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How Our Team Members Celebrate the Holidays
Happy holidays! I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is over and we’re already decorating the Christmas tree. Around the holidays, everyone at our office gets pretty excited to take part in a number of traditions, and we thought it would be fun to share some of those with you. Here are a few ways our team members celebrate at home. Maybe you’ll get some ideas of your own! How Our Team Celebrates Christmas Christine We always have family over on Christmas Eve, and after everyone goes home, we each open one gift. In the morning, we sit together and take turns opening one gift at a time, going in order from youngest to oldest. This way, we get to see what everyone got, and it makes it more special. We also cut down our own tree and decorate it with the kids’ homemade ornaments and ornaments people have given us. We love stringing popcorn for our tree. Amy We grew up eating bubble bread on Christmas morning. For those of you who aren’t familiar, bubble bread is made by shaping bread dough into balls and layering them in a pan. As the bread rises, the dough balls expand and create a pan of ooey, gooey, delicious “bubbles.” It’s addictive. Kelly On Christmas, Santa would come to my house twice! We would go to Midnight Mass after spending the day with all of my family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins would trek over to church with our very full bellies. Once mass was over, we went home to find that Santa had stopped by and delivered all our big presents. We would open them and go to bed, leaving cookies and milk for Santa, and apples for the reindeer. When we woke up in the morning, we found the cookies, milk, and apples eaten, and our stocking full of little presents from Santa. I was very blessed to grow up in my house, surrounded by my amazing family, and to have Santa come twice every year! Christa We spend Christmas Eve with my husband's family. When we get home, it's usually pretty late, so we put out cookies and milk for Santa on the
table and carrots for the reindeer on our front lawn. We wake up pretty early the next morning and open gifts while listening to Christmas music. We stay in our jammies for a long time and watch “A Christmas Story,” while Jacob plays with all his new toys. In the late afternoon, we spend time with friends and stay for dinner, which usually involves eating a lot of Christmas cookies. Christine This year marks my second wedding anniversary with my husband and our second Christmas with our 18-month-old son. This will also be our first Christmas celebration at our new home, so we have yet to see how our traditions will follow. Our plan for this year is to invite both sides of our immediate family to our house on Christmas Eve for dinner and a gift exchange. My husband loves to sing and play the guitar, so I'm sure there will be plenty of caroling as well. Before our son goes to bed, we’ll place Santa's milk and cookies by the fireplace, which hopefully won't be too tempting for my son or his very pregnant mommy. On Christmas morning, we’ll go to church and then enjoy watching our son open gifts under the tree. We have a pretty festive crew, don’t we? Growing up in the Demas household, we had a traditional Norwegian dinner on Christmas Eve, including warm rice porridge for dessert. On Christmas day, the rice porridge from the day before was turned into Riskrem, a rice pudding, and put in a big bowl. A nut would be hidden in the Riskrem and whoever found the nut in their dish would be the winner, and get a nice piece of Norwegian chocolate! While the holidays are a time of festivities and celebration, we’re aware that not everyone gets to spend them with loved ones. Bitterly cold weather and heavy snow also make it hard to enjoy the outdoors and get enough sunshine. Even if the cold makes it hard to get outside, being stuck inside can turn into a fun game night with the family, and a chance to unplug from technology and spend time talking face-to-face, instead. Inside the newsletter, we have some more suggestions for overcoming the winter blues and creating more happy winter days. From everyone at Team Demas, we wish you a season full of joy and hope. Merry Christmas!
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