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Archive for December 24th, 2010

Friend Friday: Holidays

24 Dec
Joyeux Noël!

FBFF Q&A: This week’s theme revolves around the holidays. Fun stuff!

FBFF: Your favorite holiday memory:
FJ:
When I was about 5, we were still living in Beirut, Lebanon. I remember that our apartment was really done up, every room had been decorated. My grandmother mémé got me a doll that was almost as big as me. She could stand and spoke when you pulled the string. I eventually cut off her hair and painted her eyelids green, but that was all part of the fun. My parents had German opera going on the reel-to-reel and I thought it was Santa singing. That pretty much sums up the magic of Christmas for me.
 
FBFF: Were you ever a victim of those family Christmas party photo shoots? What do you think about them now? Care to share an old photo?
JF:
No, my dad being a designer and photographer took all our photos, which were usually candid. They were great, though one year a Polaroid captured everything I associate with the late seventies; Kitch, extra ruffles, the tree and three doe-eyed kids, (my sisters and I.)

These photos are part of the series my dad used as a promotional Christmas card for his studio. I didn’t the one he actually sent in my photo album. I can still recall him writing on my face and my staying very still while he did it. I was a really happy kid, even though I looked like a boy for the first five years because they kept my hair really, really short.

FBFF: Best Christmas gift you ever gave:
FJ:
I saved up and bought my dad a functional hand-made Italian train set in my early twenties. I had to special order it. It was so expensive, I can’t believe I did it! For years I never got him anything interesting so this was The Big One. I got him this gift because I used to have a really, really cool train set when I was a kid and I was fascinated by it. He and I would play with it for hours. I have very happy memories of that moment. I played with trains and cars, played dress-up with dolls and drew. Minus the trains, that sounds like me still.

FBFF: Craziest/funniest holiday family tradition:
FJ:
It’s not so much a tradition as much as it is something that just happens. When my sisters and I get together at my dad’s house, it gets nuts. We’re all so excited to see each other that we talk and make so much noise that it’s practically a party of three! We interrupt each other, we talk over each other, we laugh a ton. It’s a total scene.

Gluten free Linzer cookie!
FBFF: Favorite type of Christmas cookie:
 FJ: That’s a tough one. I’m a bit of a cookie monster but having to be gluten-free has changed my outlook a little. Overall, I would say that the linzer cookie is my absolute favorite. It’s got the right kind of texture, I love the hint of fruit preserve in the middle, totally love the two layers and powdered sugar! I’m going to try to make them this year. My mom used to make them for me as a kid all the time.

As always, I’d like to thank Katy of ModlyChic for putting together these questions. If you’d like to learn more about Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday, click here.

Photos of Fabienne courtesy of Mark-Henri David
Photo of cookie courtesy of Stephanie Stiavetti, Wasabimon.com