It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time” and today we have insanely skilled Erik Stucky with us to share some holiday cheer!
Ryan: Christmas is a time for joy and happiness to spend with friends and family. How do you plan to spend your Christmas this year?
Erik: I plan to spend my Christmas back home in Colorado with my Mom, Dad, Grandma, and siblings.
What are your favorite festivities surrounding Christmas?
Every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember, my mom and grandma make Eggs Benedict. It’s about the only time in the year that I eat it, but it’s become a special tradition that I definitely look forward too and expect!
Let’s settle the debate: when should someone put up their Christmas tree?
Any time after Thanksgiving and up to Christmas day. I used to be more cynical about not putting it up until the week of Christmas, but as my life gets busier, I have realized that it’s all about the time spent with someone you appreciate. So even if you don’t get to it until Christmas day, if you are enjoying the quality time, it’s still worth it.
What is the best gift you’ve received for Christmas?
The best gift? Wow that’s a tough one. My parents bought me my first mandolin for Christmas when I was 8 or 9. It came in a card board box and it changed my life.
What song(s) get you in the Christmas spirit?
Probably Handel’s Young Messiah.
Would you consider creating a Christmas album? If so, what songs would you include, or would they be originals?
I have never written a Christmas song or ever seriously considered recording a Christmas album. Never say never, so if I did, I would write my own songs, and maybe include a classic or two.
Rank your top favorite Christmas themed movies
Oh man, there really aren’t that many. As a kid it was the 1964, “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”. As a little bit old kid, it was “A Christmas Story”, followed by “Christmas Vacation” as a teenager.
Does your family have any Christmas traditions that are unique?
I have two brothers and a sister, and we started exchanging our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve because we just couldn’t wait another night to open presents. Even though, it’s a little tongue in cheek these days, we have stuck with this tradition, for the most part. Another tradition was that my grandma would come stay the night on Christmas Eve, she lives with my parents now, so I guess it is still a tradition!
With Christmas comes cold weather and snow. Do you like enjoy the cold weather? Snow?
As mentioned, I am from the Colorado, so it is not uncommon to have a “white Christmas”. I also grew up skiing a lot, and that is a fun activity to do when I am home. In general, I am not as fond of the cold weather, and there is nothing worse than having to scrape ice off your car windshield when you are already running late!!
Did you build a snowman when you were a kid?
Oh yes, we had a five acre yard when I was growing up, and large groups of friends would come over to build giant snow men. Though sometimes we would just role the biggest snow ball we could manage; running out of steam before we’d finish the whole project.