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-January 2019-
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January's WWN broadcast talked to us about different holiday traditions. Whether you partake in Christmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and/or any other annual celebrations, we want to hear all about your favorite festive traditions in this month's discussion!

Here are some questions to consider:
- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
- What holidays do you celebrate?
- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.


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What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
I liked the very first segment with Neville, Hannah and Horace Slughorn. It was refreshing to hear all three of them talking in the years after the Second Wizarding War.
- What holidays do you celebrate?
I don't really celebrate any holidays formally, but I enjoy the sentiments of Christmas (hope and charity) and Thanksgiving (gratitude).

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
I think doing charitable work or making a charitable donation of some kind over Thanksgiving and Christmas is a way to demonstrate gratitude for being blessed to have an abundant life and to provide hope to those less fortunate. To me it is the best way to celebrate either holiday, and far more satisfying than exchange of gifts among people who already have more than we need.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
Well, besides crystallized pineapple, I might give him a fine bottle of wine and perhaps a fine crystal goblet from which to drink it...

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I might name it the Golden Snitch in homage to the famous wizarding sport. Another good name for the tavern might be The Longbottom or, more appropriately, Hannah's Haven, since she is the new proprietor.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I would make the Pepper-up Pick Me Up for patrons to revive themselves after a long day of shopping. It would contain just a thimble-full of pepper-up potion mixed with a creamy Irish coffee.

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My favourite section was probably the Horace/Neville/Hannah interaction. I loved how Neville kept asking questions, how Hannah was trying to keep him right and how Slughorn went off on bis own tangent completely oblivious to everyone else.

At this time of the year, Christmas and New Year are the only holidays we celebrate. We now have a Scottish extension to the family so I daresay Hogmany is something we will be adapti g to in the near future too.

For me, Chfistmas is about what I define as the True Meaning of Christmas, so its about rememberi g the birth of Jesus and celebrating this. I'm not a big fan of giving and receiving presents as I think it has really commercialised Christmas and the real reason we should celebrate has been lost

To be honest, I wouldn't attempt to impress him. Christmas presents should be a gesture of kindness from someone to another and I feel people should appreciate what they get rather thanbwish they had something else. If I really had to pick something to impress him, I would probably opt for a glass bottle with intricate design with a special potion such as Felix Felicis inside it.

Regarding the new tavern, I eould probably all it Nana's tavern, it being a play on both their names, a nod towards both their grandparents and a reminder that it is homely, snug and a place you should always feel welcome.

For my own drink, i think I would opt for something that was naturally made, so made from herbs and planfs, to acknowledge Nevilles lovebof Herbology, but which could help pick you up and make hou feel better when you're feeling down to acknowledge Hannah's love of healing. Maybe a natural.mild Healing drink to prevent coughs and colds.
 

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What holidays do you celebrate?
I celebrate Easter, some sort of Thanks Giving (though it is on a different day and called differently in my county but the reason why we celebrate it is the same), Christmas and New Year.

Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
Not sure if this is my best example. But this came to mind first. It happened a few days before christmas. To finish an illustration job I needed a special copic marker. The one I had was empty so I went to the small shop I always go to buy a new one. Unfortunately the color I was looking for was sold out. They had markers from different brands there as well. So I decided to buy one of those though the color wasn't the same. As I was buying the marker I talked a bit with the shop assistant and I told him that I needed a different color from a different brand. He told me to wait a second and got some of the 24 marker packs with different colors in them and asked if the color I needed was in there. I said yes so he opened the pack, gave me the marker and replaced it with a different color he had. I was surprised and thankful and he just said it was his christmas present for me. So sweet.

If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
Probably something hard to get. Or something that shows talent. I'm good at cooking and backing so I would make the most amazing sweets or cookies for him. Something he never tasted before but leaves him craving for more.

If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
Why would they change the name? It's a unique name. But if they really want to change it something equally unique would be nice. Maybe 'Remember Mimbletonia'. I know it's a weird name and doesn't scream pup - but Three Broomsticks reminds me of something else, too. But I do think that it's a unique name and people would talk about it. And it's a nod to Neville's past - to his Remembrall and Mimbulus mimbletonia. And I think it sounds nice.

Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I'd create something creamy and sweet, something that makes you feel good and warms you from the inside during cold days, something with spices and cinammon. And maybe to give it that nice 'extra' add a special herb with a unique taste - Neville would know what to use.
 

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- What holidays do you celebrate?
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the main ones. I'm not religious, so I don't go to church or anything, but we still get a tree and do the gift exchange. So a lot of people would say we're not really celebrating Christmas, but for me it's more about family than anything else. I also used to dress up on Halloween and participate in egg hunts around Easter, and I still wear green on Saint Patrick's Day.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
Erm...well...I hid under our tree this morning for about an hour. We're moving him out tomorrow, so I wanted to say goodbye, and then I became rather comfortable and didn't want to move. I was exceedingly grateful for his service for the past month, so I gave him a last water refill and said my goodbyes. When I got out, I was covered in needles. I'm afraid that's all I've got in terms of holiday spirit. At least I looked the part.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
A cauldron that could recite the ingredients of various potions and the steps to brewing them. No more lugging around heavy books, the cauldron knows it all for you! Also, it would regurgitate any ingredient that wasn't meant to go in the potion you're making.

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
The Triple Moptwig

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
It would be named Holiday Butterbeer, and would taste exactly the same as normal butterbeer, but be a tad more expensive. Just as the person was starting to think they'd just been scammed, their skin would turn rainbow and patterned. The effect would last for about an hour or so.
 

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What holidays do you celebrate?
We celebrate Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving mostly. Little things for Halloween, New Years and a couple others.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
Giving to others, that is the best way to show Christmas spirit. For the others giving always works to but also showing your belief and appreciation for the holiday. Making others feel better or even just making them smile does so much. Not just for that person but it can lift your spirits as well.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
Probably something like, a set of vials with intricate designs on them. I wouldn't spend a great amount on him though. No offense to him but I would not try to impress someone by buying them something.

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I don't know..probably something to do with herbology since Neville loved it so.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve. I would think it would be some type of tea, since it is plant based. Neville would know what plants to use to give it a nice taste. It would definitely be something that would pick you up and make you feel good. Knowing the Longbottoms they would want their holiday beverage to be something to enjoy and comfort you.
 

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why? 

I loved the first segment with Neville/Hannah/Professor Slughorn. It was amazing to hear all about the Jewish Holiday and how they celebrate it. As well as hearing Neville asking all of those questions and Hannah correcting Professor Slughorn.

- What holidays do you celebrate? 

I celebrate Christmas,Thanksgiving, Halloween, 4th of July, St. Patricks Day, and a lot more. Christmas is a time of giving and Thanksgiving is a time to give Thanks.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit. 

My best example of the Holiday Spirit is going and buying a gift for a random person. Someone in need of say a coat or a hot meal. My family would look for someone who is homeless and give them a hot meal and warm clothes to wear.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him? 

If I wanted to impress Professor Slughorn I'd give him a whole crate of his favorite food. The pineapple candy that he loves. The kind that Tom Riddle gave to him.

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be? 

If Neville and Hannah were renaming The Three Broomsticks they should name it something meaningful to the two of them. Something like "Longbottom Pub, or N & H Food and Drink." It's really up to them to pick the name if they want to change it.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve. 

My holiday-inspired drink. Can be made with ginger snaps, hot cocoa, a dash of cinnamon, and a thimble of Fire Whiskey. You take and shave the ginger snaps and the cinnamon together in one bowl. Then you take the Hot Cocoa and the Fire Whiskey and cook them together in the same kettle until they are mixed together and hot. Then you take a cup and pour some of the mixed Hot Cocoa and Fire Whiskey in it and add a tsp. full of the ginger snaps and cinnamon mix to it and then serve it to the customer. You can add a sprig of mint to it also.

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
I'll have to agree with everyone else on this thread- the section where Hannah, Neville and Professor Slughorn were interacting with each other and talking about the holidays. Anything related to the holidays cheers me up, but I especially liked how the characters stayed so much like themselves. (especially Mr. Slughorn)
- What holidays do you celebrate?
I celebrate Christmas. It is that time of the year when the whole family gathers together and we get to share everything that happened throughout the year and what we hope would happen in the upcoming years. A very cosy and lovely day. We also celebrate The Easters and Uzgavenes- Lithuania's equivalent for Halloween, just celebrated in the end of February. Kids dress up as various characters and go ask for candies or pancakes. There are also 2 forces, who are represented by 2 people, one dressed up with many layers of clothing (winter) and another one a slim man with a single layer of clothing (spring) theatrically fight each other. Of course the slim one wins and afterward we burn an enormous doll called more. When this ends everyone eats pancakes and it is said that the Spring has finally returned^^
- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
I too believe that volunteering or doing charity work is a great example of the holiday spirit, the organisations should try recruiting more volunteers around this time of the year, when everyone is a tad bit happier than usual. Maybe helping in whatever way possible those around you, both strangers and family/friends.
- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
I would definitely aim for something expensive and maybe with intricate art engraved on it? Something almost pompous, I'm sure Slughorn wouldn't fully appreciate handmade gifts.
- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
Fae Corner, I don't know I'm horrible at making names, but definitely something dreamy
- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
This is the question that I love the most! I would love for them so serve a drink with just a few drops of Draught of Peace- I know that I, as well as many other people, would appreciate such a drink, especially if you are feeling anxious or unwell. There could also be teas with various healing effects, maybe a tea for curing a runny nose? But ones that actually taste good. This would be lovely :3
 

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
My favorite was probably with Neville and Hannah and Slughorn talking. I am a bit biased however as Neville is my absolute favorite boy. He is the top tier Harry Potter character by far.
- What holidays do you celebrate?
To be honest, I am not that big on holidays. I normally don't celebrate them unless I am with someone else, typically my fiancee. I would just rather spend the day in bed.
- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
He does seem to like sweets, so I would buy him some expensive chocolates or candied fruits.
- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
Oooh! I like the Handy Witch's Den. But that certainly does not roll off the tongue as much as the Three Broomsticks does.
- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
You have to have something with peppermint. It is a literal holiday necessity. Perhaps with a hint of nutmeg, some cinnamon, and cocoa. And obviously, don't forget to put cream.
 

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why? ‘How Charles Dickens Shaped Christmas’ because the broadcast is out of the box. I also like all the different voices in the production! I also enjoy how the writer argues why turkey became a household tradition and the whole take on muggles influencing wizards.

- What holidays do you celebrate? I celebrate Christmas. But not in a religious way, more in a decoration, presents, food kind of way! It is one of my favourite holidays.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit. Holiday spirit is when you enjoy all the decorations and all the holiday music and don’t wish it all over with.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him? Pineapple themed items. For example, pineapple coasters, pineapple tie, pineapple mug etc. You get the drift.

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be? Perhaps ‘The Trio’ to thank Harry, Ron and Hermione for what they did. But they could also name it after Dumbledore in some way. Perhaps ‘The Wizard’s Hat’ or even something Gryffindor themed: ‘The Lion’s Den’.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve. If the Longbottoms chose a Gryffindor themed name, their drink would also be Gryffindor themed. It would be a red sweet Champaign, with a sugar rim. There would be gold flecks floating in the Champaign and the glass would be chilled, so steam rose from the drink. It would be called ‘Lion’s breath’ and would fit in with the cold weather during the holiday.

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
I have to agree, Neville talking with Professor Slughorn and Hannah was my favorite part of this piece. Neville is one of my favorite characters and you can't beat talking about the holidays!

- What holidays do you celebrate?
My family celebrates Christmas around this time of year. We are somewhat religious but our holiday is mostly about being around family and loved ones and spreading love and joy.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
Spreading the holiday spirit around our house includes lots of decorations. Our house has lots of wooden beams and a fireplace, so it gets very home and cheerful around the holidays (and year round!). However, spreading the Christmas spirit to me mostly means making others around my happy. I especially enjoy doing this without expecting something in return. Surprising people with small little favors around this time of year is really fun.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
If I were trying to impress him, I'd probably give him the pleasure of my company! 😂 He is a collector, so maybe he'd see how I'm going to be a famous and powerful witch one say and want to keep in my good graces. I would be a student after all, so I wouldn't have much to give him.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I think they should create the bottoms up! Most wizard drinks of the alcoholic kind are slow drinkers. Maybe having a fun shooter drink, that tastes better the faster you drink it, would be fun. It would probably have to be non-alcoholic though I wouldn't want them to lose the place over a silly driving a broom while intoxicated accident

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- What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
The one I like best was the one with Hannah, Neville, and Horace Slughorn. I loved hearing about what there were doing and how they celebrated holidays.

- What holidays do you celebrate?
The two that I think of this time of year are Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also celebrate other holidays like Easter in the Spring and the 4th of July in the summer as well as Halloween and Valentine’s day.

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
To me holiday spirit is about giving to others so I would say helping out at homeless shelter serving a holiday meal to the homeless or gathering toys for children who other wise wouldn’t get any gifts. Just sharing with others is part of the holiday spirt decorating, baking cookies to give to others or visiting someone who can’t get out and sharing the holiday spirt with them.

- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
I would give him an expensive bottle of wine and chocolates. I might also add some crystallized pineapple since I know he likes it.

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I think Hannah’s would be a good name for it since she is the one running it.

- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I think the best thing to serve on a cold winter day would be something to warm you up. Maybe some hot chocolate with a little something extra added like a little bit of wine. Some hot tea or coffee would also be good if you added a little something extra to them.
 

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I'm Jewish, so I celebrate the Jewish holidays ^_^
Except for when I'm on HEX, of course, then I celebrate the Christian holidays (or rather, the holidays as celebrated in Harry's magical world <3 )
My favorite Jewish holiday is the new year, in which my family has its own tradition of making cards for one another. I love making the funny cards, sending cards to family members as if they're from other people or celebrities or fictional characters... XD

The Jewish new year doesn't include much of what I guess is called 'holiday spirit' though. I suppose Hannukah would be more appropriate for that, because it is the holiday of lights and has 8 days of holiday, in which every night is equally important. So you get to feel the spirit on every night, whether it's at work or with family or in some restuarant with friends, the holiday spirit is felt everywhere ^^

If I was trying to impress Slughorn, I would give him something that would make him feel honored and valued. Like asking him to be the guest of honor at a party or requesting that he speaks at some important ceremony... So I could ask him to make an appearance in my company's event, to be an honorable guest and maybe even say a few words ~

If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, and I think they should (that name never made sense to me), then they should name it something catchy! Like maybe The Rose, or Abott's Arms, trying to capture some of the pub's history ^^

If I was to create my own holiday drink, I definitely think they should be serving Strawberry Delight, which is a hot strawberry-flavored beverage (imagine hot chocolate, only it tastes like straberry), with cream on top, some light touches of rose water and sprinkled coconut. It is truly delightful.
 

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- What holidays do you celebrate?

I celebrate lots of regular holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick's Day, but I also celebrate silly holidays like Pi Day (3/14), Mean Girls Day (10/30), and a few others that aren't as easily recognized. I also celebrate the birthdays or death days or anniversaries of my favorite celebrities or fandoms. I find them fun to look forward to and try to do something clever like have a Pi Day shirt or wear something as a tribute to that fandom.

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- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?

Obviously, he would be thrilled to have something from a famous person, so I'd try to get something to add to his collection. Maybe a book with personalized autograph inside or an item that he would recognize from someone famous. Since he also enjoys hosting dinners I'd probably give him something that could be used at the dinner like a self serving ladle or an interesting drink to serve at the dinner party.

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- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?

Maybe something with play on the names like "Longbottom's Long Islands" or "Abbott's Ambrosias". I guess they could also go entirely the other direction and have something simple like "Magical Mixes".

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- Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.

I'd say something plant based or using the elixirs of rare flowers for flavoring. Since Neville is an expert in Herbology, I'd say something that might use holly and ginger could be interesting. Or they could have some kind of hot drink that tastes like milk and cookies, but is actually more of a coffee.
 

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I celebrate: Pretty much all the national ones in the U.S.A., Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, St Patty’s, ( whch is also my nephew’s birthday) and Halloween too of course. My birthday happens to fall on National Wagoneer’s day (in Oregon anyway) so I celebrate that. Mother’s and Father’s day, um I know there are more, lol.

As far as the holiday Spirit, I love when I see people caring for strangers during the holidays. Random acts of kindness and just general goodness. It restores some of my faith in human nature. I think the people who run food kitchens are the true heroes, not just at the holidays, but all year long. I remember about five years ago, I took all the yarn in my house and made about 30 scarves to donate when the cold weather came. I just hope they helped someone.

A gift to impress Slughorn? I think anything opulent would do the trick. Maybe an elegant settee or set of robes in a rich brocade. green and silver of course. Or a ancient jade statue.

Rename the Three Broomsticks??? Sacrilege! But seriously, maybe “The Ivy” or “ The Hungry Vine”. Something do with Herbology, something organic sounding. Their drink specialty would be green of course and hae to do with St Patrick’s day. Maybe with firewhiskey and cider.

Or they could name it “The LongBottom” and have all the drinks come in Hagrid size mugs! Then their holiday drink could be called :The Giant Draught”. It would of course be mulled mead, with a mint humbug garnish.

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I celebrate quite a few holidays, mainly Christmas and Easter, but also Valentine's Day and Hallowe'en, although Valentine's I only really celebrate in the sense of buying a card for my other half - we do not tend to go out on a date night or anything like that.
I love Christmas because of the spirit of giving that surrounds the holiday. In my church, we have an annual incentive to spread the joy to others, which I think really embodies this! I find gift giving much more enjoyable than receiving, though of course I do not object!
For Slughorn, I might choose something like a new velvet jacket, or some comfortable slippers - he seems to enjoy things that are both luxurious and comfortable, so I think he would appreciate that kind of thing. Either that, or a bottle of mead for him to enjoy over the holiday season!
On the subject of mead, an interesting holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve could be a spiced mead, similar to mulled wine. The fruity sweetness of the mead goes really well with the spice, and I think it would be a popular option for them to serve around the Christmas period. You could add some orange or amaretto as flavour options, if people want a variety to choose from.

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{ What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
I liked many parts, a bit from each segment. The first one was fun because it reminded me of the Friends episode where the Holiday Armadillo talked about Hanukkah, too. Not to mention, this sentence from Slughorn was epic - "It's religion, it does not have to make sense."

I loved hearing about the Chinese New Year, because I have a friend on here who lives in China (though he is not Chinese) and he told me about the holidays coming up. I would have loved to hear more about it, in fact.

Magical Accidents and Catastrophes' humorous episode made me laugh haha I think we need a gingerbread men army on HEX, too "those little cookies just lit the shop on fire" 😂

I loved the historical fact about Charles Dickins!!! That was SO interesting!

I knew nothing about kwanzaa at all - I researched it and am glad this was the opportunity that led me to learn about it.


{ What holidays do you celebrate?
I celebrate Christmas and Easter mostly - my family is not religious, but being Italian, Christian holidays are those we follow, too. Mostly, the way my family and I celebrate holidays, is by spending them together and cooking and eating as much as possible. This is hwy I was also considering celebrating other holidays with my boyfriend, now that we would like to start new celebrations, too. Every excuse to cook good food and eat it is good by me This past Thanksgiving for instance, we decided to prepare duck breasts (couldn't find the turkey) and I made several dishes that were traditional in countries where they celebrate Thanksgiving. My logic was that we all have reasons to be thankful for something or another. I guess one day I would like to have celebrated most holidays at least once and then pick those I like the most, trying out from all different countries and cultures worldwide.

{ Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.
For me the holiday spirit is taking the time off the daily routine and hectic times, to think about what is truly important to us. Who and what matters the most in our lives? What woudl we like to change to express these feelings more throughout the year? What are the reasons I have to be thankful and be merry? These questions and the thoughts surrounding them is what make up the holiday spirit the most I think.

{ If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
I think I would give him a home-made set of pots and containers made by me on the throwing wheel with clay. I love working clay and I think the best gifts that impress people the most, are those that were handmade. ^-^

{ If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I would like it if the new name reflected both of them somehow and I might have come up with something nice - The Meadow's Sett. It would represent Neville's love for plants and his Herbology teaching (the meadow) but also Hannah Abbot's Hogwarts House - a sett is where badgers live ^^

{ Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.[/b]
A Badger's Nose - this cocktail is a tribute to Hannah Abbot's Hufflepuff House and consists of various liquors derived from different herbs that Neville grows in the Greenhouse. It is then sweetened with honey and Neville adds a dash of cinnamon. It's the perfect drink to warm you up during the harshest winter months as it makes you dream of Spring and it is a promise that summer will come again. The two start selling it only during the wiccan and pagan celebration of Ostara - when Spring begins (but England is still ridden with storms and cold).
 

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What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why? I liked the first broadcast the best. It was interesting and fun to listen to.

What holidays do you celebrate? I celebrate all the holidays I can. I love holidays and look forward to decorating and celebrating them. I celebrate Christmas, Halloween, St.Patricks Day, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Fourth of July. I also celebrate Little Christmas and Mardi Gras and Hanukkah and New Years. I have celebrated many other holidays as well and think it’s really fun to learn about different holidays and how people celebrate.

Give us your best example of the holiday spirit
I think giving back and helping others is the best example of the holiday spirit. I always donate money and toys around the holidays and have done some volunteer work as well. It feels nice to help others and do something nice for someone else. It doesn’t just have to be around the holidays though! You can help out or donate all year round.

If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him? I would give Slughorn an expensive box of chocolates. Hopefully he would like that and hopefully it would be very rare chocolates that he has never tasted before.

If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I’m not very good with names but maybe something really simple like The Clubhouse

Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I would create a gingerbread flavored holiday drink for the Longbottoms to serve. I love having gingerbread men at Christmas time and I once had a very delicious gingerbread shake so I would want my drink to taste like that one. It would have bits of gingerbread swirled into it and maybe topped with some gingerbread as well. It would be thick like a milkshake.

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What was your favourite segment of this WWN broadcast and why?
I liked the first segment with Neville, Hannah and Slughorn. It was interesting hearing them talk and what they have been up to.

What holidays do you celebrate?
I celebrate just about everything. I love holidays so much and I’m always looking for a reason to decorate and celebrate something. I celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Easter and the Fourth of July.

Give us your best example of the holiday spirit
My best example of the holiday spirit would be giving. My family always picks out a toy or a couple toys to donate to toys for tots and we also donate money to multiple charities during the holiday season. We like to give to those less fortunate and hopefully make their holiday seasons brighter too. I think giving to others is the best example of the holiday spirit.

If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?
I would probably try to give him something unique and that was expensive since he was impressed by people who had potential to be successful and would be famous later in their life. I would pick a watch, a Potion accessory or something like that, that was unique and couldn’t be bought that easily so he’d feel special that he had a very rare item.

If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?
I like the name Three Broomsticks but if they really are going to change it, I think they should call it something that is simple and gives a homey vibe. I like something like The Haven or something similar that makes you feel comfortable and welcomed so you feel like it’s a home away from home.

Create your own holiday-inspired drink for the Longbottoms to serve.
I would create a holiday inspired drink that has peppermint in it since peppermint is one of my favorite flavors ever and it’s a very common Holiday flavor. I think I’d make it a peppermint hot chocolate and I’d add some whip cream with a gingerbread crumble on top so you get a hint of gingerbread with it too. I’d also add some crushed up peppermint just for decoration and serve it in a glass that was white and red striped.

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- What holidays do you celebrate?

I celebrate a lot of holidays. Christmas is a big one and my favourite because I love how my family all gets together and spends quality time together. I love all the time with my friends as well. This year was a special Christmas because on Christmas Eve my boyfriend actually proposed to me! It was the perfect time. My sisters were all in town so it was so nice to be able to celebrate with them after it happened. I don't think my Christmas will be able to top it but we will see!

- Give us your best example of the holiday spirit.

I think holiday spirit it being kind to all, to neighbours, friends and strangers. People are generous and looking out for everyone and it is so so nice.I wish people would act that way more often.


- If you were trying to impress Slughorn, what gift would you give him?

A rare autographed photo or first edition book. He seems to like rare things that are related to famous people. Or an old newspaper edition, signed broomstick by a quidditch player , Weird Sisters signed guitars , famous wizard paraphernalia. Maybe concert or event tickets I could take him too

- If Neville and Hannah were going to rename the Three Broomsticks, what do you think the new name should be?

Remembrall. It relates to Neville and is more of a joke because people will have great times at the pub that are worth remembering, but sometimes they might not remember them depending on how much firewhiskey they had.
 

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