Holiday Questions ~ Terri Bruce

1. Favorite Holiday Song & Movie?
Oh, it’s so hard to pick just one of each! For songs, I love “Mary’s Boy Child” by Boney M., “Marshmallow World” by Dean Martin, and the John William’s arrangement of Sleigh Ride. For movies, I think my favorite is “One Magic Christmas” with Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton.

2. Favorite Holiday Family Tradition?
Decorating the tree was always my favorite—dad was in charge of putting the tree together and putting the lights on. Then mom and us kids would put on the decorations. So there was always this negotiation to get my dad to do his part—he would hem and haw and drag his feet and my sister and I would follow him around the house, BEGGING him to go get the tree and put it up! It was the same every year; eventually he would start laughing, give in, and get the tree at the point where my sister and I would begin to despair that he wasn’t going to do it.
As an adult, my favorite tradition is that my husband always puts a can of Spam in my stocking. I call it my Christmas Spam. I happen to like Spam and I totally forget how the tradition started, but we’ve been together 20 years, and every year there’s Christmas Spam 🙂 Wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

3. Favorite Holiday Food? Who makes it the best?
My mom always made something called “Christmas Tree Bread” which was awesome – sweet bread/rolls, shaped like a Christmas tree. She’d pop it in the oven first thing Christmas morning and we’d have nice hot rolls while opening presents. Yum!

4. Which of Santa’s Reindeers best describes you? Why?
I’m sorry to say that it’s probably Rudolph! I’m klutzy, a little bit of an oddball/odd man out, and I blush really easily so I’m always sort of red all over 🙂

5. Do you decorate your house or office for the holidays? Is it religious decorated, secular or a mix of both?
I do decorate; I start decorating right after Halloween, putting up a bit at a time, ending with putting the tree up the Friday after Thanksgiving (that was always the tradition in our house growing up). I throw a big Thanksgiving open house the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I like to have all my Christmas decorations up for that so that’s why I start so early.

6. Favorite Holiday Book(s)/Reading
You know, I don’t really have one! Every year I mean to read “A Christmas Carol” (I’ve seen many movie versions but never actually read the book) but never find the time to do it.

7. This or That ~ Hot Chocolate or Egg Nog? Awww, man, can’t I have both Hot Chocolate and Egg Nog? Hmmm…I love hot chocolate but I REALLY love the ‘nog, so I’m going to have to go with that, I guess.
Turkey or Ham? Turkey all the way. I don’t like ham – at all! Yuck!
Religious or Secular? Secular
Santa or Frosty? Santa
Hot Toddy or Hot Cider? Mmmm, hot cider!

8. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Least favorite part?
I like most parts of the holiday season—one thing I especially love is that every year my sister and I put together a tree or basket in memory of our mom for my sister’s library’s Festival of Trees. That’s become a very special part of our holidays each year. We’ve become known as the “Breast Cancer” tree each year. The least favorite part is going to the mall for last minute gifts! Every year I vow I’m going to get my shopping done early and every year there’s always one or two people I’m stumped on and I end up at the mall.

9. Let it Snow or Holiday in the Sun?
I’m from NH – it’s not Christmas without snow! I was in Hawaii one year in December and “Christmas Trees” made out of stacked up Poinsettias is not really the same. 🙂

10. Favorite Childhood Holiday Memory?
Oh, there are too many to share! The holidays were always special—my mother was pretty strict and we didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but she loved the holidays and always made sure they were completely magical. Every part of Halloween through New Year’s was always amazing.

11. Stay up late & wait for Santa or Bed early & get up early to see what Santa brought?
LOL – both! We weren’t allowed to so much as touch our presents before our parents were up, but my parents quickly found that back fired—we’d be bouncing on the bed for them to get up at like 4 am. So then we were forbidden from trying to wake them before 6:30 am. Well, my sister and I learned at an early age that if we made a pot of coffee that usually got our parents up, so we’d start the coffee brewing at 6 am. So then my parents got a little savvier and let us open our stockings before they were up – which bought them a couple more hours of uninterrupted sleep. It was always a negotiation—them trying to find ways to stall us so they could sleep late and us finding ways around the rules.

12. What is your holiday wish?
I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season—enough to eat, a warm bed, and the love of family and friends.

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