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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Louise Penny

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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 Louise Penny to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

Singing carols in the village chapel at midnight service Christmas Eve, then home for eggnog and opening a single present.

Favorite childhood toy?

A doll my father brought back from a trip to a native community in northern Canada.

Favorite childhood game?


Snowball fight or making snow families?

Snowball fight.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?


Favorite Holiday song? 

“Huron Carol” 

Favorite holiday movie? 

   Die Hard 2.

Favorite holiday story to read?

A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

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


Most memorable holiday memory?

Going to bed to green grass and waking up Christmas Day to find ourselves snowed in.  Magnificent.

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


Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Real, green.

What do you holiday eve?

Church, then open a gift.

What are your holiday plans this year?

Quiet Christmas at home with family. 

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

Nothing. As the family changes, our food changes — some vegetarian, some vegan, some gluten intolerant — so we just roll with whatever the reality is.  But I personally just love turkey drum sticks, sweet potatoes, and stuffing.  Yum!

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Wrap — but not really well…

Gifts or gift cards?


Do you eat fruitcake?

Love it.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?


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


Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours

Visit Louise’s website.

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  • Pj Schott

    Some who likes fruitcake. That’s a first!!