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I Heart XMAS! with Crystal Garrett

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!

Crystal Garrett, Morning News Host, Global Halifax
@crystaljoyful

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Crystal Garrett of Global Halifax

 

  1. What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?

I LOVE Christmas movies. I sometimes watch my favourite Christmas movies out of season just because of that warm fuzzy feeling I get.   Elf is probably my top pick. Six inch curls people, six inches!!!

My family tradition movie is the 1942 classic Holiday Inn. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s the original source of the song White Christmas. This holiday romp starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire is basically one big flashy song-and-dance number with a little romance thrown in.   Delightful!

  1. Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?

We go a little overboard with the Advent calendars. Last year, we had four on the go. However, I have three children, so who gets to open which calendar on what day involves making a complicated chart.

The luckiest child gets to open the giant Lindt calendar, the least lucky child opens the small chocolate calendar from the dollar store. The other kid gets to open the Playmobil calendar we’ve had for years, where each day reveals a little woodland animal that gradually fills up an adorable holiday winterscape.   Sure, the boxes are mangled, but everybody loves opening them and watching the scene take shape until Playmobil Santa comes out of his little box on Christmas Eve.

The big daddy of the Advent calendars is a wooden truck that holds 24 wooden drawers.   It was a gift to our children from a dear great auntie who passed away a few years ago. Each of the red and green daily drawers is big enough to hold candy for all three children.   I’ll load it up with treats on November 30th, strategically filling each drawer so that the most exciting treats get opened in the week leading up to Christmas.

  1. Which do you prefer: to give or receive?

I actually prefer to give. I love the process of finding the ultimate gift for each person on my list. Then, I get really excited about seeing the person open it. The joy, especially the crazy, unedited joy kids can show, and knowing I had something to do with it, is a way better feeling than opening a present.

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?

Oh, ugly all the way! My brother-in-law hosts an ugly Christmas sweater party every year. Hilariously, my mother-in-law has a dresser filled with hideous sweaters from years gone by. She actually enjoys lending them out to us, and getting a good reaction.

  1. What do you want Santa to bring you this year?

Last year, I wanted snow. And it did snow. Giant, How the Grinch Stole Christmas-style flakes fell outside the window as we opened our gifts on Christmas morning. That happy moment kept me warm through one of the longest-feeling winters in history!   This year, the ultimate holiday miracle would be if someone could convert my non-working fireplace into a real wood-burning one.   The smell and crackle of a real holiday fire would be the best present ever!

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I Heart XMAS! with Kris Reyes

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!

Kris Reyes, Co-Host of The Morning Show
@Krisreyes
www.globalnews.ca/author/kris-reyes/

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Kris Reyes saw A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time last year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Festive:  What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
Kris Reyes: My favourite movie is A Charlie Brown Christmas (saw it for the FIRST time last year!)

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
Last year was a sleepover Christmas and my mom made us all wear matching PJs and no one could say NO.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
Both!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?The uglier the better

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
I recently visited the Drake Devonshire Inn (in Prince Edward County) for the first time and their house robe was amazing.  It had a hood and sweater sleeves.  Yes, please.

Kris is co-hosting Bloor Yorkville’s Holiday Magic on Saturday, November 15th  from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Global News is a sponsor.

 

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I Heart XMAS! with Susan Hay

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!

Susan Hay, Anchor/Producer, Global News
@MadGlobalTO
www.globalnews.ca/author/susan-hay/

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Susan Hay will co-host the Toy Drive Live broadcast on December 4 at 5:30 on Global

Retro Festive: What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
Susan Hay: My favourite Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Loved it as a child and still do today, but this time I enjoy it with our 10-year old.

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
My family loves Christmas. Coming from a French/Italian background, it’s all about the food and bringing family and friends together.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
For me, it’s all about giving.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
Sorry, no ugly Christmas anything in my closet!

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
What do I want Santa to bring me this year? George Clooney, but he’s taken!
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Global News teams up with Toronto Fire Fighters every year to support the Firefighters Toy Drive. Toy Drive Live, co-hosted by Susan Hay, will be broadcast live on Global News at 5:30pm from the Shops on Don Mills on Thursday, December 4th.

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