Johnny Ryan of Johnny Ryan & The Mongrels Talks Christmas Spirit!

JOHNNY RYAN of Johnny Ryan & The Mongrels joins Music Matters Magazine today to talk all things Christmas! Johnny Ryan &The Mongrels will be releasing the It debut album in 2020, so we will be keeping you posted on all the news surrounding these guys!

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Johnny: My Mama’s cinnamon rolls!!


 Do you have a favorite holiday scent?

Johnny: My Mama’s cinnamon rolls!! LOL

(Lincoln the Burro with Johnny Ryan)

Hot chocolate or apple cider?

Johnny: Hot Chocolate


What are you most thankful for this year?

Johnny: My beautiful new bride Morgan. This will be our first Christmas together.


Do you have any Christmas traditions? If not, are there any that you would like to try or start?

Johnny: So silly but my mom has a life-size cut out movie poster of Padmé from the Star Wars prequel trilogy that we all stick our heads in and take a photo…But it’s something we’ve done for years now! So silly!


How long did you believe in Santa?

Johnny: Probably till I was 9


What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Johnny: How can you beat “Christmas Vacation” … although “4 Christmases” has become one of my new faves as well.

Is Bruce Willis’ Die Hard is THE Christmas movie to watch for Christmas?

Johnny: Naw…but I do agree it’s one of the “go-to” flicks during the holidays


Do you do your Christmas shopping early, or do you wait last second?

Johnny: I’m pretty bad…most years it’s last minute but since I met my wife, I’ve gotten a bit better. Maybe because she’s really good at sending me links to the stuff she would like for Christmas.


What does Christmas mean to you?

Johnny: Early on it was about good memories of being a kid and being with my immediate family. Now it’s becoming a whole new meaningful time to spend with my wife and start new traditions.


Favorite dish for the holiday?

Johnny: Don’t really get them like I used to, but I’ll never forget my Grandma’s baked sweet potatoes…Man were they good! I’ve tried for years to duplicate them, but no one made those sweet potatoes like my Grandma Paulie!!


Do you enjoy decorating and are you typically full of the Christmas spirit?

Johnny: I’m a bit of a Scrooge to be honest…Ha Ha!  It drives me crazy how early they start bringing out the Christmas stuff in the stores. But once we get closer to the actual holiday itself, I come around and like having a tree and maybe a few stockings hanging over the fireplace.


Christmas dinner: ham or turkey?

Johnny: I’d say ham…especially if it’s one of those killer honey-baked numbers! Yum!


Are there any Christmas tunes you like to put on to set the Christmas mood?

Johnny: Not really….I borderline despise Christmas music…but I do like “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!!”


What are your plans this year for Christmas?  Where will you celebrate?

Johnny: Spending time with family…new and old in Denver, CO.


Does snow really make it feel Christmas or could you live without snow?

Johnny: I grew up in Colorado, but you’d never know it…I really don’t like snow or even being cold at all! So yes, I could do without snow for the rest of my life…lol


We see it every year, something new is made smelling or tasting like pumpkin spice. What are your thoughts? Overkill, bring it on, or really do not care?

Johnny: I’m ok with it…not my all-time favorite scent in the world but it definitely puts your mind in the spirit of the season.

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