1. Do you have a family Christmas tradition?
Family tradition here used to be for us all to sit together on Christmas Eve and watch Scrooge/A Christmas Carol (1951 Alistar Sim version), we’d open one gift only. Christmas morning meant a nice breakfast together, then we’d retire to the Christmas Tree to open gifts together. When my dad passed away, and it was just me and mom, we’d do our gifts after Scrooge on Christmas Eve, since it was just the two of us. This will be my first year alone on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, so it will be very strange.
2. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
When my sister and I were very young, we used to love to sneak out to the tree in the middle of the night and just huddle there and try to guess what was in all the pretty boxes. We never got away with it for long before we were ordered back to bed, though. One year we heard mom in the bedroom, and the door was mostly closed, so we peeked in and she was sitting on the bed with Giggles (the doll my sister wanted desperately that year) sitting on her lap, and she was laughing with the doll as she made her giggle –we cherish that memory to this day.
3. What are you looking forward to about Christmas?
I don’t know if I’m looking forward to Christmas much at all this year. My mom’s death in October took a lot of the magic out of Christmas, at least this year. Normally I love the warmth and kindness of this time of year, people are very giving for the most part.
4. Do you decorate the outside of your house at Christmas?
Not usually. I decorate inside, though, and make sure there are lights sparkling in the windows, and wreaths on the doors.
5. What type of decorations do you put on your tree?
My tree is only three feet tall, and I love to put all the miniature ornaments I can find on the tree, and the finishing touch is little red bows on the branch tips–it creates an incredible look.
6. What are some of your favourite Christmas songs?
Silver Bells was always one of my favourites, and I love Sleigh Bells, as well. I love most Christmas music, so I can have it on all day and never get tired of it.
7. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I guess that would be the Scrooge I mentioned above. I tend to watch Gone With The Wind at this time of year, too, though it has nothing to do with the holiday.
8. What’s on your Christmas menu?
I did a “Pre-Christmas” this weekend for my sister, her husband, and my mom’s best friend. Had a lovely roast, stuffing, veggies, and made a huge lemon meringue pie for dessert. I also did Pumpkin Spice muffins and Christmas Morning coffee. My sister will be doing the traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Eve.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write. In the past half dozen years, I’ve released books in all lengths and genres, and it’s something I hope to continue to do for many more years. A visit to my websites will show the diversity of what is currently available, as well as other surprises and extras!
This short story was so much fun to write - I took an Italian fairytale, re-imagined it, added romance, and my own twists. It will be out soon in audio format, as well, and it's a fun one, so I hope readers enjoy it!! Denyse