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 Wendy Lyn Watson to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
When I was little, I always woke up early in the morning, especially Christmas morning. I got up even earlier than the other kids. In order to keep me quiet so they could sleep, my parents let me open my stocking all by myself, before anyone else got up. Those pre-dawn moments — just me, the tree, and my loot — were my favorite part of the day. The little gifts and goodies that fit in the stocking were the best (even if they weren’t the most expensive), and plucking them one by one from my stocking by the light of the tree? Pure magic.
Favorite childhood toy?
A Raggedy Ann doll
Favorite childhood game?
Snowball fight or making snow families?
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Sledding! I had a metal saucer sled when I was very small. I’m not usually a thrill-seeker, but spinning and flying down snowy hills got my groove on.
Favorite Holiday song?
“Little Drummer Boy”
Favorite holiday movie?
My extended family watches A Christmas Story on a continuous loop, but I’ve always been a fan of Scrooged.
Favorite holiday story to read?
The Night Before Christmas.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Snow. Snow, snow, snow.
Most memorable holiday memory?
My cousin and I used try so hard to stay up on Christmas to catch Santa … I have great memories of us curled up on my grandma’s pullout couch poking each other and whispering silly stories, but ultimately passing out around midnight.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Oh yes! Both my great grandma on my mom’s side and my grandma on my dad’s side made popcorn balls. Off the chain. No one in the family has managed to duplicate their recipes, so I usually pass these days.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
I prefer a real tree. Since our house is just two grown-ups (and cats, who can’t be trusted), we opted for a rosemary mini-tree today.
What do you do holiday eve?
As little as possible.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Quiet Christmas with Mr. Wendy, and then off to see my family for a few days.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
Black olives. What can I say? It’s tradition.
Holiday party tip?
Keep it simple. Food, friends, family. We put so much stress on ourselves to create those “perfect moments”, but it’s the unexpected moments that happen when we’re happy that actually stay with us.
Favorite holiday decoration?
Stockings. See above.
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
I love wrapping paper. The OCD crazy lady living in the back of my brain absolutely adores getting the corners just right, and the obnoxious kid up there digs covering things with tape. BUT, my husband’s family has a very green tradition of using cloth gift bags, and that’s what I use now.
Gifts or gift cards?
Gifts. Handmade, dime store, I don’t care. But I really like actual gifts. That said, for the teenagers in my life, I give giftcards.
Do you eat fruitcake?
I’ve never even tasted it. Weird, right? It’s like this big cultural joke, and I laugh like I’m in on it, but I’m absolutely not.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
Instead of fruitcake, my family had pannetone, a sweet Italian bread. This scone recipe is my (much easier) take on that recipe.
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
Sometimes … but probably not this year.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
You’d have to ask Santa.
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
Mind Your Own Beeswax! (No, really, I’m a big Hannah Reed fan.)
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
Crowds make me lose my mind a little, so I stay home.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!