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Winter Holiday Fireside Moments: Interview with Gloria Mallette

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I’d like to welcome Gloria Mallette to share the beauty of the season with us.

Favorite Holiday tradition? 

I guess my favorite holiday tradition would be going through the Christmas stocking.  I like mine stuffed so that there are a lot of little nice presents inside the stocking.  I have gotten gold bracelets, winning lottery tickets, a ring. Nice.

Favorite childhood toy?

Oh so long ago, my favorite childhood toy was actually a doll. I remember one year getting Barbie, Ken, and Madge, Barbie’s best friend.  I always wanted to latest doll — which I always got. They were all my favorites.

Favorite childhood game?

I learned to play Scrabble when I was a kid. To this day, Scrabble is still my favorite game.

Snowball fight or making snow families?

Sorry, never participated in snowball fights or made snow angels. I don’t like playing in snow because just looking at it makes me cold. Brrrrrr!

Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?

Can’t handle being out in the cold much less playing or riding in it.  It is wonderful to look out at snow from inside a warm house.

Favorite Holiday song?

Actually, I really like two songs: “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World”. 

Favorite holiday movie?
I have probably seen It’s a Wonderful Life 40 times since I was a kid. If I’m channel surfing and see that it is on, I always stop and watch it. Of course now I see more in the movie than I did as a kid or a young adult. The characters are a great study.

Favorite holiday story to read?

I still like to read the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

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

Snow and I don’t get along too well, especially if I have to go outside and help shovel it. So I’ll take a chill in the air any day.

Most memorable holiday memory?

My most memorable holiday memory is when I was seven and got this really big doll that was just a tall as I was. My doll had brown skin just like me, black hair, and she could walk. I only recently gave that doll away to a little girl of about seven.

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

Never ate popcorn balls as a kid and still don’t. I prefer to eat cashews and pecans which we always got for Christmas along with a basket of fruit (apples and oranges).

Real tree or artificial? Green or white?

Artificial and it has to be green.  For some reason it always bothered me that we cut down beautiful trees to decorate and then throw away.  I applaud those who find uses for the trees, but I know people who just throw them in the woods or alongside the road to let them decompose or rot. That is such a waste.

What do you holiday eve?
Most holiday eves I am usually cooking, but this year we will be going to a resort on Christmas Eve and staying through the holiday. This will be different for us as we usually go to New York City to see a Broadway show or take in the Christmas Extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall. Aside from a great restaurant, the resort has a water park, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and so much more. There will also be a special Christmas celebration.  I can’t wait.

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

There are several traditional dishes I always make, but I guess sweet potato pie and macaroni and cheese  would be the two holiday dishes we can’t go without.

Holiday party tip?
Not a one. I like a more intimate, quite celebration of Christmas.

Favorite holiday decoration?

Christmas lights, especially white lights, on houses.  This year I put stars across the front of my house. It is a beautiful sight.

Please share some magical holiday memories?

For me, the most magical holiday memory I have is the smell of Christmas throughout the house — the smell of apples and oranges placed around the house. The smell of ginger bread, sweet potato pie w/cinnamon & nutmeg, the smell of cake cooking in the oven.

Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Wrapping. Nothing like tearing paper off presents.

Gifts or gift cards?
Gifts for those who are easy to please.  Gift cards, for those who are picky.  Me? I always tell my husband what I want and pick it out myself.

Do you eat fruitcake?

Does anyone?  Fruit cake always looked to complicated, too dense, too fake like it is only for show. Not very appetizing.

Do you head to the movies on the 25th?

Actually, for years we headed to Broadway in NYC.  Last year we did the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall—It was amazing.  This year, we’re heading to Split Rock Resort which has its own movie theater, bowling alley, indoor water park, spa.  So we probably will see a movie this year.

What’s in your stocking?  *wink*
A Dell Inspiron Duo —lol.

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

A winning lottery ticket — someone wins, why not me. Lol

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

Never have and never will get caught up in the madness of the day after Christmas at the mall.

My warmest holiday wishes to you & your loved ones!

Diane, thank you. I wish you, your family, and your readers a fabulous holiday as well. All the best for the new year.

Thank you so much, Gloria.  Here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012. Wow! 2012.

Happy Holidays from my house to yours!

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