiday memory?

My first Christmas as a mom. My daughter was almost a year old and I bought her this rocking cow that was the most impossible thing to put together and I kept thinking that “some adult assembly required” really meant “welcome to Hell.” But I got it assembled and she loved that thing until she was too big to ride it.

Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?

I did! But I don’t anymore.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Artificial. Real trees are beautiful and I love the way they smell, but they shouldn’t have to die for my celebration.

I have two big trees up, one is white the other is green. The kids like those little ones so we have blue, red, pink and purple stuck in various locations my daughters think appropriate. 😉

My grandmother used to get a real tree and it would be almost to the ceiling and flocked white.

What do you holiday eve?

I go to my parents’ house with my kids and we celebrate then. Christmas Eve has always been the celebration in my family and it works out we spend Christmas Day with my husband’s mother.

What are your holiday plans this year?

We’re going to take a carriage ride to look at the lights on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, and maybe see The Nutcracker again. We’ll do our usual thing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?

My father’s Baked Ziti. It’s gotten to be a tradition and Christmas Eve just isn’t right without it.

Please share a Holiday recipe.

They’re secret. I’m not allowed. 😉

Holiday party tip?

Do NOT sit on the copier at the office party.

Favorite holiday decoration?

Trees and snow.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

When my mother told me about Santa, but she did it in a way that still left me room to believe. She said we could choose to believe anyway. And I did. Sometimes on Christmas morning, I’m still surprised that “Santa” didn’t leave me anything under the tree.

Wrap, gift bag, or bow & go?

Wrap or gift bag. Sometimes though, I get lazy and a majority of things go in the gift bag. My father is a ninja wrapper. He can wrap everything with corners so sharp and smart, you could kill someone with them. He can still do it at almost 70 and blind in one eye. All of my efforts always fall short in my opinion. So rather than face my failure, I go with a gift bag.

Gifts or gift cards?

It depends on the person. If I know what they love, I will buy them a gift.

Cyber shop or head out into the trenches?


Do you eat fruitcake?

No. I’m allergic to wheat, barley, and oats.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?


What’s in your stocking? *wink*

My Amazonian leg.

What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*

It’s not something that can fit in my stocking. *wink* No, really. I just want my children and family to be happy and know they’re loved.

Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?

Sometimes. I used to love to go out and shop when I was younger, but I don’t care for crowds now. But knowing I can’t really go anywhere the day before because places are closed makes me a little stir crazy.

Thank you so much.

Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. {hugs}

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

Click here for Saranna’s Halloween Fright Bites.

Saranna’s website & Goodreads.

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Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !