Please welcome Kate!
1. What is your favorite thing about the colder weather?
I look really cute in a bobble hat.
Seriously, I love winter clothes. Knitted hats and multicoloured scarves and cute little leather gloves, and autumnal colours suit me a lot better than summery ones. I’m very pale and currently a redhead (I spent the summer being brunette and was blonde before that) so all those warm browns and reds and greens suit me much better than the bright shades you get in summer.
Plus, it’s really nice not to have to slather on factor 50.
2. What kind of books do you like to curl up with on a cold day?
I like anything that makes me laugh. To that end, I do read a lot of chick lit and its cousins in other genres—paranormal mostly, but there are some hilarious historical authors out there too. Plus I read a lot of non-romance. I’m a huge Terry Pratchett fan, and I like other offbeat, hard-to-categorise authors like Jasper Fforde.
3. What is your favorite holiday food?
Honestly? All of it! I have a huge sweet tooth as well as savoury. January is the month to diet. I don’t eat meat, so no Christmas turkey, but all the trimmings are a meal in themselves. Plus we have a chocolate/coffee/cream dessert instead of Christmas pudding that’s to die for (a few years ago we all confessed that we don’t really love Christmas pudding that much, and since Christmas Day is my brother’s birthday, we asked him what he’d prefer. He didn’t even have to think about it!).
And of course there’s nothing like mulled wine or cider to cheer you up. One of my mum’s friends is Finnish and she makes mulled wine with her own infused vodka. It’s delicious—but it gets you drunk really quickly!
4. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
You know what, I have loads. Christmas Eve I go out for lunch and to the cinema with my best friend. We swap gifts, and it’s like the start of Christmas for me. Then on Christmas Day we go down to the pub before lunch. It’s really nice to see everyone, lots of friends from the village call in and since it’s the aforementioned brother’s birthday, everyone buys us drinks!
5. Be honest, how much do you decorate for the holidays?
Not hugely. But I love wrapping presents. I know a lot of people don’t, but I’ve always enjoyed it. I put on some music or maybe a film, settle down at the big coffee table with my bag of paper and ribbons, and get creative. They’re part of the decorations in our house. I used to put them on display in the sitting room, under the tree or on a table, but for the last three years we’ve had baby animals in the house (a pair of kittens, then the next year a puppy, then since one of the first pair of cats was killed by a car, another pair of kittens again last year) who, shall we say, like to help me with decorating. Since the puppy turned out to be a Demon Puppy who chews everything, we keep decorations mostly out of her way—in the hallway, or high up. I put fairy lights everywhere, and a small tree in a downstairs window, where you can see it right down the street. This year I might put some of the solar lights from the back garden out front, but that’s probably it for outside decorations. I am British, you know.
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