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I Heart XMAS with Heather Steele

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Heather Steele
Global Winnipeg Anchor

Heather Steele



What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
Honestly, my husband and I still find ourselves watching Christmas Vacation year after year. It’s one of those movies you know all the words to, and yet I find myself watching it when it starts airing each season. It’s cheesy and ridiculous, but something about it makes me want to run out and buy eggnog and start decorating the house.

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
Hmmm…is eating until you can’t breathe quirky? No? Good. My Ukrainian mom insists on cooking as though 200 people are attending Christmas each year, and somehow we get through all the food. Eventually.

 Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
I get very excited to give when I’ve found the perfect give for someone. I actually struggle to keep it a secret, just want to blurt it out.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
The first few years when Ugly Christmas sweaters became a “thing”, we went to a bunch of ugly Christmas sweater parties and kept trying to out-do the last one. I think we’ve peaked, so we’re done.

What are some events that make you feel jolly?
I recently raced with a Global team in the JDRF Ride for Diabetes research.

Heather Steele

Global just completed their Knickers and Kickers event where we raised socks and underwear for our Siloam Mission here in Winnipeg . We collected from viewers at St. Vital Mall – it was awesome.

A group of us are also making a wreath to raffle off for Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. So the top of my desk has been overtaken by ribbon and scissors. So we’re always keeping busy!