Sunday 23 December 2018

πŸŽ„ Fabulously Festive with Patricia Furstenberg πŸŽ„

In the run up to Christmas, I have wonderful author interviews to help get you into the festive spirit

Here's the fabulous, Patricia Furstenberg

A very festive welcome to you, Patricia and thank you for spending time with us today

πŸŽ„What’s your earliest Christmas Memory? 

Lighting up the candles in the Christmas tree and singing carols with my parents, feeling so peaceful and secure. The tree looked soooo tall! 

πŸŽ„Do you have any special Christmas Traditions? 

We bake cookies (Santa loves handmade cookies!) and sing carols by the tree. We always open the presents on the Christmas morning! 

πŸŽ„What’s your favourite festive carol or song? 

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “O Brad Frumos” (the Romanian version of “O Tannenbaum”) 

πŸŽ„Do you have a favourite festive film? 

“Love, Actually” but as a family we still enjoy “Home Alone” 

πŸŽ„What’s your favourite festive read? 

Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” 

πŸŽ„Are you organised or do you leave everything until the last minute? 

We start early; tree is up at the beginning of December, menu sorted, but I do tend to end up out of breath on a last minute gift shopping! 

πŸŽ„Christmas tree – real or artificial? 

Christmas time is summer time in the southern hemisphere so we have a few J artificial trees. When we’re lucky enough to celebrate Christmas in Romania, buying a real tree at the market is such a joy! 

πŸŽ„Tinsel or Glitter? 


πŸŽ„Christmas cracker or party popper? 

Christmas cracker. 

πŸŽ„Mince Pie or Yule Log? 

Mince Pies, yum! 

πŸŽ„Christmas Dinner – Traditional Turkey, Nut Roast Veggie or something a bit different?

The South African tradition asks for a “braai” – that’s a barbeque. I add a few Romanian dishes: boeuf salad, eggplant salad, sweet bread baked with nuts and Turkish delight. The Romanian tradition would ask for lots of meats, especially mince with rice and herbs cooked in cabbage leafs and pickles. 

πŸŽ„Christmas Tipple – Bucks Fizz, Mulled Wine... or something stronger? 

A cold apple cider beer, please, if I’m to celebrate Christmas at 30 degrees C. Otherwise mulled wine 😊 

πŸŽ„A fun game of after dinner charades or more chocolates and the television? 

As a family we do enjoy a board game and singing carols by the Christmas tree. Always leaving milk and cookies for Santa!

About the Author

With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain, education and the psychology behind it. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. What fuels her is her fascination for writing and… coffee.

She is the author of the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles and many more, all available through Amazon. She has personal work and educational articles published on Huffington Post SA, and ITSI_SA. She blogs extensively at

She now works on a novel about the lives of military working dogs in Afghanistan as well as three more poetry books about Africa’s bravest creatures. Patricia lives with her husband, children and their dogs in sunny South Africa.

Twitter @PatFurstenberg #AsGoodAsGold

πŸŽ… Happy Christmas 😊


  1. Dear Jo, Jaffa and Timmy, thank you so much for inviting me to your fabulous blog for a Christmas chat.
    Wishing you and your blog followers a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Pat, thank you for being such a fabulously festive guest and for all your support of Jaffareadstoo over the year.

      A very Merry Christmas to you too x


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