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 Kari Lee Townsend to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Decorating the Christmas tree. I have the kids cart out all the boxes from the basement, and we decorate the tree together. That’s when I put on Christmas music for the first time, and it really puts me in the spirit.
Favorite childhood toy?
A bike. I loved to be outside and ride bikes with my friends. There was something so freeing about that. Loved the wind in my hair and feeling alive. Probably why I love my husband’s motorcycle so much 🙂
Favorite childhood game?
Hide and seek. I especially loved playing hide and seek at night. There was something so thrilling and exciting about sneaking around in the dark.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Snow ball fight all the way. Hey, I have three boys and only one girl. What can I say? My house is very active and competitive.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Skiing. My husband and boys are in a ski club in school. I used to ski all the time, and will once more when my daughter joins ski club next year.
Favorite Holiday song?
“Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” I love the lively beat, and it’s just plain fun.
Favorite holiday movie?
Home Alone. I love watching that with my kids. So much fun.
Favorite holiday story to read?
The Night Before Christmas. The boys are all too old and too cool to be read to these days, but my daughter still enjoys it 🙂 Sigh…they grow up way too fast!
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Snow for sure! There is something so magical about a white Christmas.
Most memorable holiday memory?
The time my cousins and I stayed up late into the night at my Grandma Denny’s house, trying to see Santa and his reindeer in the sky. We swore we heard the sleigh bells. I can vividly remember what it was like to still believe 🙂
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
I remember trying one a long time ago, but not really loving them.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
We used to cut one down, but then we bought an artificial. So now I get to put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving 🙂
What do you do holiday eve?
We take turns having Christmas eve at my house or my brother’s house, with my sister and her family as well. It’s always a really fun time.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Christmas Eve at my brother’s house, Christmas day at the in-laws, and then New Year’s Eve at my house.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
We don’t really have one. We try to mix it up with something new each year. That’s half the fun. Trying and finding fabulous new favorites.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
I grew up on these, and they are sooooo delicious!
Special K Bars
*Bring 1 cup karo syrup and 1 cup sugar to a boil & remove from heat
*Stir in 1 1/2 cups peanut butter & 6 cups special K cereal
*Press mixture into buttered 9×13 inch pan
*Melt 12 oz Hershey’s chocolate chips (double boiler style)
*Pour over mixture and put in fridge to harden
*cut and enjoy 🙂
Holiday party tip?
Don’t spend all your time cooking and cleaning. Make sure you spend time with friends and family and enjoy yourself. That’s the whole point.
Favorite holiday decoration?
I have a fiberoptic smaller Christmas tree that I love. It’s just so pretty. I also love the lighted garland on my staircase.
Please share some magical holiday memories?
My favorite is the look on my kids faces on Christmas morning as they open their gifts. Priceless. I would much rather give than receive.
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Wrap for sure. And my kids wrap everyone else’s gifts. It’s more personal.
Gifts or gift cards?
I personally prefer gifts. It’s hard to know what someone might want, but it means so much more when someone picks out something they think you might like.
Do you eat fruitcake?
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
No. We spend Christmas about an hour away with my husband’s family, so we don’t get home until late. While we’re there, it’s all about opening gifts, eating, and spending time together catching up on what’s been going on in our lives. Then it’s home that night, exhausted.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
I hope something good 🙂
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink aka swink*
Oh, I’d love some new books to read…hint hint, Santa! And maybe a new book deal for books 4, 5, and 6 of The Fortune Teller Mysteries. Now THAT would rock 🙂
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
We usually spend that day putting together any gifts that need to be assembled, watching movies and possibly returning anything that needs a different size, etc. But usually we save that task for one day during that week. Shopping on the 26th isn’t any more appealing than black Friday.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!