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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview with Mary Moody

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I’d like to welcome Mary Moody to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition?

I come from a different age. I am, alas, an Old Lady, and my Holidays were not only pre-technology, they were pre-TV! But Christmas Eve, rather than the Day, was the big celebration in our house.

Favorite childhood toy?

Anything I could draw on, or write on.

Favorite childhood game?

In the good weather we played street games such as Kick the Can, Tag, Red Rover, Red Rover… in Winter our board games came out – Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Go. But it was great when Scrabble was invented, oh, those wonderful words.

Snow ball fight or making snow families?

Snow forts were a specialty in my family.

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Sledding, and very often dodging traffic while doing it. How did we survive?

Favorite Holiday song?

“The Bell Song” – I never tire of it.

Favorite holiday movie?

Miracle on 34th St – the one with Natalie Wood.

Favorite holiday story to read?

All of them – any of them, and I still read that way.

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

I still love the snow, I get tired of it around April though.

Most memorable holiday memory?

When I was 10 my folks brought my fourth sister home from the hospital, and they also brought home our first TV set, which I found more fascinating than the new sister. There was quite a lot of snow in the TV pictures in those days, but it was wonderful.

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

Yes I did, and no I don’t.

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Real then, and a tiny replica now.

What do you holiday eve?

We spend the Eve at that same fourth sister’s house, where she and her husband have a spectacular real tree, and their house is a fairy-land . It’s wonderful.

What are your holiday plans this year?

Family get-togethers in several places, then a simple dinner for anyone that’s around, at my house on the 25th .

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

Hmmm, that’s a hard one; there are so many. Maybe it’s my mother’s apple pie, which all of the sisters make, but maybe it’s too hard to choose, as we love anything that smacks of Christmas.

Please share a Holiday recipe.

Here’s a quick and easy one from my sister penny (my 3rd sister)

Artichoke Dip

2 cans of artichoke in water, drained and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients and put into small casserole. Bake 20 minutes at 325 F.

Serve with crackers or French bread.

Holiday party tip?

Have plenty of paper towels on hand.

Favorite holiday decoration?

A truly goofy tree that sings Jingle Bells while rolling its eyes and blinking its lights. By now it’s about 25 years old and on its last leg, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

So many of them are of people who are gone now, I think I’ll just dwell on the coming moments of magic that Christmas always brings.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?

Those gift bags are a blessing.

Gifts or gift cards?

Both, but for the adults, the gifts are apt to be of the stocking stuffer variety.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Love it!

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

Never, we have so much family that we don’t get to visit so often any more.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*

Don’t know, but it will be something silly.

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

I don’t know, because I don’t “get it”.

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

No, I prepare for a writing marathon, after all that time away from the computer.

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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