Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.
The super talented and equally lovely Meredith Schorr is kicking off the series. I was glued to her most recent novels -- A State of Jane and Blogger Girl -- and have her debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits, loaded up to my Kindle app ready for reading as soon as I get a chance. Like her books, Meredith is charming, likeable and fun. She's also creative, driven and amazing at balancing the many aspects of her life. I've enjoyed exchanging emails, Tweets and Facebook messages with her during the past year, and she constantly inspires me to become a better storyteller.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I was raised Jewish and so my family never celebrated Christmas. There were a few years when we went to my sister’s family’s house for the day, and I spent last year with the family of the man I was dating, but it never really felt like “my” holiday. I’ve never gone to sleep on Christmas Eve excited for all of the presents waiting for me under the tree and, aside from exchanging “Secret Santa” gifts with my college roommates, it is rare that I give or receive Christmas presents. However, I do have a favorite Christmas tradition. My birthday is December 23rd and since I usually do not have anywhere to go on December 25th, for as long as I can remember, I have celebrated my birthday with my mother by going to the movies and out to dinner—usually Japanese or Chinese. We both look forward to this day every year. I have two older sisters and so my mom always jokes that I’m her favorite daughter “in a three-way tie” but on Christmas Day, I have my mom all to myself.
What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
This is a tie. Potato pancakes (“latkes”) are delicious and typically made during Chanukah, but I also love sweet potato pie with marshmallows. The latter is traditionally made on Thanksgiving but when I think about my favorite holiday dishes, it definitely tops the list!
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
That’s a tough one because I’ve been alive for a pretty long time and what I considered the best gift at 10 years old is not what I would have wanted at 16 or 25 etc. However, the best gift of the recent past that comes to my mind is my Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle to the point where I have cried when I’ve misplaced it/lost it. I never thought I would choose the ebook over a physical book but since I’ve been reading on a Kindle, I’ve probably quadrupled the number of books I read in a month. I also live in a 500 square foot apartment and so it is nice that my addiction to books no longer results in cluttering up all of my bookshelves.
What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
My favorite holiday movie is It’s a Wonderful Life followed by Meet Me in St. Louis. Yes, I like the classics! That’s not to say I don’t adore more modern flicks such as Love, Actually and When Harry Met Sally, but I watch those all year around whereas the classics are only broadcast during the holiday season. I do not tend to read books more than once and so I do not have a favorite holiday read.
What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
To not be so hard on myself. (I make this one every year.)
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