Tuesday, November 7, 2017

THE THANKSGIVING PERSONALITY TEST by Rula Sinara & Catherine Lanigan

Sweetgum tree in Harper's Ferry, WV taken by Rula last fall
Can you believe we’re already a week into November? Time flies when it has strong, blustery wind gusts pushing it along! Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here…and that means calorie overload, Black Friday shopping overload and personality overload. 

Wait a minute. Personality overload? Well, yeah. Thanksgiving is awesome, but whether it involves office feasts or a gathering of family and friends, it usually means a lot of different personalities in one room…or at least around the dinner table. We’re a positive bunch here at the Heartwarming Authors blog and, of course, we hope your Thanksgiving social scene will be perfectly spiced with a dash of romance ;). However, sometimes there’s (cough, cough) one too many shakers of salt or lemon wedgies—I mean wedges—at the table.

So, for the sake of getting along with everyone and having everything go smoothly, we figured it would be a good time to analyze ourselves (or family members). Perhaps if we go into the holiday understanding our Thanksgiving personality type, we can take a deep breath and be prepared in the name of conflict avoidance (Note: If you’re an editor reading this, ignore it. We LOVE conflict J). For example, if you know you’re a salty person, eat more pie! It’s all about balance.

Here it goes. The totally valid, scientific and psychologically profound Thanksgiving Personality Test: Post your answers in the comments! Consider it fair warning for anyone coming to your house for Thanksgiving lol.

1)If you had to pick a spice it would be:

a) Cinnamon/nutmeg
b) Sage
c) Rosemary
d) Thyme

2)You would most likely reach for the:
a) Sugar
b) Salt
c) Pepper
d) Artificial sweetener

3)Your Thanksgiving themed book of choice is:

a) Martha’s Classic Thanksgiving (cookbook…you know which Martha)
b) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Charles M. Schulz)
c) A non-fiction book on the history of the pilgrims and Mayflower
d) A Heartwarming Thanksgiving (Harlequin Heartwarming authors)

4)Your Thanksgiving themed movie of choice is:

a) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
b) Miracle on 34th Street
c) Home for the Holidays
d) Planes, Trains and Automobiles

5)At the Thanksgiving dinner/lunch table, you’ll be wearing:

a) Jeans, sweater and sneakers or flats
b) Stretch pants, stretchy over-sized shirt to camouflage full belly, stretchy socks (the more stretch the better)
c) A black cocktail dress, heels and red lipstick
d) Head-to-toe in football team colors and jersey (because we had to add this option)

6)You can’t handle the person you’re seated next to. You:

a) Trade spots with a kid at the kid’s table
b) Keep stuffing your face so you don’t have to talk…and drink lots of wine
c) Spill your drink in your lap accidentally on purpose so you can be excused
d) Stay put because nothing phases you…not even messy, loud eating or your aunt advising you to cut back on butter usage…and food in general.

7)You’re asked about your love life or lack of one. You:

a) Show off your husband, kids and pregnant belly…as proof your love life is just fine.
b) Make up a boyfriend and actually bribe/hire/kidnap one and bring him along
c) Make up a boyfriend who couldn’t make it because he’s a doctor saving children in the Amazon jungle.
d) Stuff your face with food and drink and mumble something incomprehensible…then escape.

8)After the meal, you will most likely:

a) Park in front of the football game and/or take a nap
b) Go outside in the cold for a game of tag football
c) Offer to help clean up
d) Go for a walk to escape while burning off calories

9)When it’s time to go home, you want to take some leftover:

a) Stuffing
b) Pie
c) Turkey
d) Everything

Results: Okay, okay…a disclaimer: other than the fact that having fun and smiling are good for you, we have no scientific or psychological backing for this test, but we made you think about your Thanksgiving behavior, didn't we? If you picked mostly A’s, you prefer a sweet, make-everyone-happy at Thanksgiving day. If you picked mostly B’s, you like a classic Thanksgiving with a touch of dare. If you picked mostly C’s, you expect a dignified Thanksgiving. And if you picked mostly D’s, you can handle anything…as long as you have pie and a romance novel.

And speaking of romance and fun, we have a day planned that’ll recharge you after the Thanksgiving holidays and kick start your Christmas season fun! Mark your calendars for November 29th and come join our Starry Nights & Romance Facebook Party featuring all of the October, November and December Harlequin Heartwarming authors, along with Special Guests Jennifer Snow and Muriel Jensen! It’ll be tons of fun and there’ll be more giveaways than you can imagine. Hey, if you win, you can keep the gifts for yourself (because you survived Thanksgiving and deserve it) or use them to help with your holiday shopping and stocking stuffing! RSVP and get a sneak peek at some of the giveaway prizes HERE!


And that’s not all! Stay tuned for a huge blog giveaway by the December Heartwarming authors in…December. We plan to launch it here on the Heartwarming blog, Saturday, Dec 2nd.

December Harlequin Heartwarming Box Set available for Pre-order, as are the individual books

The December authors also have Prism Book Tours (which also include giveaways) lined up through November/December and we’d love to have you pop by our stops for excerpts and behind-the-scenes insights into our stories. Here are our tour dates in chronological order:





When it comes to ringing in the holiday season, Heartwarmers are a happenin’ bunch!

Don't forget to let us know how you did on the Thanksgiving Personality Test!

Peace,

Rula and Catherine

28 comments:

  1. Fun quiz, ladies! I'm all over the place on this. :)
    a) Cinnamon/nutmeg
    c) Pepper
    d) A Heartwarming Thanksgiving (Harlequin Heartwarming authors)
    b) Miracle on 34th Street
    a) Jeans, sweater and sneakers or flats
    d) Stay put because nothing phases you…not even messy, loud eating or your aunt advising you to cut back on butter usage…and food in general.
    a) Show off your husband
    c) Offer to help clean up
    c) Turkey

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    1. Love it, Jill! You get extra pumpkin pie for picking A Heartwarming Thanksgiving as your book of choice ;)!!

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  2. Hi, Jill, thanks for taking the test. I was EVERYWHERE as well. I think I'm totally neurotic during the holidays and I don't know which end is up. It was a fun way to start the day, huh?

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  3. Always a fun post from you two ladies, Catherine and Rula! I did the quiz, even though we had our Thanksgiving weeks ago and how could I not pick 3 (d)!! As to dress...well, in another lifetime I like to think it might have been a cocktail dress. Very much looking forward to the special events as well as the new releases!

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    1. Yay on mostly d's! Now I'm wondering which ones lol...

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Rula and Catherine! :)

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    1. You too!!! Can't believe it's around the corner already!

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  5. You do realize, ladies, you've sparked my imagination with all these scenarios?! I'm mostly with Jill, though on the romance question my first thought for the singles was e) tell them you're doing just fine, thank you. Though I did like c)...what could they say about such a sacrificing husband?

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    1. I'm with you. THAT question played out as an entire novel in my head!!!

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    2. Lol, I'm glad we got you thinking! And yes, Catherine (aka Joan Wilder/Romancing the Stone) would totally come up with a story about a husband in the Amazon jungle lol ;).

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  6. Such a fun post, ladies. I always love checking in to see what you two are up to! xoxo

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    1. Janice, I remember, back in the day, my mother had HUGE Thanksgiving dinners and fun lasted all day and evening. We did dress, maybe not cocktail, but in pretty dresses and I miss that now. These days, my dress up jeans are considered "dressed up". Sigh. As long as I have an apron on and I can do some of the cooking, I'm happy. And Very Very Grateful for so many things.

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    2. Awesome, Amy! I bet you have all kinds of fun things planned for Thanksgiving! Thanks for coming to visit us. We love doing something different, and this blog was ALL Rula. What a genius that girl is!

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    3. Amy, you and Carol are the queens of funny/fun posts! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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  7. I'm all over the place, except maybe dignified. Looking forward to celebrating the holiday season with all of you. It's happenin' all right.

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    1. You crack me up, Beth!! I'll have to post my answers but I will say I'm a casual girl at Thanksgiving (partly because I'm in the kitchen cooking until the last minute) and we usually have a small bonfire or firepit at night.

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  8. I no longer have to host the big Thanksgiving family dinners as our family have moved all over the place and for some holiday travel isn't an option due to work. That said, the test was fun and I don't fit any mold, I guess. Doesn't surprise me. This year it's just my sister and me and we've decided to do totally non-traditional food. Will see how that goes. Looking forward to December books.

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    1. Hey, Roz! Glad you had fun and I hope you and your sis have a fabulous 'rogue' Thanksgiving ;).

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    2. Hi, Roz, I'm going to Houston to my son's house. He deep fries turkeys all day the day before Thanksgiving and gives them to his church. (THIS is an old family tradition.) I may be helping with some recipes, but like you, I'm not the one doing IT ALL, anymore. Since I give other dinner parties, I don't miss this one. It all changed, frankly, when my sister died and then when my mother died...well....I'm looking for a Thanksgiving cocktail dress! LOL

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  9. Okay, so my answers were:

    a) cinnamon/nutmeg
    a) sugar (unfortunately)
    d) A Heartwarming Thanksgiving (naturally ;)
    a) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    a or b) jeans/sweater vs all stretchy stuff...depending on company
    d) nothing phases me...or maybe I internalize until their all gone...or get snarky depending on how much sugar I've had lol
    d) pure avoidance lol
    d) a walk would be first choice but I usually get stuck with c) clean up
    d) everything! Partly bc Thanksgiving has been at my place for years now so I get to keep a bit of it all and I usually pack up a bit of everything for others to take home.

    I think I'm split between a's and d's. Split personality at Thanksgiving. Great lol. Be warned!

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  10. So much fun today! I think I'm a little bit of everything. I'm currently trying not to pout because my sister in law wants to do Thanksgiving at her house this year. It's my favorite holiday and I always do Thanksgiving. But we rarely do anything at their house and I know it means a lot to her, so I'm trying not to be too disappointed.

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    1. Aw, I know how you must feel. I'm in a similar situation this year. The bright side is less cleaning and maybe less of a grocery store bill too!

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  11. Fun! I was all over the place, too. And LeAnne, go to your s-i-l and enjoy not having to clean up the mess--before and after. :-)

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    1. LOL, Pat, I tried to have some sort of rhyme or reason to the test but figured it was all in the fun of it ;). That or we really are a mixed up bunch lol. Maybe it's all the characters in our heads wanting different answers! ;)

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  12. Okay, Miracle on 34th Street threw me. And, I never reach for a spice. But, I like cinnamon :) LOL

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    1. That good old Thanksgiving Day parade :).

      No spices? Oh man, if you saw my spice cabinet...lol

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  13. What fun, you two! Love this, and can't wait to get my hands on those books!

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    1. Thanks, Loree! You always make us laugh and ditto for your books :)!

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