There is always something special in the air this time of year, and our shared similarities become more evident with each passing season.
It’s our differences, however, that can be fascinating—especially where family traditions are concerned.
Traditions abound during the holidays, with each of us having our perennial favorites. Personal rituals and family traditions alike.
We are enthralled by how each family celebrates this magical time of year. We thought, and we hope you agree, that this would be an incredible opportunity to look into the yearly traditions of a few artists performing during The Victory Productions’ Holiday Hoopla of shows coming to The Savannah Center over the next two weeks.
We submitted the same five questions to a collection of the upcoming acts to see what they are most looking forward to and some of their memories of the past.
Their answers entertained us, and we hope you will be entertained too.
What is your favorite Holiday Tradition? My wife, Connie Sellecca, is all about keeping an old school Christmas so there is always Sinatra and Glen Miller orchestra playing in our home and the Advent calendar is always stocked for the grandkids.
What is one of your most cherished holiday memories? Putting together a three piece brass band and going house to house playing Christmas carols. I was 13 and played trumpet. People paid us to go away. It was that bad.
What food item can you not live without during the holidays? Cranberry bread. Hot cider.
Do you prefer a White (cold) Christmas or a Sunshine (warm) Christmas? I grew up in the cold on Long Island but I’m hooked on warm Christmas these days.
What is your favorite holiday movie? “All about Christmas Eve,” starring Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard
What is your favorite holiday song? “It Wouldn’t be Christmas Without You”
What is your favorite Holiday Tradition? Pajamas and old movies on Christmas Day. There’s something really special about just staying comfy and warm all day, and watching all of the great old Christmas movies with someone I love.
What is one of your most cherished holiday memories? When I was seven years old, I wanted a toy car called a Crusader 101 for Christmas. And, that morning, there it was. It was a huge, red, battery-powered remote control convertible. I loved that thing. In fact, as an adult, I located a couple of them and restored them to original condition. It brought back a lot of great memories.
What food item can you not live without during the holidays? I’m Irish-Italian, so, I have two foods I can’t live without – or that I’d miss if they weren’t a part of the holiday. On Christmas Eve, my Italian side celebrates with a fish extravaganza that goes on for hours. And on Christmas Day, I’m looking for Egg Nog and cookies. It’s not necessarily Irish, but it was always on hand at my Irish aunts’ and uncles’ houses at Christmas.
Do you prefer a White (cold) Christmas or a Sunshine (warm) Christmas? I’ve had both; I was in LA once at the holidays, and all of us transplanted East Coasters were pining for the snow. The nights are so peaceful when there’s snow on the ground. There is something magical about crunching through the drifts as you go from house to house. And the lights just look so beautiful. Nothing smells as good as a home-cooked meal when you have a cold nose. So, I prefer white.
What is your favorite holiday movie? I’m always torn on this one. I don’t have a favorite. I love Jim Carrey’s take on “The Grinch,” I’m a big fan of Tim Burton, so “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a must-see, every year, as well. But I also find myself watching “Miracle On 34th Street”, and “It’s A Wonderful Life” too. In black and white, of course – as they were meant to be seen.
What is your favorite holiday song? Another tough call (you’re killing me!). Of course, the recording of “Please Come Home For Christmas”, by the Eagles, is right up there. We recorded a cover of that with EagleMania, and it’s a part of our live show between Thanksgiving and New Years. That being said, I once recorded “O, Holy Night” at home, and I couldn’t get through it without getting very emotional. It took a half-dozen takes. Such a beautiful song. And I will stop anything I’m doing when Nat King Cole sings “The Christmas Song”. I’m not a big fan of novelty Christmas songs, but when an artist covers – or creates – a song that respects the meaning of the holiday.. family, love, redemption and the belief in a better world ahead – I’m all ears. Got any Egg Nog?