Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Interview with Lori Power

1. Do you have a family Christmas tradition?
Several we have carried with us from our childhood, but I’ll tell you about a new one we started when my husband and I moved away from Nova Scotia on our first Christmas together in Prince George, British Columbia. Lacking two pennies to rub together (when pennies were still minted) we filled our tree with wrapped essentials—tooth brushes, soap, crackers—basically a grocery order. We spent time to wrap the most lowly in the nicest, prettiest paper, complete with a bow and boy did we have a laugh Christmas morning. The object was to ‘find’ the actual gift under the tree amongst the fun. Now, twenty years later, my kids have the same treat. It is always a giggle when one or the other finds the Ketchup bottle instead of what they were hoping to get to under the tree, or the crackers when they were searching for that one gift they know is waiting—but where?

2. What is your favorite Christmas memory? 
We lived in Ontario for a few years when I was a child and one of my favourite memories is when my uncle took my cousin and I on the ‘go train’ into Toronto for the Santa Claus parade. I sat on his shoulders, ate popcorn (most of which fell in his hair) and enjoyed the best parade ever. It was all a kid could imagine, complete with magic, glitter, dancing and of course, candy.

3. What are you looking forward to about Christmas? 
The quiet after the storm of anticipation. We are not big on the rush for the Christmas meal. It happens when it happens, if it happens. Oh, we have all the preparations, but really Christmas is that one day of the year where a person can really relax, surround themselves with holiday music, the movies, the enchantment and just be and though we don’t always success, that is the goal.

4. Do you decorate the outside of your house at Christmas? 
Yes, but simply. Lights and a wreath.

5. What type of decorations do you put on your tree? 
It’s a real hodge-podge, no themes. More of a gathering of memories fashion in the way of a decoration for the tree. Each decoration is as original as the giver. The home-made, the purchased, the gifts and somehow, every year no matter where each one ends up on the tree, they all work.

6. What are some of your favourite Christmas songs? 
Anything by Bing Crosby or Elvis

7. What is your favourite Christmas movie? 
I’m so cheesy. “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

8. What’s on your Christmas menu? 
Turkey, with all the trimmings, gluten-free.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Lori Power, mother of two, married to one, daughter of a sailor, originated in Nova Scotia. Lori has lived all over Canada, but is proud to call Alberta home. President of MP Benefits Inc. by day, Lori is a group benefit specialist with more than 17-years of experience in placing creative benefit packages for Alberta businesses, concentrating on offering education and solution-based benefits. An aspiring author, Lori has published one romance novel “Storms of Passion” and a Gluten-free cookbook.


  1. Dear Lori, your Christmas memories and traditions sound so heartwarming. And love the "unexpected" gift idea. Wishing you and yours, a wonderful Holiday and all the best in the New Year.

  2. Lori, I love the everyday items wrapped as presents. What a neat idea. Although, I have to wonder what my kids would think if they tore off the gift wrapping and found ketchup.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday.