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 Talli Roland to share the beauty of the season with us. Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee, and wine. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savors the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Her debut novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller and shortlisted for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as a 2011 Amazon Customer Favorite. Build A Man is her latest release.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
I love our family tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve. The anticipation is palpable, and you still have the whole of Christmas Day to look forward to. I always choose a package that looks like chocolates or sweets, then spend the rest of the evening gorging.
Favorite childhood toy?
I loved Strawberry Shortcake dolls back in the day! I had a fetish with hair-cutting, though, so they were usually scalped within a week of me opening their package.
Favorite childhood game?
This is going to sound so boring, but I really loved hide and seek. I grew up next to a forest, so there were many places to hide. One game could go on for hours.
Snowball fight or making snow families?
Definitely snow ball fight! Oh, the hours spent creating a snow fort and building up our arsenal…
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
All three! It’s impossible to choose one over the other.
Favorite Holiday song?
I love The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’. It captures Christmas perfectly and you can’t help jigging along to it.
Favorite holiday movie?
Love Actually. I love Jamie, Colin Firth’s character. He gets kicked in the teeth when it comes to love, but he regroups on Christmas Eve and makes a spontaneous dash to propose to the real love of his life. I’m a giant sap, and that scene gets me in flood of tears every time.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Snow snow SNOW! The more, the merrier.
Most memorable holiday memory?
One Christmas Eve, the snow started drifting down from the sky in those big, fat flakes that look like they’ve been sculpted. Soon, everything was covered in a white blanket. It was a wonderful prelude to Christmas.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Er… popcorn balls? No. Thank God!
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Definitely a real tree! When I was young, my family used to trek out to the woods to cut one down. I can’t imagine Christmas without the smell of pine (and lots of needles to clean up afterwards!).
What are your holiday plans this year?
This year, for the first time in a while, I’m heading from my home in London to Canada, where I grew up. I can’t wait! Fingers crossed for a white Christmas.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
Sticky toffee pudding! A moist sponge base covered with warm toffee sauce… yum.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
I am SO not a cook, so I’m afraid I have no recipes to share! You’ll have to ask my husband.
Holiday party tip?
Drink lots of wine.
Favorite holiday decoration?
Hmm… I do love holly! It’s sold in all the Christmas markets in London, and it’s so cheerful and festive.
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
I’m the world’s worst present-wrapper, but I think it’s more personal to wrap it.
Gifts or gift cards?
I’m a fan of either. I do like gift cards, though, because then you have even more to look forward to. There’s nothing better than buying something for yourself without spending your own money!
Do you eat fruitcake?
Ugh, no. I am so not a fruitcake fan. It’s just… wrong. I prefer sticky toffee pudding!
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
No, no movies for me on Christmas Day. I really just want to sit around by the fire and stuff my face.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
You’ll have to ask Santa that one! Ha!
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
A Kindle Fire! Please please pleeeeeease!
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
A firm no on that one. I’m not much of a shopper, and the thought of braving the crowds on Boxing Day makes me shudder.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!