Holiday Greetings

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From decorating for the holiday season to baking cookies or helping those in need, everyone has favorite holiday traditions. With the season in full swing, we thought we would share some of our Rethinker’s favorite traditions. Check them out below:

About 20 years ago, I came across a short story that was set during the Depression. A young boy is distraught when his friends tell him “there is no real Santa.” He is crushed, and immediately laments to his grandmother. She responds “No Santa? That’s hogwash!” and sets out to prove it to him – with a heartwarming (and yeah, kinda syrupy) ending. My parents were children of the Depression and the moral of the story involves selfless giving to those less fortunate. I love this connection, so I read this story aloud at our dinner table on Christmas Eve, before the meal begins. When my kids were little, they loved it. Today, they are kind enough to endure it. But in truth, I know they cherish all our traditions – even this one!
-Margaret Fitzgerald, Chief Financial Officer

One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating the tree with the boys. They are now 6 and 7 and get very involved in the process to the point where they actually hang all the ornaments. I have the very important job of getting out the boxes, attaching the metal hanging hooks and lifting them up to reach the highest branches. We make hot chocolate with marshmallows and go through the process until the tree is decorated or they get bored. I never know which will come first!
-Bill Deangelis, Vice President, Business Development, New Technologies

Every year, since I was a little kid, Christmas was always my favorite time of year. I grew up in northern Michigan, so a couple of days before Christmas we would drive down to my grandma’s house. Christmas Eve was always spent with my mom’s side of the family. All of my cousins would get to hang out and play while the parents caught up. We would take a cousins’ Christmas photo, usually in matching sweaters of some kind that my grandma found at Hudson’s. After the festivities were over, my family would pack up the car like the Clampett’s and drive back home. I would usually last about an hour before falling asleep. Between the Christmas music and watching the snow fall from the back seat of my parents’ Suburban, it was so relaxing. To this day, we still celebrate Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family; we even still take a cousins’ picture, even though we’re well beyond the matching outfits.
-Andrew Fitzhugh, Accounts Receivable

My favorite Holiday tradition is making, from scratch, the one food item that appears on every Jewish table for the Hanukkah (Festival of Light) celebration. POTATO LATKAS. My wife and I, along with our 3 grandchildren, slice, chop and grate potatoes and onions, then mix with eggs, butter, salt, pepper and a few private ingredients to form the batter. As guests begin to arrive, we begin to fry the latkas. The house smells like a breakfast “joint.” Every guest smiles at the first taste, thanks us at the second helping and usually tries to hide during the third trip to the buffet table.
-Myron Tink, Account Executive

Whatever your traditions and however you celebrate, the family at Allied wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season filled with love and laughter!

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