I love a few of them, but to name a couple... Miracle on 34th Street because it taught us that not all is what it seems. While You Were Sleeping - I don't know if it's a traditional Christmas movie, but it's set during that time frame. It was the first movie I saw when I returned home from an 18 month mission for my church. I didn't see any movies at all while I was serving. I love this movie because I was so hopeful that I would meet "the one" and settle down to have a family. I had to wait a long time, though! 1995 until 2008!
2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)
What a great question! Hmmm...hands down it would have to be Mitch Gaylord. Mitch was an Olympic gymnast on the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angelos. Yummy for me to this day. I've actually had the oppurtunity to meet him once. He was just as every bit as good looking in person as he was on television!
3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?
The best Christmas was the first one my husband and I had with our first child, Isaiah. We took custody of him 6 weeks before his 2nd birthday, so he was almost 3 by the time Christmas rolled around. I had waited a long time to meet my husband (43 years!) and we did the whole fertility thing because I couldn't get pregnant. We adopted 2 children through foster care and are currently fostering a third.
The worst Christmas I ever had was about 25 years ago when I was engaged to be married. We broke up on Christmas Eve and unfortunately for me, ALL my gifts from my parents revolved around the home me and my ex were going to have after we got married (which was scheduled for a year later). It sucked to say the least.
4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
I love the build up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas itself seems kind of anticlimatic. I love all the lights, the hustle and bustle that is shopping, movies, and the anticipation. Watching the joy on my kids face while we're looking at lights or decorating the tree. It gives me so much and i think I appreciate it so much more because of how long I had to wait to have my own family. Sure, others shared their families with me, but it's not the same as having your own.
5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?
I only have one character that celebrates Christmas in one of my books, so I'm going to have to go with her. Her name is Kathryn St. James and she's in the first book I ever wrote. It was a few years after those summer games of 1984 and her love interest is a guy named Mitch. Funnily enough, he looks just like the other one! ;) They have a really sweet time exchanging presents on Christmas Eve and it was everything I'd always wanted as a teenager even though I didn't have a boyfriend. I love living vicariously through my characters!
Where to find Colleen:
Twitter - @bobin221
Amazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.com/Colleen-Blackstone/e/B00LI52QLW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Bio:Colleen Blackstone was born in Boston Massachusetts where she still lives today with her family. Her first book is about a girl who has been adopted through foster care and was written 6 years before she met her husband and they adopted their son and daughter through the foster care program. It's amazing how things work out that way.Her primary focus is Young Adult contemporary stories and Fantasy.