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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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Sorry it's a little over two hundred not including the questions.

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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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