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I Heart XMAS with Shanelle Kaul

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!

Shanelle Kaul
@shanelle_kaul
Global Regina Morning News Anchor

Shanelle Kaul

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

Chuck Jones’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Bailey’s and coffee in hand of course.

 

 

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
Growing up, my brother and I were always allowed to open just one present on Christmas Eve. We’d always pick the biggest ones.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?  

Who doesn’t love getting a great gift! But picking out the perfect present for someone you care about, and watching them unwrap it on Christmas morning is so wonderful.

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
I asked: Woodstock. Thanks friends!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
Count me in for any obnoxiously-decorated festive attire. Last year I made this four-person sweater for our Morning News team!

Shanelle Kaul

 

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
A flight somewhere tropical to escape a prairie winter, but I’ll settle for a new blow-dryer.

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I Heart XMAS with Rebecca Lau

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!

Rebecca Lau
@RebeccaLau
Global Halifax Reporter & Anchor

Rebecca Lau

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
I’m not sure if this is considered a classic Christmas movie (it is now!), but I’ve always loved Home Alone. It brings back memories of watching it with my family as a kid and who can resist that heart-tugging scene when Kevin hugs his mom at the end? Ah, I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
In my family, Santa Claus is the one who gives practical presents. One year, he gave me a heavy duty rechargeable flashlight when all the other little girls received Barbies. I thought it was pretty cool.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
Why not both? Especially if the gift is food. Then we can share. Yummmmmmmm.

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
I’d like to think I’m lovable like Charlie. But I’d bet my mom (and husband?) thinks I’m more of a bossy Lucy.
Lucy Charlie Brown

 

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
The uglier the better! Nothing gets you into the spirit quite like a bright purple acrylic sweater featuring Rudolph’s face with a red pom pom nose. (This is something I may, or may not, actually own)

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
I’d love an all-inclusive trip somewhere warm. A new rechargeable flashlight would be nice too. My old one broke, Santa.

 

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I Heart XMAS with Liam Nixon

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!

Liam Nixon
@GlobalLiamNixon
Global Lethbridge Anchor/Producer/Newsroom Manager

Liam Nixon

 

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

It definitely has to be ‘A Christmas Story’.  Haven’t we all experienced a ‘Ralphie moment’ where we’re all bundled up to head outside in the cold… only to realize we really have to pee?  Or maybe I’m alone in that…

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
My mom used to make Tourtière, a delicious French-Canadian meat pie.  We also used to open our presents one at a time with up to 15 people in the house. Needless to say the first time it took over ten hours to get them all opened, that tradition was quickly and emphatically voted down.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
I feel as though I SHOULD say ‘give’, but really, who doesn’t like ripping into a gift?!  However, seeing the look on someone else’s face when they open that perfect gift from you is pretty special. Can we call it a tie?

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
Definitely Linus, minus the need for a security blanket.

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I’m all about the ugly. The inclusion of blinking Christmas lights on the sweater earns bonus points.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
With 15-month old twins, an extra set of hands and three-day weekends would be pretty great. But, since neither of those is overly realistic, just the continued health and happiness of my family and friends.

 

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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
@heatheronglobal
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!

 

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I Heart XMAS with Gord Gillies

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!

Gord GilliesGord Gillies,
Global Calgary Anchor
@Gord_Gillies

What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

My all time favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”.

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
On Christmas Eve we always have Macaroni and cheese. I don’t know why.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?  

OMG of course it’s giving! Is there anything more exciting than watching a child open a gift?

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
Snoopy. It doesn’t take much for me to break out into a ‘happy dance’.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I prefer a lampshade.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
Hello? Go back to question #1.  I’m still dreaming of a Red Ryder BB rifle.

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On Thursday, December 3, 2015 Gord will be the MC for the Candy Cane Gala, a magical fundraiser for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 Gord and his son Liam will be volunteering at Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo!

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