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
🎄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!
🎄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!
🎄What’s your favourite festive carol or song?
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “O Brad Frumos” (the Romanian version of “O Tannenbaum”)
🎄Do you have a favourite festive film?
“Love, Actually” but as a family we still enjoy “Home Alone”
🎄What’s your favourite festive read?
Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas”
🎄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!
🎄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!
🎄Tinsel or Glitter?
🎄Christmas cracker or party popper?
🎄Mince Pie or Yule Log?
Mince Pies, yum!
🎄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.
🎄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 😊
🎄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, MyPuppyClub.net and ITSI_SA. She blogs extensively at http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/
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