The holidays are something different to everyone — recipe for disaster to some, favorite time of the year for others. To us, it’s the time to reflect on our biggest personal holiday debacle, favorite holiday movie moment, and favorite part of the season.


The holidays are something different to everyone — recipe for disaster to some, favorite time of the year for others. To us, it’s the time to reflect on our biggest personal holiday debacle, favorite holiday movie moment, and favorite part of the season.

Jeff Brown, news editor
1 Debacle: Back around 1966, my mom tried cooking our turkey in clay. We still laugh about that one.
2 Movie moment: When Scrooge sees his tombstone in the 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol;” it shows you don't need fancy special effects or even color film to make a memorable moment.
3 Part of the season: I always enjoy New Year’s Eve with my wife. We usually stay up until midnight and have banana splits.

Brian Citino, staff writer
1 Debacle: Every year from ages 5 to about 12 I somehow managed to make my mother cry while decorating the Christmas tree. Other than that, the holidays were flawless.
2 Movie moment: The moment that “Home Alone” begins and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” ends. That is four hours of the best holiday entertainment you can get.
3 Part of the season: Christmas Eve. Now that I’m older, it’s one of the few times of the year that my parents, brother, sister and I are all together. Always a great time.

Doug Denison, staff writer
1 Debacle: Cutting down my first Christmas tree in the pouring rain, completely covered in mud and pine needles.
2 Movie moment: When George Bailey runs through the snowy streets of Bedford Falls near the end of "It’s A Wonderful Life”
3 Part of season: Watching that classic film right before bed on Christmas Eve.

Jayne Gest, staff writer
1 Debacle: Being stuck in a hostel in Germany during Christmas with nothing to do because obviously nothing is open.
2 Movie moment: “So if you believe in Christmas, children, like your uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record ...” — Bill Nighy in “Love Actually”
3 Part of the season: It’s a tie between Christmas Eve services singing “Silent Night” while holding candles, or Christmas morning, right before you open presents

Elaine Hughes, staff writer
1 Debacle: When cooking eggnog, I didn’t stir the mixture enough and ended up with milky, sugary scrambled eggs.
2 Movie moment: In the animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Whoville residents holding hands and singing despite their presents being stolen
3 Part of the season: Baking cookies. It’s one of the few occasions when I can make five or six different kinds in one week.

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
1 Debacle: I hit a deer on my way to a New Year’s Eve party. I think the deer had been drinking. I hadn’t.
2 Movie moment: Either Chevy Chase carving the turkey in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or the courtroom scene in the 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street.”
3 Part of the season: Wrapping gifts — It reminds me of spending hours wrapping with my mom while I was growing up.

Maureen Raitz, editor
1 Debacle: A few years ago, my mom, who is an excellent cook, burned the mashed potatoes. Although we tried to cover the awful taste with gravy, they still tasted like cigarette ashes.
2 Movie moment: “Elf,” when Will Farrell finds out that Santa is coming to the department store.
3 Part of the season: When it’s over.