Amidst the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas, singer/songwriter Matt Wertz is helping listeners to slow down and take time to reflect on the real reason for this season with his latest album, Snow Globe.  For more about Matt Wertz, check out

What do you enjoy most about Christmas?  

Being with my family – there’s such a warmth and safety about being back home. I love the memories and also creating new ones.  It’s so fun digging out old photo albums or digging through the closet in my old bedroom, which still has stuff from my childhood in it — just to relive some of my life.

As I’ve gotten older, the emphasis has gotten away from the gifts that I would get and is now more about giving gifts to others.  Every once in a while, I come up with a creative gift idea and I love giving those gifts to my family.  I just love having all my family under one roof.

What’s your favorite Christmas food?

You know those little cookies where they put a Hershey’s Kiss or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the middle – those!!! Especially, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ones!  I know it’s not a full meal, but I love them!

What’s your favorite Christmas carol?

“O Holy Night” – I put it on the album, and I love how this song captures the sentiment and wonder of Bethlehem.

What’s your favorite Christmas album (besides your own)?

The first Amy Grant Christmas album.  I have the actual record on vinyl, and I love playing it throughout this season.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Home Alone – just because that movie was so big when I was growing up.

Are you the type of person who likes to peek at your presents or do you hold out?

When I was a child, I totally peeked! I remember when I was probably about 6 years old, going downstairs before anyone else was awake and unwrapping presents with my name on it and then wrapping them back up as discreetly as possible so no one could tell!  But I have such a strong conscience that I’m sure I told my parents at some point during the day about what I did….

Now days, I want to be as surprised as possible!  I steer clear of all possible hiding spots!

What do you want for Christmas this year?

There are two things that I currently want, but they are really boring.  I want some red hiking boot laces. I got a new pair of hiking boots, so I want to put some red laces on them.  I also want the biography on Steve Jobs.  You can tell Santa that’s what I’m asking for….