What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
My faaaaaavorite Christmas memory!!! I LOVED Christmas Eve growing up. We would always go to the candlelight service at church at 5:00, then come home or go to a family friends house for Italian Christmas Eve dinner. We would all watch the Santa Tracker together and debate what time it looked like he would hit our houses in Dallas. Then, with my parents, older sister, and I, we would get to pick one present to open and then would watch a Christmas movie together (usually Christmas Vacation every year, but every once in awhile we would let my mom be sappy and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. At night I would sleep in my sister’s room with her on the pull out trundle bed (do they still make those?!) and always swear we heard reindeer on the roof. I loved everything about Christmas Eve growing up!!
What’s your idea of a good Christmas Dinner?
I’m partial to italian food for Christmas Eve. And for Christmas dinner we usually do a pork or beef tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans with balsamic and cherry tomatoes, and a rosemary bread (which is comprised of 3 packages of crescent rolls, a stick of butter, and fresh rosemary). Mmmmmmm
Do you have a favorite Christmas album?
Favorite Christmas album, hands down, and I’m sure many other laaaaaadies will back me up on this, is the Mariah Carey Christmas album. It just never gets old. When her version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”….well there’s just about nothing better in my book, and dance parties always ensue at my house.
Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season?
My husband and I like to go get the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving then come home and decorate while drinking Whiskey Cider and watching Christmas Vacation. We are in a new home this year so we decorated differently. It was fun to pick out new decor for the modern space we are in verses the old cottage we used to live in. As long as Christmas lights are on and candles are lit at my house, I’m happy all December long 🙂
Whats been your favorite album of 2016?
I have fallen in love with Ben Rector’s music this year after not knowing much about him prior. His newest record “Brand New” came out late summer of last year, 2015, but it’s been a go to for me this year. It’s feel good, nostalgia, humble, and beautiful. I was also pretty obsessed with Adele’s “25,” although it came out at the end of the year in 2015….so I have been listening to it for a solid year and just saw her concert in Nashville WOW.
What are your hopes for 2017? Any exciting plans?
I’m VERY excited about 2017. It’s going to be very different for me by choice. I’m looking forward to trying to travel less and spend more time being creative in Nashville. I am finally writing again which I have not done in quite some time, so hoping to record some new music next spring/summer. I just launched a new podcast called Champagne and Queso with my friend Carla Antonelli. Carla is a known fashion blogger in Nashville with the blog Stella Shops, and she works for the Tennessean. Our podcast can currently be found on iTunes and is a cross section of Music, Fashion, lots of food/drink, dog rescue, all the pugs, and lots and lots of champagne and queso. I’m also working on a big annual concert that would launch next fall featuring the association Highway Angel that I am the spokesperson for. More to come on that, but it’s going to be awesome! Lots of other fun different stuff in the works, so stay tuned!
The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature Christmas Cocktail recipe that you will be serving?
We drink lots of cocktails at our house! We always love a whiskey cider, which is whiskey (Evan Williams is fine cause you’re mixing it), Apple Cider, Nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks. But the really yummy drink that we have acquired from our dear friend Skip Courtney (who has the BEST parties in Nashville!) is his Hot Buttered Rum. It’s good even in the morning (if you’re in to that kind of thing…what?!). I even love how he writes his recipe. Here it is…enjoy at your own risk…it’ll sneak up on ya!
SKIP’S HOT BUTTERED RUM
1/3 spiced rum
2/3 apple cider
Butter to taste (tsp to a normal coffee cup)
Sprinkle nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
Heat to a simmer or use a percolator for a larger batch. Serve with a cinnamon stick and extra butter floater. Don’t burn your mouth as it will spoil the rest of your day…and stop drinking when you can’t feel your toes anymore!!!
About Lindsay Lawler:
Born and raised in Texas, Lindsay Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. After performing at the “2010 Great American Trucking Show” in Dallas, Texas, she formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and has since been named the official spokeswoman of their Highway Angel program. Her single, “Highway Angel,” has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers everywhere. She also wrote and recorded “Long Haul,” a salute to female truck drivers. Lawler continues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country on the Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour and through her radio show, On The Road To Nashville.