Christmas Interview – Nicky Wells

As we get closer to the big day, my guest for the Christmas interview is the rock chick author, Nicky Wells.

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Nicky has a very Christmas oriented novella just out on the shelves for this Christmas, entitled Spirits of Christmas.

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I asked Nicky to share her thoughts about Christmas with us:

1. Do you celebrate Christmas?

Absolutely. I adore Christmas, it’s my favourite festival of the year. The lights, the coziness, the singing, the being together… love it. Oh and, did I mention chocolate? LOL!

2. Have you ever spent Christmas alone?

I have, as a matter of fact. I was in my late twenties, single, free and unattached in London, and for reasons too complicated to explain here, I didn’t make it home that year. So I bought a bumper CD of rock Christmas tunes, decorated my flat with pine twigs and fairy lights galore, splashed out on fancy food, and hunkered down for a few days with good books and romantic movies. It was very cold, too, so I got to go out and have lovely walks across a frosty park. I was alone, but I didn’t feel lonely. It was different, but it was a good experience.

3. Have you ever had a non-traditional Christmas dinner? What did you have?

*whispers* I hate turkey! *speaks in a normal voice* Well, normally, I have a Christmas dinner of roast chicken or roast beef. But one time, I simply couldn’t be bothered with all of that. The kids were too little to appreciate the effort and I was too tired to make it, so we had a pizza feast instead. (Me and my husband. The kids weren’t eating that kind of ‘junk’ food then).

4. What are your thoughts on gift giving?

Giving is better than receiving, for sure. I get really flustered and embarrassed when I get given gifts, but I love watching others open my presents. On the whole, I think that Christmas risks being one massive merry-go-round of exchanging presents, and I worry that the true spirit of the festival is being overlooked. But yes, I love presents.

5. What was the most fun activity you’ve done at Christmas?

Singing carols under the Christmas tree. That probably doesn’t sound rock’n’roll but I’m a traditionalist, LOL.

6. Do you have stockings either at Christmas, or on St. Nicholas Day?

BOTH! Although that’s a new way of doing things. Traditionally, I’d have had a stocking (well, a filled wellie-boot) on St Nicholas Day, and I’ve introduced that tradition for my children. However, to honour the British way of doing things, they also have stockings at Christmas. Best of both worlds, right?

9. What do you do with gifts you don’t like?

I feel guilty for even thinking that I don’t like them, then I put on my best smile, thank the giver and put the present to the best use possible. That may include passing it on, eventually, to somebody who appreciates it more than me.

10. What was the best homemade gift you ever received?

Christmas tree ornaments from the boys! I’d include a photo but the decorations are still firmly stacked in the loft and won’t be coming out until after my birthday. Sorry!

11. Have you ever given a homemade gift? Tell about it.

Ooh all the time. I used to make figurines and ornaments out of salt dough, paint them and varnish them and wrap them as best I could. My Mum still has all of those! I also did a fine line in candle-holders and coasters, although I fear those have bitten the dust by now.

It is also a Wells family tradition to give home-made chocolates and fudge, so every year, my OH and the kids get making sweet treats for the whole family.

12. What would you change about Christmas?

I would quite possibly cut through all that commercialism. Oh, now you got me thinking. Much as I LOVE Christmas, I’d pass a law that says no Christmas goodies, tunes or advertising in the shops before mid-November. And certainly not in July!!!

14. What is your favourite Christmas music or song?

I’ve got five. Of course! Here goes:

1. I Believe in Father Christmas ~ Greg Lake

Love the guitar and the jingles and the lyrics of this one!

http://youtu.be/RMK6eOueKNk

2. Merry Christmas Everybody ~ Slade

Well. Try and stop me from shouting ‘It’s Chrisssssstmaaaaas’ at the opportune moment!

http://youtu.be/6OAUs0rcsA4

 

3. Wish It Could be Christmas Every day ~ Wizzard

Enough said. Although, as my six-year-old pointed out, if it were Christmas every day, it would get a bit boring. Bless!

http://youtu.be/ZoxQ4Ul_DME

 

4. Gaudete ~ Steeleye Span

Love me some acapella. I sing along and pretend ‘I can.’ LOL!

http://youtu.be/EDc2FD-vy8M

 

5. Do They Know It’s Christmas ~ Band Aid

Because I love that all those stars came together to make a charity song, and that it still gets air play after all these years. Plus watching the video is like entering a time-warp, in a good way.

http://youtu.be/bmj7KlIut1w

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14 thoughts on “Christmas Interview – Nicky Wells

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  2. Good morning, Anneli! Wishing you and your readers a fabulous First Sunday of Advent. Thank you for including me in your festive fun feature, it’s been brilliant visiting you today. Have a rockin’ Yuletide! XX 🙂

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  3. I need a refresher course on christmas around the world. St. Nicholas day is what culture? Not English? Santa isn’t English, though, right? Just American? Now I realize I never learned about Christmas in Canada!! We learned Christmas in Mexico in class, but not in Canada.

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    • St. Nicholas Day is European. It is on Dec. 6. Some people do stockings then, some do the boots in front of the door. Santa Claus is really St. (Santa) Nicholas or Nikolaus as he’s called in German, so that’s where the Claus part comes from. But on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) in Germany the Christ child (who I always thought was an angel) comes floating down from the heavens and leaves presents under the tree. These are just my own impressions of Christmas. Other people have their own variations of Christmas celebrations. That’s why I thought this would be an interesting topic to explore.

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      • I had an impression that St. Nicholas day was the man in flowing white who put treats or coal in my ancestors’ wooden shoes in the Netherlands. I didn’t realize that about the Christ child in Germany. To me a German Christmas (like my paternal grandmother celebrated) meant Christmas eve presents and candles in the window and “Silent Night” playing in the background.

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  4. Hi Nicky, interesting that you don’t like turkey! Nor do I. In fact I don’t like poultry full stop. Agree with you about the commercialism. Christmas is losing it’s meaning. Love the songs you picked. My favourite is ‘O Holy Night’ sung by Il Divo.
    What date is your birthday? Have a wonderful Christmas .. Rosy x

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  5. Hi Luanne ~ do you know, I never even thought about all the various versions of Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St Nick and the Christ Child until I had kids of my own. It was just how it was. St Nick’s would come on 6 December, as Anneli said. On 24th December, it would be the Christ Child delivering presents. Santa Claus was someone who hung out in shopping malls and had a vague importance to Christmas. But they all coexisted quite happily until I tried to disentangle the whole story for my own kids. LOL! *They* prefer the idea of receiving presents straight from baby Jesus, so the Christ Child visits our house… albeit nowadays a day late, as we honour ‘British’ Christmas on 25 December. What a cultural mix! Thanks for stopping by to comment. X 🙂

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  6. Glad we’re not the only ones who don’t like turkey! As kids we used to get presents on St Nicholas Day but the longer we were in the UK, Mum decided to do it as the English do. But the tree never went up until Christmas Eve.

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