What marks the start of the holiday season for you?
Bobby: College football! Especially the first Bulldogs game.
Jamie: When the weather turns a little cooler.
Does your family have one very special holiday tradition?
Bobby: We gather at Mom’s. She cooks and we all laugh and talk. But every day is Christmas for us.
Jamie: We always open one present Christmas Eve.
What are you most looking forward to during the holiday season?
Bobby: Spending time with my family, and watching my nephew enjoy it!
Jamie: My son Jack’s face on Christmas morning.
What’s your favorite holiday book or song?
Bobby: Just about any Elvis Christmas song. “White Christmas,” maybe? “Here Comes Santa Claus”?
Jamie: My new favorite is Elf on the Shelf—it’s great for children.
Why do books make the best gifts?
Bobby: Because they last and require so much thought to give. Also, they can be enjoyed over and over.
Jamie: When someone spends time choosing a book for a gift it reveals something about the giver and how they feel about the “givee.”
What books are you planning to give to friends and family?
Bobby: I’ll have to go shop.
Jamie: How not to Act Old—for myself! And The Deen Bros. Take It Easy, of course!
What was the best book you read this year?
Bobby: My favorite book is my dictionary. I use it every day. I also have some intellectual daily devotionals that I really love.
Jamie: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon.
What’s your number one resolution for 2010?
Bobby: Be the best husband, father, brother and son I can be.
Jamie: I don’t really do resolutions. I just strive to be better every day and leave a positive impression on everyone I come in contact with. And always do the right thing.