What are you thankful for this year? My family, friends, and, of course - sweet potato pie with mini marshmallows.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving meal food? Everything - the turkey, the afore mentioned sweet potatoes, the stuffing, oy.
What are your favorite winter activities? I gotta be honest. I hate the cold. Sure, that first snow is great, kicking up the holiday music and getting toasty. I love to decorate the tree, though I’m Jewish and I know this is frowned upon. But I adore it as much as I love to light my great grandmother’s menorah and sing the prayers from the back of the candle box. How could God be angry at such a simple pleasure? In Australia, we have a potted tree that we use as a Christmas tree. When I learned that people use other kinds of trees beside the traditional pine, I thought, oh, how cool! So now it’s a whole new business—working out how to decorate this leafy tree; never mind how big it’s getting!
How do you spend the holidays? With my family, whenever I can! This year for Christmas, my husband has to work, so we will be spending the holiday with other friends marooned at home. I’m sure it will be wonderful, and most importantly…filling.
What is the best present you have ever received - or given? Oooh, that’s a toughie. I’ve been wrongly accused by my family of being like Rachel on Friends - an impossible gift exchanger. But I take issue with that - one ottoman hiding in a basement for two years does not a difficult giftee make. I treasure many of the gifts I’ve been given over the years (even that one, believe it or not!). Among my favorites: a black pearl ring of my grandmother’s that she gave to me out of nowhere, an FBI cap from a friend who worked for the Bureau, a red scarf from Afghanistan, and garnets from Prague, which my husband gave to me. It’s just that if I don’t like it, and it isn’t a sentimental thing (i.e., from The Gap), why not change it for something I’ll use? I hate to waste.