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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Author Sofie Kelly

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 Sofie Kelly, author of the Magical Cat Mysteries, to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

My favorite tradition has to be having everyone gathered around the table for Christmas dinner. Stuffing and cranberry sauce are my favorite parts of the meal.

Favorite childhood toy?

I loved getting books–no surprise. Otherwise, probably Barbie.

Favorite childhood game?

I was pretty good at Red Rover.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Making snow angels.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding, because there’s a great hill in the park very close to my house.

Favorite holiday song?

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas 

Favorite holiday movie?

Miracle on 34th Street

Favorite holiday story to read?

O Henry’s Gift of the Magi and the story of the Nativity.

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

Just a little on Christmas Eve.

Most memorable holiday memory?

At the Christmas Eve service the last hymn we sing is Silent Night. We all have candles and as we sing we pass the light from one person to the other until at the end the only light in the church is from the candles. It’s very beautiful.

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

I’ve never been a fan of popcorn balls.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

My tree is artificial and green but there is a purple one I’ve seen at the mall that I like.

What do you do holiday eve?

We always have pizza on Christmas Eve and go to church.

What are your holiday plans this year?

A friend is singing in a holiday concert the week before Christmas and I’m looking forward to hearing her. 

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


Please share a Holiday recipe.

My piecrust generally looks and tastes like cardboard, so my secret recipe for apple pie is walk to the Happy Baker and buy a pie. 

Holiday party tip?

Talk to everyone.

Favorite holiday decoration?


Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Gift bags. I have a selection of beautiful cloth bags made by my sister and I use them every year.

Gifts or gift cards?

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