In this Urban Fantasy Land exclusive, we’re bringing you the holiday traditions of some of your favourite urban fantasy authors! Today’s guest: Stacia Kane, author of Personal Demons.
What winter holiday do you celebrate?
We celebrate Yule and Christmas. For Yule we light wish candles and have slow-roasted pork. For Christmas…on Christmas Eve we have a whole cold-cut-and-cheese buffet, with hot meatballs and bread, and Christmas day we usually try something different; one year we had venison stew, another roast guinea fowl. But the last few years I’ve made beef bourgoignonne, which I can never spell properly but I have a fantastic recipe for it.
What are your favourite winter holiday traditions?
Oh, wow. I love everything about the holidays, I really do. I love decorating the tree. We watch A Christmas Carol while we do it. I love buying presents for people, I love wrapping them. I love the Christmas Eve cold cut dinner; my Mom started doing it when my brother and I were little and it’s just relaxing and fun. We also open presents Christmas Eve (and have a few Yule presents as well), which I have always loved doing. Something about it being night, and the lights on the tree are so pretty and sparkly, and everyone gets to sleep in a bit the next day (Santa brings a few gifts and fills stockings, but the kids are allowed to open their stockings before the parents wake up. So since they have all their family gifts [from Mommy, from Daddy, etc.] from the night before, and their stockings, they’re pretty busy and amused until we get up.)
What are you looking forward to most?
Hmm. Opening presents. I love seeing people’s reactions to what I got for them. Especially our daughters; they’re seven and four this year, the perfect ages to be incredibly into it all.
What’s your favourite gift to give?
Anything they really want. Especially if it’s something they didn’t know they want. And I love buying clothes for all of them, especially my husband.
What’s your favourite gift to receive?
Gift cards for bookstores, no question.
What’s your favourite holiday food/candy/treat?
Hmm. In the States, a big part of our Christmas Eve spread was corned beef and Havarti cheese. Neither of those are available here (corned beef is a very different thing here and I’m not a fan of it) and I really miss them; I love them both. But I also like making cookies, and there are a few I do that are really good; a cherry-and-almond cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss on top of each one, and “buried cherry” cookies. They’re chocolate cookies with a cherry on top, covered in a cherry-flavored chocolate genache.Yum. Oh, and rumballs. I use 151 and bourbon in mine. Heh heh.
Holiday message for readers of UFL:
Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it’s wonderful, and I hope it brings you joy and optimism for the new year. We hear so much bad news these days, I think it’s important to remember that life goes on and things can aways get better. There is always hope.
Oh, and be careful on those roads! 🙂