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A Fireside Chat with Zola

We sat down recently to chat with Zola and learned all “merry” of things holiday related:

Do you go “all out” with your holiday decorating?

I used to. Now I do what I call “holiday lite.” That means I still decorate the mantel, one tall, thin tree, one buffet in the living room, the countertop in the TV room and the bar, as well as the dining room table. And believe me, for me, that’s lite!

Your Favorite Christmas Moment:

I love the morning of Christmas Eve. That’s when I get to just chill with a warm beverage and sit in front of my tree and just take it all in. I look at the gift wrapping I’ve done, admire the decorations on the tree and just soak up a warm fire. It’s my “me” time at Christmas.

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What do you do for gift wrapping?

That’s one thing I still go all out on. Each year, my gifts have a theme color. This year is silver, black and white. I wrap all gifts so they match/coordinate and then I go nuts on the bows. My husband wraps my gifts and turns them over to me for the big bow job.

Your Favorite Christmas Food:

I still look forward to mashed potatoes. This is one of the few times a year I eat an adult-sized portion. So carb-laden! But now I don’t feel guilty when I make my recipe and load them with butter and cream. I hear sour cream is a great addition too. I might try that this year. And caramelized leeks! BIG YUM...


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