What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
Living in NYC. We lived on the 7th floor.
What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?
My favorite Christmas memory is sort of a Gift of the Magi story. My husband and I are big 80s fans. This was probably about 20 years ago. I finally found a DVR copy of the classic breakdancing movie,
Is there a Christmas son that's your favorite?
A. Secular -- I have two--1. "Winter Wonderland" and 2. "Baby It's Cold Outside"-pretty much any version. Sure, it sounds like the stalker song... but I just love it! I have a book (not yet published) with the title.
B. Religious "O' Holy Night" by Clay Aiken
Tell us about your family's Christmas traditions.
Despite our children being teenagers, my husband enjoys waiting to wrap the presents. So, what we do is go out on Christmas Eve, pick up some hot salty fries from McDonald's and then we drive from neighborhood to neighborhood looking at all the lights. We stay out as late as possible.
What about Christmas do you most enjoy?
There's something about the act of giving. I personally think I am the gift-whisperer. I love searching year 'round for the ultimate gift for a person. I love the look of surprise when a recipient feels touched.
Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?
It drives me nuts to see parents practically going broke to buy their kids EVERYTHING they want for Christmas.
What do you hope for this Christmas?
With my oldest child 21, I suspect any day now she's going to want to move out. I want just a few more Christmases with her in my home rather than coming to visit.
Do you have a treasured Christmas food? If so, would you care to share the recipe?
We've made it a tradition to try one new thing each holiday season. This year, I'm going to (1) not eat all the doughnuts! I plan on saving the last few (because I can never throw away the last doughnut) from here until Christmas Eve-Day and (2) not waste any doughnuts by reviving them with the following recipe. Just, as you go along snagging doughnuts here and there (office parties, y'all, not random places) and place them in the freezer in a storage bag.