1) let's start this easy, How do celebrate the Holidays?Holidays are all about family for me. We moved back to Texas to be closer to my parents and siblings and my husband’s sister. This year we are starting a new Christmas tradition of a white elephant gift exchange, rather than buying “real” gifts. With Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving this year, it reminded me that Christmas should NOT be about what gifts we’ll get, but rather what experiences would make our lives richer. So we decided on laughter, among other “feel good” things. We may add a contest for the ugliest Christmas pajamas or sweater too. As for the celebration part, we have a Christmas eve get together for the gift giving (with yummy snacks and tamales), then have a “big meal” day on Christmas. I think it will be a prime rib this year, according to one of my sisters. I’m a recovering meat lover who is eating more veggies, so the dinner will be a challenge, but always fun.
[OMG! I eat TAMALES for X-Mas too!! =D]
2) I know you have 2 cats and a dog and was wondering, have you ever dressed them up for Christmas? [if you have are there pictures? I love animals!]We have FOUR rescue animals. Two cats and two dogs. The cats: Pinot Grigio (my male yellow Tabby) and Foochie Focker. (Foochie has taken to hide all day from Sancho, our newest dog. She usually hides under furniture, so we sometimes call her Anne Frank.)
The dogs: Taco (my sweet freckled girl with the tiny ears) and Sancho, our latest little man (the adorable sprawler with a terminal case of cute). We rescued them all from death row. (The cats are camera shy, especially at Christmas. They attack tinsel at night, but are angels during the daylight. Only Sancho would wear elf hats and reindeer antlers, because he could totally rock that goofy attire, but we haven’t had him long enough to test that theory.)
BTW – we wondered what breed our dogs were so we CSI’d them and took a swab to test their DNA. (Yeah, bored people do this kind of thing.) There are kits you can buy and you get a certificate back to make it official. Each dog is 6-8 different breeds, but Taco is primarily border collie and Saluki. Sancho is Chow and German Shepherd.
[OMG! They are SO CUTE!! @_@]
3) Do you have a favorite holiday movie?
We watch the classics every year: A Christmas Story (we even have a leg lamp), It’s a Wonderful Life, and Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. I’d like to broaden our list, so if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear.
[Yeah it was pretty much the same at my house this year too!]
4) What would be your perfect Christmas present?I’m not into presents, so my perfect gift would be spending time and sharing an experience with the people that I love. I’m that kid who rips open the gift and plays with the box. Making something from nothing is an amazing gift to share.
[Aww, yeah i would probably play with the wrapper too ^_^]
5) Does your family come over for Christmas? If so, then has there been any crazy/funny memories from these gatherings?We usually go to my parent’s house, a gathering spot for my whole fam-damily. I moved all over the country when I worked for the energy industry, before I became a writer full time. We even lived in Alaska for ten years, so I have countless memories that I will always cherish, but my favorite one happened only one time. I could never recreate it, for some reason, but I feel blessed that it happened at all.
My husband and I were in Alaska and spending it alone for the first time. We made the decision to try a new church in downtown Anchorage, a cozy picturesque chapel filled with people for the midnight service. Snow had started to fall and came in big soft tufts as we walked toward the church, listening to our boots crunch the snow. We didn’t talk. Snowflakes melted on our faces. Light from the church glowed on the snow, making it a stained glass beacon that night. Inside the church, the place was packed and the choir was in rare form. After the service, we headed home, to our condo at the base of the Chugach foothills. The snow hadn’t stopped. Big flakes wafted on the wind and there is nothing better than to watch it from inside a warm house. We were too wired to sleep so we waited up for Santa. We kept the lights out in our living room and watched the snow fall through a big window near our lighted tree.
We decided to open one gift and made our random choice—a bottle of champagne with two glasses. Perfect! We sipped champagne and watched the snow drift for hours, being grateful for absolutely everything. That was a gift to remember AND an experience. And it always reminds me of the one moment in “A Christmas Story” where the husband and wife are alone on Christmas eve, sitting in the dark with their arms wrapped around each other, as they did the same thing we did (only BEFORE they did). Ah, thanks for asking such a great question.
[no problem! Really nice memory =D ]
6) If you could make one unlimited wish, what would you wish for? [ex. world peace, total domination, love, wealth, etc.]I’d wish for kindness. Just think what we could do if we all had that.
[Ah, very true. What everyone needs.]Well that was it guys! What did I tell you AH-MA-ZING, right?! Thanks Jordan for kindly being on the HOT SEAT today! =D now...
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