It’s official, Figs: the weather is getting frightful, the mistletoe has been hung, the lights are twinkling–the holidays are upon us! To celebrate, we’ve asked some of our favorite authors to share holiday memories with us. Tune in all through December to get in the holiday spirit!
Nancy Holder is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Wicked series, a collaboration with Debbie Viguié about teenage Holly Cathers who, reeling from her parents’ death, moves in with her aunt and cousins in Seattle. Once there, Holly realizes she has more to cope with than her grief–she’s being initiated into a world of ancient magic. Below, Nancy answers five questions about her favorite holiday memories and traditions.
What gift would you have killed to recieve as a teen?
I would have killed to have my own car. We lived in the Southern California burbs and it was very hard to get around without one. When boys would ask my cousin out, she’d find out what kind of car they drove before she said yes (or no!). At the time, I was torn between thinking that she was really cool and totally superficial. But now I know where I stand on the issue.
What was the worst New Year’s Eve you ever suffered through?
The worst, the very worst New Year’s Eve: After a breakup, I was invited to a “games night” and sat there with the girl who invited me and two also-single guys who–let’s put it this way–really knew their way around World of Warcraft but had no idea how to talk to either one of us. We played board games and then we watched a live streaming video of the ball dropping at Times Square on someone’s laptop. I stress-ate cheddar cheese Goldfish crackers for hours. But I also won at Apples to Apples.
What’s the most obvious re-gift you’ve ever received?
It was an on-purpose re-gift. After my Aunt Betsy died, my cousins and I cleaned out her condo together. One of the weirdest things she owned was this bizarre plastic wall decoration–we thought it might be a zodiac but we couldn’t be sure. It was about the size of a salad plate, and it was spray-painted gold. At Christmas, we always played the White Elephant gift game, where you can either pick a gift or steal one from someone else. We spent many Christmases wrapping it in all kinds of creative ways so no one would know that it was The Gift, and then accidentally stealing it from each other. My cousins have both moved away, so I’m the lucky permanent owner of the . . . object.
What makes you absolutely Scrooge-tastic over the holidays?
There’s not a lot that makes me Scrooge-tastic. I love Christmas. For me, the holidays kick off with Halloween and end in January, when I go to Maine to teach in an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) program. Maine in winter is indescribably beautiful. And so is San Diego. What can make me grumpy is trying to find a parking space in a mall, so I do a lot of my shopping online. But I still go to the malls because there’s a lot of excitement and commotion, and they’re decorated. I get a pumpkin spice latte and some See’s candy, and just people watch.
How do you like to spend time with your family over the holidays?
I go to a cabin with my daughter and our two Corgis in Big Bear, California, during the holiday break. The two little Corgis frolick in the snow and we watch tons of movies and TV shows, do crafts, cook, and hike. Nothing is better when it’s cold out than spaghetti and garlic toast! I still remember the first time we took our older Corgi, Panda, out in his first snow. He’s a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the kind of Corgi that has a tail (Pemmies don’t). As he zoomed through the snow, all we saw was his tail wildly wagging away. We thought he looked like a submarine and we both laughed so hard we fell down into a huge snow drift.