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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Jo Treggiari

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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 Jo Treggiari to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite holiday tradition?

The Tree-lighting.

Favorite childhood toy?

My pajama dog.

Favorite childhood game?

Clue. I figured out how to lie to uncover the murderer.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Both! Cannot decide. My kids usually force me to make snow frogs, snow deer, snow Super Mario….

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding.

Favorite holiday song?

The Pogues - “Fairytale of New York” 

Favorite holiday movie?

 The Grinch who stole Christmas (the animated one)

Favorite holiday story to read?

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

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

Snow!

Most memorable holiday memory?

Each of my children’s first Christmases.

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

Nope.I’m not sure what they are even. Sort of like a rice krispie treat?

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Real tree.

What do you do holiday eve?

Drink cocoa, make popcorn & cranberry chains, watch a movie, wrap presents.

What are your holiday plans this year?

Stay home with the family. 

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

 Gingerbread cake with whipped cream.

Please share a Holiday recipe.

I’ll give you an easy one. 1 lb of good quality dark or milk cooking chocolate ( it should be sweetened already), 1lb of white chocolate. Crushed peppermint candy canes. Melt the dark chocolate in a metal or glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Pour it onto a rimmed baking sheet and let cool. Melt the white chocolate the same way. Let it cool a little and then pour it on top of the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes pressing it into the surface. Refrigerate until cold then crack into pieces.

Holiday party tip?

Mulled wine is nice because it tastes good and doesn’t have too much alcohol in it. Other than that, invite people that you sincerely like and enjoy.

Favorite holiday decoration?

I love wreaths. Real ones smelling of pine.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

My son’s first Christmas. He spent most of his time inside the paper bag we were using for the recycling. My daughter who insisted on wearing her Rudolph antlers every day for a month.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Wrap. And I especially like plain brown paper because I think it makes the package more exciting.

Gifts or gift cards?

Gifts. I shop all year round.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Hell, no! British mother ensured I was inflicted with fruitcake when I was a helpless child.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th

No. We go for a long, brisk walk and then lounge around for the rest of the day.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

Many mysterious things.

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

A tall, dark mysterious person.

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

No. I’m not opposed to re-gifting but I think it’s sort of rude to get rid of something given to you that someone else has spent time thinking about.

Thank you so much.

Thank you!

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

Jo’s website/Facebook

 

 

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