Monday, December 23, 2013

Top 5 Holiday Secrets by Dorothy Dreyer

Today's holiday secrets are from Dorothy Dreyer, author of My Sister's Reaper. You can learn more about Dorothy and her books here.

Ah the holidays! What a wonderful time of the year. Although I’m not a fan of winter, I do love when it snows. And there are some other things surrounding the holidays that simply warm my heart. Here are a few things I love about this time of year.

Favorite Holiday Drink: I’m not a big drinker, really. I do have an occasional wine or Mojito or champagne, but my guilty pleasure is a virgin eggnog, if it’s made just right.


Favorite Holiday Movie: I love the movie The Holiday, with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law. It’s funny and heartwarming and full of special moments, and I love how Kate’s character goes from a doormat to someone who can stand up for herself.

My Holiday Wish for the World: World peace, of course, but also I really hope the economy gets better for everyone. More jobs, better healthcare, better opportunities for a good education. So basically, a euphoric system.

Favorite Holiday Tradition: On Christmas Eve, we go to evening mass. But before we drive off, I always tell the kids I forgot something in the house. So while they’re in the car, I pull out all the presents and stick them under the tree. After mass, when we get home, we act surprised that “Santa” has paid us a visit. Okay, this worked the first few years. My kids are teenagers now and totally know this trick, but they laugh along anyway. I can’t imagine we’d ever stop pretending, even when they’re grown. It’s too fun!

Favorite Holiday Treat: I live in Germany, and although I’m American, we don’t celebrate a traditional American Thanksgiving. It’s a normal school and work day for us. So we always push our big turkey dinner to Christmas Day. I’m in the kitchen slaving away for the big meal, but when we finally all sit down together for the feast, it’s totally worth it.



  1. I used to love to pretend that Santa brought the gifts, it's cool your teens still play along. =)

  2. My mom says my Grandma used to do that exact same thing! Run back into the house to put out the gifts. She said she fell for it for years. :)

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Dorothy!

  4. I love that movie too! Funny and sweet. :) Frohe Weihnachten!

  5. Merry Christmas everyone! This is the best post for right before the holidays. And I want some of that eggnog. :)

  6. I love The Holiday. Must watch it again. ;-)