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 Jessica Park to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
A drive around to look at holiday lights. There are a few streets in the neighborhood that are nearly unbelievable… thousands of lights, moving figures that play music, inflated characters… the works. One year we saw Santa in front of a house, and he came up to our car and handed our son a candy cane. I will never forget my son taking a lick and saying, rather breathlessly, “It takes like magic.”
Favorite childhood toy?
Sea Wees. I was absolutely obsessed with these little mermaid toys and their floating lily pads.
Favorite childhood game?
Hungry Hungry Hippos, much to my mother’s annoyance.
Snowball fight or making snow families?
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Oooooh, I’d love to go on a sleigh ride!
Favorite Holiday song?
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”
Favorite holiday movie?
Favorite holiday story to read?
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
An attractive snow, just enough to cover the branches but not cause travel trouble.
Most memorable holiday memory?
When I was about 11, I saw my mother admiring a very expensive long wool coat in a store. I took all of my babysitting money and, with a little help from my dad, bought my mom the coat. I will never, never forget the look on her face when she opened it. It was awesome.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Either, depending on the year, and green.
What do you do holiday eve?
A quiet evening at home with a few small presents, a holiday movie and a simple dinner.
What are your holiday plans this year?
My husband and son and I will do presents at home in the morning and then we’ll go to my parents’ house for most of the day. A big dinner and lots of love.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
My mother made a standing rib roast a few years ago, and now we all insist on it every Christmas. It’s absolutely perfect.
Holiday party tip?
Go to someone else’s house.
Favorite holiday decoration?
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Wrap, put in a gift bag, and add a bow.
Gifts or gift cards?
Tons and tons of both.
Do you eat fruitcake?
Good God, no.
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
Nope. Movies at home is fun, but I like to stick near the lighted tree!
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
Better be damn good stuff or I’m going to have a full-blown tantrum.
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
Swink back at you. Not telling.
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
Nah, the day after is a day to clean up after the chaos and try to enjoy some new toys.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!