Here are my answers to this week’s Share Your World from Sparks
What’s your remedy for the Holiday Blues?
I am in the fortunate position of not suffering from the blues very often no matter what time of the year it may be. What we do over the Christmas season has changed over the years. When I was a child it was a very important day and there was an exciting build-up to it. My mother read “A Visit from St Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore to us on Christmas Eve and when we were old enough we went to Midnight Mass returning at one in the morning to open one present each before going off to bed. I read the same story to my kids but not every year, I don’t think. One year I read The Grinch who Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss to my grandchildren. Christmas in our family, these days, is a very relaxed affair.
Your favourite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season? If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favourite beverage” part.
We don’t do mulled wine or egg nog and that kind of stuff in our hot climate. My drink of choice is an excellent Sauvignon Blanc called Life from Stone from the Springfield Estate in Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa.
This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?
I have no idea what pumpkin spice is. I prefer butternut squash to pumpkin and I don’t spice it at all. It’s lovely with chutney and tomato and onion mix.
Americans, please don’t judge me – I have never eaten pumpkin pie!
Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?
- Who are they and do you believe in them?
We follow the Christian tradition of Chrismas.
- If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honouring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?
It doesn’t bother me if non-believers of the Christian Faith celebrate this holiday. If I lived in a country with different traditions to my homeland, I would go along with it too. I love diversity. We are all different yet we’re the same. Live and let live. Enjoy your own traditions and get to know about others too. That is what makes the world go round.
Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and so forth).
I find the South African version of The Twelve Days of Christmas very amusing. Non-South Africans may not understand this one!