What inspired you to record a holiday song?
Allie: Christmas is by far my favourite holiday, and I love any excuse to be in the holiday spirit. I feel like any original Christmas song is a chance to breathe new life into longstanding holiday traditions.
Siegfried: I had the initial inspiration before and already had the lyrics, and then I heard Allie’s voice on it and the song came together.
What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?
Allie: I did, and still do steal all of the bows off of everyone’s presents (after they’re opened, of course), and pile them up on my head, like a crazy Christmas hat.=
Siegfried: When I was a child, every year a Christmas bell would ring and my siblings and I would run downstairs to find the Christmas tree shining, candles lit, and all of the gifts there waiting for us. It was as if every wish we each had written in our Christmas letters were coming true.
Do you still get excited about seeing gifts under the tree? What was your most favorite surprise?
Allie: Absolutely! Who doesn’t love a present with their name on it? My most favourite surprise was getting a GameBoy Color the first year they came out, with the special edition of Pokemon, which came with a stuffed Pikachu. I still have it.
Siegfried: Gifts are no longer so important to me; it is more the time spent with loved ones that means so much to me. As for my favorite surprise: one time, as a child, I got the same popular brand ski which the World Champion used.
Do you have any special holiday family traditions you would like to share?
Allie: We would all sit in a circle and unwrap our presents one-by-one, one per person. It was a really special time, that gave extra emphasis to the spirit of the moment.
Siegfried: Every year at midnight in the small Chapel at the end of the fair we all sang the song “O Holy Night” together.
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?
Allie: The classic: “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.
Siegfried: “Driving Home For Christmas“ by Chris Rea.
What inspired you to write a Christmas/holiday song?
Allie: I love Christmas, and am never short of inspiration to come up with a new take on the holiday that fits my mood for the year at hand. This year, after the world experienced 10 months of lockdown, all we really wanted to wish was for everyone to “Have A Good Christmas”.
Siegfried: I think as a songwriter one should try to write an original Christmas song, because it is a way to “pay it forward”, and share this brilliant gift you’ve received with the world.
Do you have any holiday recipes you would like to share?
Allie: If you’re in the U.S. around Thanksgiving, you should probably have a can of “cranberry sauce”. It has to retain the cylindrical can shape, too. It’s much better than it sounds, and a staple of my childhood.
Siegfried: If you are in Austria, then noodle soup with frankfurter sausages!
What are your fondest musical memories associated with the holiday season?
Allie: Each year, I love to watch two classic Christmas movies starring Bing Crosby: “Holiday Inn” and “White Christmas”.
Siegfried: When I was a child, it was singing and playing traditional Christmas songs together with my twin brother and my mother every year in the warm Kitchen, while my mother baked Christmas cookies.
In your opinion, what is the all-time best holiday song?
Allie: “O Holy Night” has one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.
Siegfried:“O Holy Night“. You can not write a better Christmas song — the words together with the melody.
Do you believe in Santa?
Allie: I will if you will.
Siegfried: No, I am from Austria, where we believe in the “Christkind”, or the “Christ Child”.
What message do you want people to hear when they listen to your song?
Allie: That it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy this year with friends and family, whether it’s virtually or in person. It’s time to reflect on what makes this part of the year so special.
Siegfried: To reflect on the true values and spirit of the Christmas season.
What do you enjoy more? Receiving gifts or giving them?
Allie: Probably receiving them!
Siegfried: I think to give them! Because when you receive them they are mostly the wrong one… And then you have to say how happy you are with them…
What charities do you support?
Allie: I have served meals at my local food shelter in the past, and donated coats and canned goods to help those in need.
Siegfried: I support animal shelters and taking care of the homeless people in my city.
What are your top 5 favorite holiday songs?
Allie: “O Holy Night”, “White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
Siegfried: “Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht – O Holy Night“, „Leise rieselt der Schnee“ (a German traditional), ““White Christmas“, Driving Home For Christmas“ “So This Is Christmas“.
Have you ever gotten a lump of coal in your stocking?
Allie: Nope! Glad to say I’ve never been on the naughty list.
Siegfried: No, I’m not sure why this is a tradition!
Allie: That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
How has Covid altered your holiday plans?
Allie: America is currently on lockdown, and because I live abroad I won’t be traveling there this year. We’ll have a fun holiday in place though.
Siegfried: I think I will, unfortunately, lose all of my Hotel Gigs this Christmas, but I have more time to be at home, so I am sure I will enjoy that.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Allie: I’m looking forward to hopefully traveling more, and going out to restaurants again.
Siegfried: On the next Farris & Walsh Single which will be released early next year, and all of the musical projects which I have planned for 2021!
Did you start holiday celebrations early this year? What did you do differently in 2020?
Allie: Yes! My husband bought me a really nice advent calendar, and even though it’s still November, I’ve already started opening it! He says he might have to get me two this year. 🙂
Siegfried: No, I am always late; I am one of those guys buying Christmas gifts on the 24th!