Sunday, December 27, 2015


It's that time of year again where on the blog we take a moment to reflect on those extraordinary things, places, times and people we love most.

Last year, we made a list of our favorite things--twenty five favorites, to be exact.  This year, we will be a bit more detailed by answering to a specific list of favorites, beginning with those that relate to the holidays (my favorite time of year!)

Think of this post as yet another way to approach the so-called "New Year's Resolutions," which I personally detest because they usually focus on what we want to change about ourselves.  Not that I believe there is anything wrong with change, especially if it leads to true, positive character enhancement, but it is also important in today's often dark world to focus on the things for which we are grateful; those things that are, to our hearts, most beloved. we go.  Without further ado, it's time to be grateful and enlightened.  Here is the list of questions.  I have supplied you with my personal answers as an example.  You will take the same list and personalize it with your answers for your blog response.  I cannot wait to see all the wonderful items that make your list!

1.  Favorite holiday movie and/or performance:   That's easy.  My favorite movie is Christmas Carol, The Musical, featuring Kelsey Grammar, Jesse Martin, Jane Krakowski and Geraldine Chaplin.  It is followed closely by Miracle on 34th Street, the 1994 version.  My favorite holiday performance has always and will always be The Nutcracker Ballet.

2.  Favorite holiday song/music:  I have always been a fan of old English carols.  A few of the top are God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child is This and Carol of the Bells.  It's not Christmas until these tunes permeate my home.  :)

3.  Favorite holiday tradition:  The Caraway Christmas Eve dinner, a traditional, Old English feast of
prime rib and homemade horseradish, Gwyn's creamiest mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts and trifle for dessert! We start, however, in Paris, always, with French onion soup.

Caraway's Triple Chocolate
Peppermint Trifle

Gwyneth Hope at 4 yrs old
4. Favorite gift you've ever received for Christmas/Chanukah:  My daughter, Gwyneth Hope.  She was born Christmas Day, 2000.

Church Street, Surrey, England
5. Where would you spend your DREAM Christmas/holiday?  Surrey, the English countryside, beautiful scenery only a 40 min train ride from London!

6.  Favorite holiday symbol:  The nativity, followed  by the Christmas tree and real snow!

Moving outside of the holiday realm.....

7.  Favorite thing that you own (object, not person): besides my computer, it would have to be my special Romeo and Juliet wine glasses given to me especially by "Romeo's"  mother and created by his aunt.

8.  Favorite color:  Red.  The end.  Always has been, always will be.  It is the best color for everything.

9.  Favorite flower:  This one is tough because I have a three way tie:  red poppies,white roses, and gardenias.

10.  Favorite inspirational person, living or dead:  Jesus.

Normandy, France
11.  Favorite place in the world:  France.  Followed closely by Kauai.

12.  Favorite friend?  It is a tie between the two women I have known the longest (and they still love me!!).  Sherri Frost and Pauline Maranian.

13.  Favorite Celebrity crush?  As a child, it was Clark Gable.  (I loved Gone with the Wind)  Now, it has to be Adam Levine.  

14.  Favorite author/playwright or both:  Easy.  C.S. Lewis and William Shakespeare, respectively.

15.  Favorite non-holiday song:  This changes by the month.  Now, it is Hello, by Adele because of her epic voice.

16.  Favorite sport to watch and favorite sport to play:  Baseball, to watch (Come on!  I'm a true American!) and ice-skating to participate.  I used to be pretty darn good!

17.  Favorite pastime:  Writing.  Followed by traveling and going to the movies.

Vintage style in Oxford, England
Another favorite place!
18.  Favorite personal style:  Vintage/Classic/Ecclectic--if it is not timeless, it's not allowed in my closet.

The Bentley
19.  Favorite or dream car?  A classic 1940's Bentley, two-toned black and silver with customized red leather interior, complete with personal driver (I hate driving)

20.  Favorite Quote of all time:  This changes.  Right in this moment, it is:  "And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13)

Cheeses and wines of France
21.  Favorite Food:  French food.  I love it all. Especially escargot, all of their 400 national cheeses, wine and French onion soup.  The French appreciate REAL butter.  So do I!

22.  Favorite Season:  Winter followed closely by summer

23.  Favorite Era - If you had a time machine, you would travel to....  The 1940s or 20s.

24.  Favorite Occupation - When you grow up, you hope to be:  A famous writer

25.  Favorite non-holiday movie/play:  Schindler's List & Under the Tuscan Sun for movie, and right now, Finding Neverland and Romeo and Juliet for musical and regular plays.

Now, it's your turn!!  Have fun celebrating your favorite things, people, and places!!