I’d like to introduce Janice Horton, a writer who lives in Scotland. Janice writes contemporary fiction with humour and heart. Please have a look at her book cover images and links at the bottom of the page.
1. Do you celebrate Christmas?
We always celebrate at home in Scotland. This year will be special as our three sons will be home. Now they are grown men and two of them plan to work abroad next year, it’s possible we may not be together for future Christmases, and so I plan to make the most of this one!
2. Have you ever spent Christmas alone?
I’m lucky to come from a large family. I’m the eldest of five children, so being alone at Christmas has never been an option. But I’m sure if I had to be on my own I’d make the most of it by watching my favourite movies and enjoying a few festive treats.
3. Have you ever had a non-traditional Christmas dinner? What did you have?
Nope, it’s tradition all the way in our house. My boys would riot if we deviated even slightly from the way it’s always been done!
4. What are your thoughts on gift giving?
I love to give gifts but I’m not lavish about it. I like to give well thought out personal presents.
5. What was the most fun activity you’ve done at Christmas?
Sledging on the snowy hill at the back of the cottage.
6. Do you have stockings either at Christmas, or on St. Nicholas Day?
Absolutely. Everyone gets a stocking with fruit, nuts and Christmas themed chocolate treats in it.
7. What was the best gift you ever received at Christmas?
Our three boys being home for Christmas is the best gift ever.
8. What was the worst gift you ever received at Christmas?
I once received aftershave. To say I was surprised was an understatement. All came clear later however when my dear husband unwrapped perfume!
9. What was the best homemade gift you ever received?
A handmade pottery dish from my aunt and uncle in Canada.
10. Have you ever given a homemade gift? Tell about it.
I’ve given Christmas cakes. My mum says they are the best she has ever tasted.
11. What would you change about Christmas?
I think if there was ever a year that none of our boys could come home for Christmas, I might suggest to my husband that we go and spend Christmas somewhere tropical!
12. What would you keep the same if you could?
Listening to the old Christmas classics on Christmas Eve.
13. What is your favourite Christmas music or song?
I particularly love ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby.
14. What do you like best about Christmas?
Family first. Everything else is a bonus.
15. Any additional thoughts about Christmas?
When I was younger, Christmas was really all about the gifts – what I was getting and what I was giving. Now I really wouldn’t mind if everyone stopped the present giving ritual and concentrated on the day itself – sharing a meal and celebrating.
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