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 Virginia Lowell to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Carols. Cookies. Eggnog with rum. Remembering the history of our ornaments. I can’t pick just one!
Favorite childhood toy?
A pseudo-Barbie doll with clothes my mom made.
Favorite childhood game?
“I Doubt It” because it encouraged making things up. Okay, lying. Is that so wrong?
Snowball fight or making snow families?
Snow ball fight, definitely. With a snow fort and lots of snow ammo.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Sleigh rides. I wouldn’t want to hurt myself.
Favorite Holiday song?
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with the original words sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis.
Favorite holiday movie?
A Christmas Story, with Darren McGavin. It’s hilarious!
Favorite holiday story to read?
The Gift of the Magi
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Snow! The fluffy kind, all day.
Most memorable holiday memory?
The year my dad tried to convince my sister and me to take a break from opening gifts, to stretch out the pleasure. We lasted maybe fifteen minutes.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Nope. It’s always been cookies for me.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
I’m horribly allergic to real trees, so we have a green artificial tree. It’s great! We can bend the branches to best display our ornaments.
What do you holiday eve?
Egg nog and rum in front of the fire. With cats on our laps.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Stay home with my husband and two cats.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
Dressing with sausage. It’s the worst thing I could do for my arteries, but hey, who wants to live forever?
Please share a Holiday recipe.
Dressing with sausage, of course. It’s easy: Use Pepperidge Farm dressing, follow the directions, and add one pound cooked, loose sausage, preferably spicy. Then bake for about 20 minutes to lightly brown the top. It’s bad for you. Enjoy!
Holiday party tip?
We just gave one, so I’d say “Don’t do it!” But if you must, invite fun people and serve plenty of wine and, of course, cookies.
Favorite holiday decoration?
Two porcelain elves from my childhood.
Please share some magical holiday memories?
As a kid, I went caroling with the kids from my neighborhood. At each home, we were greeted with a treat — hot chocolate, cookies, candy….
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Wrap! I love to wrap gifts and use lots of ribbon.
Gifts or gift cards?
Gifts. I like to match the gift to the person. Of course, my nieces love gift cards, so that’s what I give them!
Do you eat fruitcake?
Anyone who hates fruitcake has not tasted my brother-in-law’s fruitcake. He uses lots of candied fruit, and his secret is rum. He pours it over his fruitcakes with abandon until they are really, um, moist.
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
We’ve thought about it, but it would mean leaving home and the fire.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
We usually run out of time before we get to filling stockings.
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
Ooh, a gift certificate for a one-hour massage. Therapeutic, of course. What did you think I meant?
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
Not a chance. I’m petite; I might be trampled.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
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