26 days until Christmas
Kristen Garner McKendry grew up in Provo, Utah. She began writing in her teens and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She received a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental issues. She enjoys playing the bagpipes, learning obscure languages, growing wheat in the backyard, and making cheese. She now resides with her husband and children in Ontario, Canada.
LDSWBR: What Christmas-related activity would you like to do this year that you have never done before?
KRISTEN: I want to participate in the sing-along Messiah in Toronto, which I’ve heard is an amazing experience. Also, something I want to do that is winter-related but not necessarily Christmas-related: I want to ride the Polar Bear Express, a train that goes to the far north of Canada, and see the northern lights.
LDSWBR: If you could find one book under the tree this year, what would it be?
KRISTEN: One I’ve been wanting is The Self Sufficient Life by John Seymour.
LDSWBR: What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
KRISTEN: Every Christmas seems special as I think back. It’s difficult to narrow it down. We had some great traditions – visiting my grandparents’ farm, Mom’s wonderful homemade hot chocolate, caroling to our neighbours (why don’t people carol anymore? That was great fun.) Playing secret Santa to a needy family in the neighbourhood. And every year my mother sewed all of us kids matching flannel pajamas. But I think one of my favourite memories is when my brother was on his mission in Germany and we lit real candles on the Christmas tree at home, to honour the German tradition, and sang Stille Nacht (while Mom hovered with a bucket of water in case the whole thing went up in flames).
LDSWBR: Riding the Polar Bear Express to see the Northern Lights would be an amazing experience. Thank you, Kristen!
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Have you ever seen the Northern (or Southern) Lights? When and from where?
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