Unwrapping Christmas with Jean Waldrop

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Christmas traditions are an important part of Duffey Realty REALTOR® Jean Waldrop’s holiday celebrations. Her favorite Christmas tradition? Making cookies and gingerbread houses, especially with her grandchildren. Add a mug of hot cocoa, and the day is complete. Even Santa has a plate of homemade cookies and milk waiting for him at Jean’s house on Christmas Eve. Jean recently spent a few minutes sharing some of her favorite holiday memories and traditions with Duffey Realty blog editor Carrie McWhorter. Let’s see what she had to say.

CM: What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?
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JW: Visiting with family and friends. One highlight will be visiting my grandchildren in Virginia. We always decorate a gingerbread house, and we get lots of laughs when we decorate our noses with red M&Ms so we all look like Rudolph.

CM: So between Rudolph and Frosty, Rudolph wins?
JW: Oh, yes.

CM: It’s wonderful to share Christmas with children. What is a favorite gift you received as a child?
JW: A Madame Alexander doll. She came with her own trunk full of doll clothes hand made by my Mama. I still have my doll and trunk, and my granddaughters now play with her.

CM: What a special treat for them! Let’s talk about some other traditions. When it comes to the tree, do you choose real or artificial?
JW: Artificial, but I sure miss the sweet aroma of a live tree.

CM: What kind of lights are on your tree?
JW: White lights that twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, topped with a star.

CM: Do you have a favorite ornament on the tree?
JW: Of all the ornaments collected over the years, my favorites have to be the ornaments made by my children when they were young.

CM: Besides buying them, how do you make your gifts special?
JW: I like to finish my shopping early. Once they are bought, I choose pretty gift wrap for the packages, and I make my own bows. I have a little of my mother’s creative talent.

CM: Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
JW: Christmas Day.

CM: What about a favorite Christmas song?
JW: “Silent Night.” No one sings it like Bing Crosby, and the words say it all – “Christ the Savior is born.”

Thanks to Jean for sharing some delightful photos of her family, too. Duffey Realty wishes you and your family all the blessings of the season and a very Happy New Year. We invite you to contact Jean or any of our Duffey Realty REALTOR® for all your real estate needs in 2016. For more information about Jean, see her profile here.