5 min­utes with SARAH MOR­GAN

We catch up with Sarah Mor­gan, au­thor of “The Christ­mas Sis­ters”.

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How do you spend Christ­mas?

For me, Christ­mas is all about fam­ily. We lead busy lives, and this is the time we all get to­gether. I love the scents, flavours and rou­tines of Christ­mas: the com­fort of con­ver­sa­tion, long walks in crisp, cold weather, snug­gling in­doors in front of the fire. It’s a spe­cial time.

Do you have any spe­cial tra­di­tions?

We have sev­eral, but my favourite is choos­ing the tree. We go to the for­est and I al­ways pick the largest tree pos­si­ble. It’s usu­ally frosty and cold and we drink hot choco­late to warm up while we ar­gue about which tree is the pret­ti­est shape. Once home, we dec­o­rate it to­gether us­ing an eclec­tic mix of dec­o­ra­tions ac­cu­mu­lated from var­i­ous trav­els over the years. I con­fess I also use dec­o­ra­tions the chil­dren made when they were young. You can’t beat a baked star!

Do you en­joy set­ting a story around Christ­mas?

I have writ­ten a Christ­mas story ev­ery year since I was first pub­lished, and it has be­come one of my own Christ­mas tra­di­tions. I can’t imag­ine not writ­ing one. The fes­tive sea­son pro­vides end­less scope for ex­plor­ing drama and con­flict in fam­ily re­la­tion­ships, and a win­ter set­ting cre­ates a cosy in­ti­macy that adds some­thing spe­cial to the story. I find it cre­atively sat­is­fy­ing to write a Christ­mas book and it’s a high­light of my writ­ing sched­ule.

Do you have a favourite child­hood mem­ory of Christ­mas?

My best mem­o­ries aren’t about gifts, but about spe­cial mo­ments. I re­mem­ber wak­ing up ridicu­lously early and try­ing to per­suade my more sen­si­ble older sis­ter to wake up, too, step­ping out­side my bed­room in the dark and feel­ing a lumpy stock­ing rub against my leg, breath­ing in the scent of turkey roast­ing, be­ing charmed by the flicker of del­i­cate fairy lights. It was al­ways a mag­i­cal time.

Are you or­gan­ised or a Christ­mas Eve shop­per?

I am an­noy­ingly or­gan­ised (at least, my friends find it an­noy­ing!) Be­cause I’m of­ten busy writ­ing my Christ­mas book in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, I do my gift buy­ing at a leisurely pace through­out the year. I try to choose gifts that I think peo­ple will love, and if I see some­thing per­fect in April, then I’ll buy it. Wrap­ping is left un­til Christ­mas Eve. That’s as close as I get to last minute!

“The Christ­mas Sis­ters” by Sarah Mor­gan is pub­lished by HQ, Harpercollins in pa­per­back, ebook and au­dio

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