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 Elizabeth Spann Craig who also writes under the name Riley Adams to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
I love decorating the Christmas tree with the children. Each ornament has a memory and it’s so much fun to hear theirs and to share mine.
Favorite childhood toy?
I had a doll named Bonnie and a riding toy called “New Car.” I loved them both until they fell apart.
Favorite childhood game?
There was something about playing hide and seek that fascinated me. I was pretty good at hiding, too!
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Not much snow in the South! But I have snowball fights when I can.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Favorite Holiday song?
“O Holy Night” is lovely. I also have a fondness for “Carol of the Bells”.
Favorite holiday movie?
I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. I can recite it word for word (I have to bite my tongue when anyone else is around me!)
Favorite holiday story to read?
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…on Christmas Eve with my children.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Sometimes not even a chill in the air!
Most memorable holiday memory?
I remember Santa calling me on the phone when I was at my grandmother’s house.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
I did eat popcorn balls. I haven’t had them for a while now. Maybe I’ll go find some!
Real tree or artificial?
We always have a real tree and I love the way it makes the house smell!
What do you holiday eve?
We always go to church on Christmas Eve night…it helps to refocus us, I think.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Spending time with family and friends. And fitting in some writing!
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
They love my fruit salad, so I have to make it! It’s made with a peach pie filling…really yummy.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
I’ll share the recipe for the fruit salad below. It works well with a variety of different fruits, so be sure to mix and match!
2 cups of grapes
2 bananas, sliced (soak the slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning)
1 pint fresh strawberries
Sliced pineapple (sometimes I’ll cheat and buy the canned chunks—20 ounce size)
3 sliced kiwis
21 ounce can of peach pie filling
1/2 t cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients and serve!
Holiday party tip?
For me, that tip would be to be a guest and not a hostess! Ha! I’m not the most relaxed hostess.
Favorite holiday decoration?
I love the Nutcrackers on our mantle.
Please share some magical holiday memories?
My favorite holiday memories are of the children being SO excited on Christmas morning. They’re whispering loudly to eat other outside my bedroom door…double-checking the time because I won’t let them wake me up before 6:30!
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Depends on how last-minute I am! For Christmas I usually plan ahead and wrap. I’m a poor wrapper, though.
Gifts or gift cards?
Gifts except for teenagers.
Do you eat fruitcake?
Only if pressed!
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
Not anymore, but I did when I was younger.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
Maybe some dark coffee?
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
I think chocolate would fit perfectly in a stocking.
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
No, I wait until the crowds die down a little. Sometimes I’ll shop for the next Christmas in January, though!
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
Same to you, Diane! Thanks so much for the interview!
You are so welcome, Elizabeth!