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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview with Lynda Renham Cook

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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 Lynda Renham Cook to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

Mince pies, the more the merrier and Christmas trees. I love the whole decorating the Christmas tree tradition.

Favorite childhood toy?

Sketch A Pad, and yes you can still buy them.

 Favorite childhood game?

Five Stones

Snowball fight or making snow families?

Snowball fight every time.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sleigh ride, let’s stay safe.

 Favorite Holiday song?

‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’

Favorite holiday movie?

It has to be The Holiday, right? Love that movie.

Favorite holiday story to read?

Anything by Jane Austen makes my holiday perfect.

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

Lots of white cold stuff please.

Most memorable holiday memory?

My dad dressing up as Santa Claus for his grandchildren and one of them demanding he stayed until her granddad came as she wanted him to see Santa. It was tricky, very tricky…

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

No, it was always chocolate bars for us.

 Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Real, although artificial are tempting. Nothing like the smell of a real tree.

What do you holiday eve?

Snuggling up in the warm with some wine and a DVD.

What are your holiday plans this year?

Visiting family in Cambodia. It will be very different.

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

Hot chestnuts.

Please share a Holiday recipe.

You’re speaking to someone who barely cooks. Hot chestnuts. They are easy just stick in the oven or on an open fire. They will pop when done.

Holiday party tip?

Relax, have fun and everyone else will too.

Favorite holiday decoration?

Christmas cards as it reminds me of all the good friends we have.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

The year we bought my mother a puppy. What fun that year…

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Wrap with lots of ribbon. The pleasure is actually in the wrapping and unwrapping.

Gifts or gift cards?

Gift as much more personal.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Only if there is alcohol in it.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

And leave the warmth of the fire? I don’t think so.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

You’ll have to ask my husband. I’m expecting a diamond ring.

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

Always was ahead of myself. How about a diamond ring, or tickets to the Carribean…?

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

Good lord, no. I don’t have a death wish.

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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