1) Sam has affection for this song because, when she was very young, she tap-danced to it for a Christmas recital. Her parents told her she was wonderful. Do you have any memories from a school/church program or pageant — either as a child onstage or an adult in the audience? Unfortunately, yes—when I was in sixth grade I was in the chorus and I threw up onstage at our Christmas concert. It remains one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Thanks so much for bringing that up!
2) Ok, she admits it: After too many cups of holiday cheer, Sam did a few steps of her “Jingle Bell Rock” routine at last year’s company Christmas party. Have you ever done anything at a coworker gettogether that you now regret? No—I’m always pretty conscious of the fact that it’s still a professional situation.
3) Since that unfortunate Christmas 2012 incident, Sam can’t even look at a cup of egg nog. How about you? Do you like egg nog? I wish I liked it, but I can’t stand it. Something about the texture . . .
4) For special events, Sam slips on her favorite piece of jewelry: a charm bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. Do you have a special treasure from a previous generation? No—we are not an heirloom-y family.
5) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far in 2013 is from her insurance agent. How about you? Have any holiday cards arrived yet? Nope—less and less are received each year.
6) Because of the chill in the air, Sam gave her dog his Christmas gift — a sweater — early this year. He’s already gotten compliments on it. Are there any pets on your gift list? Of course! My cats and my parents’ beagle always get a little something from me—but none of them will be dressed in holiday outfits at any time.
7) Do you need snow to get “into the spirit?” I do like snow at Christmas—other than that, I’d rather skip it, but that’s not an option in my part of the country.
8) Are you going to get/have you gotten a flu shot this year? Nope—I never get one, and I haven’t gotten the flu in years.
9) December is an important fundraising month for charities. Here’s your chance to plug a worthy cause that means a lot to you. I donate to several organizations promoting literacy throughout the year. Reader To Reader is one of my favorites—among many other literacy projects, they provide new and used books to schools and libraries in need throughout the US. They are always accepting donations of money, or of new and/or gently used books.