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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Carolyn Hart

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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 Carolyn Hart to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite holiday tradition?

Buying poinsettias.

Favorite childhood toy?

Never a toy, always a book. But I do remember a chemistry set with pleasure.

Favorite childhood game?

Kick-the-can.

Snowball fight or making snow families?

Instead, making a snowman on the rare occasions that we had enough snow!

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding.

Favorite holiday song?

“It Came upon a Midnight Clear.”

Favorite holiday movie?

It’s a Wonderful Life

Favorite holiday story to read?

Rudolph.

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

A chill will suffice.

Most memorable holiday memory?

Attending the family Christmas Eve service when our children were young.

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

No.

Real tree or artificial?

Real.

Green or white?

Green.

What do you do holiday eve?

The Christmas Eve service.

What are your holiday plans this year?

We will spend the holiday with our daughter and her family.

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

In earlier years, my mother’s Parker House rolls. In more recent years, my daughter’s artichoke dip.

Please share a holiday recipe.

Dressing: To 4 cups of crumbled bread (consisting of corn bread, biscuits, loaf bread and cracker crumbs), add 1 and 1/2 cups of stock. Beat and mix. Add 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup butter, cut fine 1/2 onion, 2 teaspoons sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, mix thoroughly, bake for a half hour (until lightly browned). Serves about 6. Double recipe for more.

Holiday party tip?

Always have artichoke dip.

Favorite holiday decoration?

Poinsettias.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

Any Christmas spent with family is precious, and there are years of memories, each one special.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Wrap.

Gifts or gift cards?

Both.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Rarely.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

It is a day spent with family.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

A new office chair. Large stocking.

What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*

Laughter.

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

Never.

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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