Monday 27 July 2015

Festive Q&A with Linda Huber!

What sits on top of your Christmas tree?

One of our Santas. One is crocheted and was made by a friend of my mother; the other came with a selection of Christmas sweeties!

Favourite Christmas song?

White Christmas does it for me. Nostalgia pure…

Favourite Christmas movie?

Not sure I have one. Maybe something old like Miracle on 34th Street. Or The Sound of Music, which is on virtually every Christmas Day.

Favourite festive foodie treat?

Chocolate Christmas tree decorations!

The best part of Christmas is…

The Christmas sherry!

The worst part of Christmas is…

The clearing up…

Your best, and worst, Christmas present?

The best was something one of my boys made at school – an angel Christmas tree decoration made of little balls of rolled-up toilet paper, sprayed silver. The Toilet Paper Angel always has a prominent place on our tree.

Worst – a recipe book full of complicated recipes. I’m not a cook…

When do you do your Christmas shopping?

I don’t. We agreed on no family presents a few years ago now; we make a donation to charity instead. I have some friends I exchange small gifts with, and I buy these over the year, just whenever I see something suitable.

Any Christmas traditions?

I did mention the Christmas sherry… and like most other people here in Switzerland, we put up the tree on the 24th, which is also the day the Christ-Child comes with all the presents... He sneaks in when no one’s looking, leaves the presents under the tree, and then you spend the evening of the 24th opening them. This is an excellent tradition because it means the children aren’t up at the crack of dawn on the 25th!

On the 25th we usually have Raclette for dinner – melted cheese from a grill on the table, served with boiled potatoes and pickles – a Swiss speciality!

Favourite Christmas book?

As kids we always had a joke book among our presents from Santa, something like Fred Basset or Garfield. Always fun to read at Christmas.

Favourite Christmassy book cover?

Winter Tales, by The Write Romantics and Guests. (I’m a guest.) And it’s a charity anthology, proceeds to The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, so it’s well worth the money!

Book sat at the top of your Christmas in July wishlist?

Dark Corners. The last Ruth Rendell. How sad.

When did you find out Santa wasn’t real?

I was kindly informed by a little friend in primary two. ‘It’s just your Mum and Dad,’ he said. I’ve never forgotten that!

How would you spend your ideal Christmas?

I’ve never done it but I’d love to spend Christmas by the ocean. A walk on the beach, watching the waves crashing up the sands, the wind in my hair. Maybe someday. But as long as I have my family nearby I don’t really mind where I am. And as long as I don’t have to do all the cooking, I don’t mind what we do, either!


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