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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview with Author Liz Lipperman

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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 Liz Lipperman to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

When I was a kid, we would open presents on Christmas Eve and wear whatever my older brothers sent us when we went to midnight mass. Afterwards, we’d come home to ham, potato salad and baked beans before we went to bed. We have a similar tradition with my own kids and grandkids, except midnight Mass has now become 5 PM Mass and then we come home to steak and gravy (their favorite. This recipe is included in Beef Stolen-Off and is one my mother used to make for the truckers when she used to cook at a truck stop when I was young. The truckers came for miles around on the nights she cooked this.) Anyway, I got sidetracked — after we eat, we open presents. The next morning we head to my daughter’s house to watch the kids’ faces when they see what Santa brought them. Breakfast tacos are served and the kids go to the in-laws afterward. Hubby and I usually go to a movie.

Favorite childhood toy?

I had a Raggedy Ann doll that I loved.

Favorite childhood game?

Barbaree. One team draws a map in the dirt and goes to hide there while the other team tries to figure it out. When they find the first team, everyone runs back to the base. Whoever erases the map with their shoes is the winner. We used to play that for hours. If the second team can’t find the first team, they holler — Lost trai l– and the first team hollers back — Barbaree. Don’t ask me why that name, but we would play it for hours. Remember I grew up BEFORE Nintendo’s, iPads and DVDs. We played outside a lot.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

I loved snow ball fights.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding, for sure. I grew up in Ohio and we had one big hill that was the bomb for sled rides. They’d close off the street and let us have at it.

Favorite holiday song?

“O Holy Night” sung by Christina Aguilera 

Favorite holiday movie?

It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart 

Favorite holiday story to read?

The birth of baby Jesus

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

A chill in the air. I’m in Texas where everything comes to a standstill when we get snow.

Most memorable holiday memory?

My younger sister and I were the babies of a nine sibling family. There were four brothers, then five sisters, so my brothers were all older and out in the world by the time we were teenagers. They would send us identical presents since we wore the same size. Every year I would sneak in and open the presents and choose the color I liked best and put my name on that one, then rewrap. My family had no idea I did that. To this day, I label my Christmas presents with numbers rather than names so my kids won’t do that!! Talk about Sins of the Mother!!

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

I was never much of a popcorn ball eater. I do love cheesy popcorn, though. We used to go to the Knights Of Columbus Christmas party every year and get a stocking filled with nuts and oranges.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

I grew up with real trees, but now I only use artificial ones. We had a real tree one year, and it was a mess. I love the green ones. This year I even bought a prelit one since the kids are no longer here to help me decorate.

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