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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview with Linda O. Johnston

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I’d like to welcome Linda O. Johnston to share the beauty of the season with us.


Favorite Holiday tradition?

I don’t mean to be the Bah, Humbug type — or maybe I do — but in my family traditions change almost from year to year.   The main thing I love about the holiday season is that, as flexible as we tend to be, we do try to make it all about family.  As many of us as possible get together each year, sometimes at our home in L.A., and sometimes at my mother-in-law’s farm in Ohio.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

I live in L.A.!  Okay, I did grow up in Pittsburgh, so snow was part of my life.  So were snow ball fights in my delightful suburban neighborhood.  And, yes, I did try to learn how to ski, especially since we had a rope tow right in our own backyard for all the neighborhood kids.  But, no, I was never a successful skier.  Sledder?  Somewhat.  And I did take a class in ice skating in college and loved it — till I fell at full speed onto my knees.

Favorite Christmas song?

Well, I’ve always enjoyed the Chipmunks Christmas Song.  Also, I’ll Be Home For Christmas is one I like.  They’re both so emotional.  Well, okay, I’ll Be Home For Christmas is.

Favorite holiday movie?

I’ll take White Christmas.

Favorite holiday story to read?

A Christmas Carol, of course.  Didn’t I already mention Bah, Humbug?

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

As I said, I live in L.A. now.  I’m sometimes in the east during the holiday season, and I don’t mind the cold — but I sure don’t want to try to go anywhere in the snow!

Most memorable holiday memory?

Watching my sons open their presents when they were kids.  The excitement on their faces was so fun!

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

Nope, I’m not a popcorner.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

We’ve got an artificial one.  It’s easier, smaller and more predictable.

What do you holiday eve?

We always used to open some presents then when our sons were young, then open Santa’s gifts in the morning.  Now, we wing it.

What are your holiday plans this year?

They’re crazy!  People are coming and going a lot.  I think we’ll have one Chanukah celebration, a pre-Christmas celebration, and a post-New Year’s Christmas.  Then there’s Christmas dinner with some close friends.  And most of that is subject to change.

Please share a Holiday recipe.

These days I’m much more inclined to go buy what people want…

Holiday party tip?

Lots of champagne! Oh, and a visit from Santa and elves, of course, whenever possible.

Favorite holiday decoration?

My doggies.  Sometimes they even wear hats.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

I mostly wrap–depends on the present.

Gifts or gift cards?

More gifts than gift cards. They’re more personal.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Not usually.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

Not usually.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

Doggy toys.

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

Whatever my sweet husband wants to put there!

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

No — I’ll be glad to wait out the crowds.

Happy Holidays to everyone, and have a terrific 2012!

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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