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 Joanna Campbell Slan to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Sitting by myself in the dark and looking at the Christmas tree all lit up. I just like being alone and enjoying the silence. I wait until everyone else is asleep and go sit.
Favorite childhood toy?
My Barbie doll. I loved making doll clothes.
Favorite childhood game?
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Neither. I hate being cold!
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Favorite Holiday song?
“In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”
Favorite holiday movie?
Bell, Book & Candle.
Favorite holiday story to read?
The Birds Christmas Carol.
Snow on holiday eve or just a chill in the air?
Most memorable holiday memory?
My husband (who is Jewish) bringing me a Christmas tree our first Christmas.
Did you eat popcorn balls as a kid? If you did, do you still?
Yes, but there was a lady in the neighborhood who always made them for Halloween, so they were a Halloween treat, not a Christmas one.
Real tree or artificial? Green or white?
Since I’ve moved to Florida, I have a white artificial tree with blue and green ornaments.
What do you do holiday eve?
Go to church.
What are your holiday plans this year?
Being with my family here on the island. Walking the beach. I don’t need any stuff, just the people I love.
What’s the one holiday dish your family can’t go without?
Chocolate covered cherries. I always bought them for my mother, and now that she’s gone, I buy a box for myself in her honor.
Please share a Holiday recipe.
Mix one can of cherry pie filling with two cans of fruit cocktail, drained. Add a cup of walnut pieces. Mix and serve. Yummy and colorful!
Holiday party tip?
I buy white washcloths and put them in baskets for people to dry their hands on.
Favorite holiday decoration?
I have a Santa made from an empty toilet paper roll that my little sister did for me the year we were on Welfare. It speaks to me of hope, love, and creativity.
Please share some magical holiday memories?
I remember being in the UK and having a big Christmas dinner with our British neighbors. The meal was fabulous, and afterwards, we pulled crackers! How fun it was to hear them pop and see the lovely gifts inside.
Wrap, gift bag or bow & go?
Gifts or gift cards?
Both. It depends on the person.
Do you eat fruitcake?
I did in the UK, with Wensleydale cheese and port. That’s really the way to eat it. Otherwise, it just doesn’t taste good.
Do you head to the movies on the 25th?
Nope. I love to stay home.
What’s in your stocking? *wink*
Probably a kit, so I can get Sirius radio. I can’t always pick up NPR, so that would be super.
What do you want in your stocking? *saucy wink a.k.a. swink*
I’d also like a Samsung tablet. My brother-in-law and sister both have one and love them.
Do you head out on the 26th into the madness to exchange or shop for anything?
Heavens, NO. I hate crowds.
Thank you so much.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
Same to you, Diane!
Thank you, Joanna!