If decorating for Christmas and baking ALL THE THINGS is your jam during the holidays, there are two 25 Days of Christmas shows you need to watch now. Like, right now. Get on it. Want to know what they are? Of course you do!
The Great Christmas Light Fight
The Great Christmas Light Fight is in it’s 6th season, and we had the opportunity to chat with Carter Oosterhouse, Judge and host of the show. This season focuses on the all-stars from the past 5 seasons, with the most magnificent and over-the-top houses in America.
Carter shared some fun facts about the show during our time with him:
- After seeing all the talent on The Great Christmas Light Fight over the past few years, Carter has decided to retire from decorating his own house. He says there is no way he can compete with all of that talent!
- Seasons of The Great Christmas Light Fight are filmed one year in advance, so they are currently filming for 2019.
- Carter loves that most of the contestants stick to decorating for their neighborhood, not for the whole country. A lot of their decorations are regional things that their neighbors love and look forward to each year.
I loved listening to how passionate Carter is about the show, and the contestants. He really admires the families that come on the show, and share their traditions with us.
The Great Christmas Light Fight airs Mondays at 8|7c on The ABC Television Network or streaming or on demand.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
The Great American Baking Show has been a breakout star when it comes to reality TV, and we’ve loved how our own kids have fallen in love with watching it. When we were told we were going to interview judge Sherry Yard, I was elated.
Not only is Sherry a judge on The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition, she’s also a three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef. To hear what she has to say about the show, and about baking in general, was a pleasure. Here are some fun facts Sherry shared about the show, and her experience as a judge:
- There is one challenge the contestants tackle every week, but the difficulty increases each time. The contestants have to use their instincts to make the recipes work for them.
- Since the contestants are from different regions around the country, their origins show in the creation of their baked goods. Sherry says their region’s baking preferences and palettes always show in the finish products.
- Because The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition was filmed in London, they tried out all of the recipes before the contestants, to make sure they worked for the location, the British ingredients worked within the recipe, and the measurements translated well.
- While The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition is a holiday themed show, it was filmed in August! The cast had to wear coats for certain scenes to give that holiday feel, but it was actually summer weather.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition premieres on Thursday, December 6 at 9|8c with a two-hour episode, and will also be available streaming and on demand after premiere.