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Holiday Guide

Take me, show me, buy me

Orlando Weekly staffers, freelancers and friends tell you what they want to eat, drink and get for the holidays

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Get: this Book is full of Spiders (Seriously, dude, don't touch it) by Cracked.com's David Wong. Cutting, Lovecraftian horror. And dick jokes.

Scott Horn, freelance writer, Orlando Weekly

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Eat: Cookies, cookies and more cookies (Did I mention I will be eating cookies?)

Drink: I will indulge in as much hot chocolate as humanly possible … with whipped cream on top, of course!

Get: I would like a new pair of cat-eye glasses. I have awful vision, but always enjoy splurging on new frames to help me forget that fact.

Jennifer Guhl, marketing and public relations manager, the Enzian, Eden Bar and Florida Film Festival

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Eat: My immediate response would be, "Everything in sight," because, let's be honest, that's usually the case. But what I enjoy even more than the holiday bingeing is my annual holiday baking day. Every year I devote an entire day – sometimes into the night – to mixing, measuring, sifting and gifting dozens of sweet treats. While each family member/friend has a favorite – anything from peppermint bark to blondies to gooey pumpkin bars – each year I'm sure to add a fresh new holiday indulgence from my kitchen.

Drink: I come from a family that's accumulated a ton of holiday recipes. Last year I was lucky enough to marry into a family that also dusts off their own bounty of passed-down dishes each year. None, though, are as "spirited" as my mother-in-law's homemade spiked eggnog, which we'll whip up again soon after she graciously shared the how-to last year. I'd share with you the ingredients, but I'd have to … well, you know the deal.

Get: I've lived in Florida for most of my life, meaning that a good majority of my holiday memories have involved sunshine and sand. This year, I want to see snow, so I've planned a long-weekend trip to Chicago in early December. The only things this thin-blooded Florida girl needs are a pair of waterproof leather Bryn boots ($200, thenorthface.com) and a comfy-cozy Marc New York fur parka ($249, nordstrom.com). I'll soon be making snow angels all over that Windy City –if Mother Nature complies, of course.

Aimee Vitek, calendar editor, Orlando Weekly

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Eat: Anything and everything that involves either pumpkin, gingerbread or peppermint chocolate.

Drink: Seasonal beers and all variations, adult and family- friendly, of egg nog.

Get: I want all of my family and friends to stop buying pointless gifts for each other and instead buy more excellent wine and drink it together.

Hollie Mahadeo, general manager, the Enzian

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