Dec 10, 2015

Agi & Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview with Mika Jolie & Giveaway

About Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie lives in New Jersey with her happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. She loves to write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up. You can find her on her website or on Twitter.


1) What’s your best Christmas memory? 

The smell of a Christmas tree. It’s amazing! Even now, years later the sweet smell of fresh pine always takes me back to my childhood. 

2) What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss are two favorites of mine. And I’m a big Berenstain Bears fan, so reading The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving to our boys is always a treat.

3) If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a one-time special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

Hands down my father. He passed away in January. This is our first Christmas without him. He’ll be missed.

4) What are your thoughts about Santa?

(Smiles): It’s impossible not to love Santa. The man is magical, he’s jolly, he loves cookies and milk. But I do want to know how he’s able to visit so many children on a single night.

5) What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

Best gift for me every year is to be surrounded by family. Worst gift, this is a tough one. Probably, the framed picture of the dog my husband gave me a couple of years ago. Picture the print of the dogs’ playing cards but fifty times worst. To this day, I have no idea what to do with it.

6) Your favourite Christmas song?

Happy Christmas, War is Over by John Lennon. This song gets me every time.

7) Your favourite Christmas movie?

Oh man, I have a few. My top three would be: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the cartoon. Classic. A Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton is a genius. I can watch A Christmas Story over and over and laugh at the same line. This movie can never get old for me. FRA-GEE_LAY, it must be Italian. (Laughs). See, I’m laughing now.

8) Top 3 books that you’re giving as Christmas presents?

 Other than my books? (Laughs) Wrapped in Red is definitely on that list. I love everything about this book, the cover, the plot, the characters and it takes place between the twelve days of Christmas. Magic! How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie (Home for the Holidays, Book 1) by Gina Henning is on that list, such a sweet feel good novel and last but not least In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This book is rather dark, but it’s one of my faves so why not share the love.

9) Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?

Most favorite…the whole thing. I love the craziness—the tree chopping, a fire crackling in the fireplace, Christmas music playing in the background as the boys decorate the tree, the smell of roasting chestnuts. I love it all.

10) I must ask, sorry – the best Christmas food is…?

Everything. My husband’s mother side of the family is of Italian descent. I’m Haitian-American. My Grandmother was French. See the picture here. Yes, we love food. On Christmas Eve, we have the feast of the seven fishes, this is a Southern Italian and now Italian-American custom in which a grand meal of at least seven different kinds of seafood is served before Midnight Mass.

In my culture we celebrate “réveillon” which means “awakening”, a tradition the Creoles inherited from their European cousins as a way of breaking the daylong religious fast leading up to Christmas Eve. This is a long dinner held after returning from midnight mass. Yes, we’d have a big meal at two in the morning.

I remember doing this as a child and staying up all night with friends, family and just having a great time. When we got married, we didn’t want to lose either tradition, so we compromised. The feast of the seven fishes continues to be on Christmas Eve but now done on a smaller scale, meaning not too many people but just the same amount of food (laughs) and on Christmas Day we celebrate “réveillon” with everyone.


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  1. I like It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  2. I have always celebrated Christmas despite being a non Christian.
    Strangely my parents have named me Santa. So December is my year and I love anything related to Christmas and I am glad you shared her experiences.
    My memorable experience was one Christmas when I was gifted a bicycle since I was only expecting chocolates.

  3. 1 of my favorite Xmas memory: we Picked names randomly and only gave gifts to the person whose name each drew. We Set a dollar limit to keep it even and have fun!

  4. The smell of a real Christmas tree can't be beaten. It's just amazing.

  5. I think Santa is great! It is a very fun tradition for kids and motivates them to be nice around the holidays! It's a win win!

  6. my favourite christmas song is Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea :)

  7. Christmas food: Roasted chestnuts.

  8. I love the craziness of Christmas too. I am over the commercialization of the season. I have fun baking and decorating. Enjoyed the interview and book looks good, love the cover.

  9. I love All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey xx

  10. i would love to have Santa secret as well... how to make teh time slows that much would be so helpful to read a lot more books^^

  11. I love your answer for best Christmas food. I love all the nibble things

  12. I love your answer for best Christmas food. I love all the nibble things

  13. Enjoyed the interview and I loved reading about your worst gift.

  14. Being with the family is the best Christmas tradition.

  15. My favourite Christmas film is The Snowman

  16. Love Mika's descriptions of her families' food traditions.

    My favourite Christmas memory is of staying at my Gran's one snowy Christmas, and being woken early to see deer eating the sprouts growing in the garden. And then Gran flapped her apron at them to shoo them away.

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