What is your favorite holiday tradition?
On Christmas Eve, we all get comfortable on the sofa with warm blankets, hot mugs of cocoa and put on a family Christmas themed DVD to watch if there is nothing we fancy on the TV. Christmas Eve is really the start of the Holiday season for me because that’s when we finally get time to all sit down and make time for each other – and it’s also when we start tucking in to the treats too!
What’s your favorite holiday food?
Christmas pudding (a British tradition which is a bit like a hot fruit cake – often laden with alcohol!) is my absolute favorite. My parents fed this to me for my very first Christmas and I loved it so much that I was a little ill afterwards but it never put me off. I love it served with brandy butter.
What do you love most about the season?
It’s family time. My husband works very long hours but he always has 2 or 3 weeks off over the Christmas period which really helps to compensate. It’s just having a real quality of time with my most cherished friends and family.
What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
My childhood dog Basil (an Airedale Terrier) was a very cheeky chap. One year, he managed to let himself into the lounge where our Christmas tree was and he helped himself to all the chocolates that he could reach on the tree. The funny thing was that he managed to chew off and spit out all the foil wrappers so the sight we were met with the next day was just of a floor littered with glittering little bits of foil. I loved that dog and that’s one of my best memories of him.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Oh yes. We rarely get a white Christmas because we live in an area that doesn’t get very much snow. We’re more likely to get snow in April than Christmas Day. But snow makes it very magical indeed.
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