As we count down the weeks and days until Christmas this year, I thought it would be interesting to share our ideas, beliefs, and experiences about the holiday season and Christmas. I know it may seem a wee bit early, but the Christmas lights are already being put up all around town.
Over the next few weeks, I will be hosting friends who have agreed to share their ideas with us in the form of an interview. My first guest is the fabulous Bonnie Trachtenberg.
Bonnie is the multi-award-winning, bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel, Neurotically Yours: A Novel, and The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking. She writes a monthly relationship and advice column for Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle Magazine. Bonnie was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. She lives in New York with her husband, four cats, and a dog.
1. Do you celebrate Christmas?
I don’t exactly celebrate Christmas as I am Jewish, but since I grew up with Christmas Envy (Chanukah just isn’t the same), over the years I’ve developed my own Christmas rituals that bring me joy during the holiday season. These include eggnog flavoured coffee, hot spiced cider, gingerbread cookies, and old Christmas movies watched while still in my pyjamas.
2. Have you ever spent Christmas alone?
Yes, but my favourite Christmas shows on TV kept me company.
3. Have you ever had a non-traditional Christmas dinner? What did you have?
I do every year; it’s called Chinese food!
4. What are your thoughts on gift giving?
I hate shopping in crowds and I never know what to get people, so around this time of year I tend to be grateful for being Jewish! LOL However, I do donate to charities and this keeps me in the holiday spirit.
5. What was the most fun activity you’ve done at Christmas?
Ice skating. I’d never done it before and I’ve never done it since, but I had a blast!
6. Do you have stockings either at Christmas, or on St. Nicholas Day?
I used to hang my knee socks on our oven, and my mom filled them with Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins). These days I save my calories for Godiva.
7. What was the best gift you ever received at Christmas?
My Grandpa Sol took me to the city at Christmas time and we spent a lovely day together. I’ll always treasure that memory.
8. What was the worst gift you ever received at Christmas?
I don’t recall; I must have blocked it from my memory. 😉
9. What do you do with gifts you hate?
Give them to people I think might appreciate them.
10. What would you change about Christmas?
11. What would you keep the same if you could?
The good cheer and the eggnog.
12. What is your favourite Christmas music or song?
Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
13. What do you like best about Christmas?
The wonderful old movies: Christmas in Connecticut, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol (only the Alastair Sim version!), March of the Wooden Soldiers, It’s a Wonderful Life, to name just a few. I DVR them during the year so I can watch them on Christmas, and I never seem to tire of them.
14. Any additional thoughts about Christmas.
It still beats the heck out of Chanukah! LOL
Bonnie is the author of several novels. Here are the cover images of some of them.
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Buy Neurotically Yours
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Buy The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking
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Learn much more about Bonnie at her website: http://www.BonnieTrachtenberg.com
Read her advice column at: http://www.loveahappyending.com/category/in-search-of-a-happy-ending/
Find her on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/BonnieTrachtenberg
Follow her on Twitter: @Writebrainedny