L to R: Crystal, Deb, Elyse, Lauren & Kim.
Patch Holiday Q+A – 2016 Edition
Welcome to the second annual Patch Holiday Q+A! Get to know our team members.
1. What’s your favourite holiday childhood memory?
C: Spotting Santa in the sky on his sleigh.
D: Waking up to see the Christmas tree, having bacon, croissant and eggs for Christmas breakfast and then sitting around all morning watching my family open gifts.
E: Performing Christmas songs with my cousins for the adults in the family.
K: Opening stockings in the morning. Still is my favourite part of Christmas.
L: Leaving out milk and cookies for Santa.
2. Which holiday tradition are you most looking forward to?
C: Family turkey dinner.
D: Christmas morning with the boys – seeing their eyes when they wake up and come down to see the tree 🙂 And stocking stuffers – love discovering that!!
E: Family baking day with my mom, aunt and cousins.
K: Opening up Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve.
L: There’s a few! Christmas Eve dinner at my in-laws. Ornament exchange with my best friends – we’ve been doing it for years now. Waking up at my parents’ and opening gifts with them and having mimosas.
3. Best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
C: Every handmade Christmas DIY ornament or gift made by my kids.
D: When Chris and I brought our puppy Griffin home.
E: A set of 120 Prismacolor coloured pencils.
K: A trip to go to Disney with my whole family. It is something I know we’ll talk about forever!
L: The procedure to correct my earlobes, after I’d stretched the piercings as a teenager. A gift facilitated by my parents in 2011 or 2012. Hooray for wearing regular earrings!
4. Best Christmas gift you’ve ever given?
C: Our beautiful dog, Maddie.
D: My brother, sister and I teamed up to create a ‘Night Under the Stars’ for my parents. We asked mom and dad to dress up on Boxing Day Eve and come downstairs as we cooked a candle lit dinner for them. She wore a dress and he wore a suit. During the meal we served them 3 separate envelopes – what did the love the most about each other, what would they change about their lives and what were their hopes of each other for the future. They loved every minute of it and it became the most special Christmas dinners of all because unknown to us, it was the last Christmas before my dad passed away. My mom still carries all the letters with her.
E: Handmade wooden village for my mom.
K: I gave my parents a surround sound system one year. I was excited about that because they REALLY needed it. They had a large living room with double ceilings. You couldn’t hear anything. It was for everyone 🙂
L: I surprised my parents with a trip to Chicago. I got one of those cards you can record music on, and when they opened it, Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago” started playing.
5. What are the top 3 items on your Christmas list this year?
C: Chapters reading socks, a gift card to the salon, and my new DIY gifts from the kids.
D: A closet organizer (redoing the whole thing!!), winter coat, downtime 🙂
E: An electric hand-mixer, sleeping bag, books.
K: Hairdryer (this is pretty urgent mine is dying and it takes forever to dry my hair), slippers, and an indoor greenhouse for my basil and rosemary plants. It’s too hard to keep them alive in the winter!
L: Earrings from Catbird, iPad case, and Stanley Kubrick DVD box set.
6. When do you put up the Christmas tree and/or decorations?
C: December 1st.
D: Last weekend in November usually (much to the dismay of my hubby!)
E: The first week of December.
K: Did it last Weekend (Dec 2-3).
L: Either too far in advance or too close to Christmas. There is no in between.
7. If you could be a character from any Christmas movie, story, song or television special, who would it be and why?
C: Will Ferrell as Buddy from the movie Elf because he has such a unique outlook on life and I love his Christmas spirit.
D: I’d be the little kid who sings ‘I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas’ – an endearing Christmas song WITH guaranteed royalties each year 😉
E: I would be Hermey and hang out with the misfit toys.
K: Kevin from Home Alone – that looked like way too much fun.
L: Maya Rudolph’s character in “A Very Murray Christmas.” She sang “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and killed it. It’s my favourite Christmas song. I’m a terrible singer.
8. The Grinch, Santa Clause and Chevy Chase (as Clark Griswold): who would you date, marry, unfriend?
C: I would date Clark Griswold because there would never be a dull moment, I would marry Santa because he is always Jolly and I would unfriend the Grinch because he is a grouch.
D: Hmmm… Unfriend Clarke (he might ruin my house or blind me with his Xmas lights lol), Date Santa – he’d be so sweet – and marry The Grinch. What can I say, I love sarcasm and believe true love can change and bring out the best in people.
E: Date: Clark, Marry: Santa, Unfriend: Grinch.
K: Date Santa, marry Clark, and unfriend Grinch.
L: Date the Grinch, marry Santa and unfriend Chevy. Only unfriending him because I’ve never seen any of the National Lampoon Vacation movies so I don’t know what he’s about!
9. Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas or The Nightmare Before Christmas?
C: Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic.
D: Elf 🙂
E: The Nightmare Before Christmas.
K: Elf! I love you I love you I love. so many funny parts in that movie.
10. What’s your guilty pleasure snack food around the holidays?
C: Turtles chocolates, After Eights and anything sweet.
D: Lauren will make fun of me I’m sure – but at Xmas I eat even more chocolate if that’s possible! Mint Hot Chocolate, Rum Balls, Bark – it never ends!!
E: Chocolate Popcorn.
K: Turtles! Mmmmm I love turtles.
L: Ferrero Rocher.
11. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer (without using Google)?
C: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, and leading the pack, Rudolph.
D: Ooooh we did the other day – can I write them now?! Prancer, Dancer, Cupid, Rudolph, Dasher, Doner, Blitzen.. 7 right?
E: Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Blitzen, Cupid, Donner, Prancer, Vixen?
K: Donnor, Blitzen, Cupid, Dancer, Rudolph, Dasher I really don’t know anymore. I should know this, I have kids…
L: Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer, Chancer, Comet, Cupid, Blitzen, Donner….? *Googles it after answering and feels embarrassed*
(Correct answer: “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder [variously spelled Donder and Donner], and Blixem [variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen], with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.”)
12. I predict the Pantone Colour for 2017 will be…
C: Somewhere in the pinks, maybe PANTONE 219 C.
E: Something dark like a charcoal grey, or a midnight blue.
K: Hunter Green – around PMS 3305. I’m not a fan of Hunter Green, but it seems to be trending.
L: Either a really deep, dark oxblood or blush.
13. What are you most looking forward to in 2017? Professionally and personally.
C: Productivity and a healthier lifestyle.
D: Professionally I’m excited about the constant changes on social media. I find the learning curve engaging and the impact on our client’s businesses a fun challenge. Personally I’d like to bottle the next 12 months of my children’s lives – these ages are so cute. AND! The arrival of my niece – I’m excited to finally meet her in person over March Break!
E: Personally I’m looking forward to the birth of my nephew, and a trip to visit my friend in England. Professionally: Celebrating my 5th Patchiversary.
K: Professionally, I’m really hoping for a rewarding year for everyone. Personally, we’re hoping to take the family to the Caribbean. That I’m pretty excited about.
L: Personally: my wedding. Professionally: continuing to learn new skills and discover new tools.
14. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?
C: Ringing in the New Year with very close friends and all of our kids.
D: Sticking with tradition 🙂 Board games, shucking oysters and champagne at midnight!
E: Games night with a group of friends.
K: Walking to our friends house down the road. And then the easy walk back. 🙂
L: Having my parents over for hors d’oeuvres and champagne, and to watch the ball drop.
15. One quote or thought that summarizes the attitude you will bring with you into the New Year.
C: “This is the beginning of anything you want.”
D: The grass is always greener where you water it – live with presence and nurture what you have.
E: Keep moving.
K: “Don’t worry about it.”
L: Mind over matter.