I love this time of year – the weather finally gets a bit cooler, business slows down just enough to allow us to fine-tune our goals for next year, and my family begins to gather together (something that doesn’t happen often enough these days) for Christmas. In our house, Christmas is a time for family and for traditions.
Holiday traditions are unique from family to family, but the one thing they have in common is that they are responsible for making Christmas feel like Christmas. In the Ferester household, Christmas means gathering in the kitchen to bake oodles of cookies while the Kenny and Dolly Christmas CD plays through the speakers, and the Christmas tree lights twinkle in the background.
Once the cookies are delivered to friends and neighbors, as much of the family (which totals 17 these days) as possible comes together on Christmas Eve to share a nice meal, read the Christmas story by candlelight and then open the one gift we always open early – matching pajamas. Then we stay up too late reminiscing and laughing and eventually make our way to bed so that Santa can come.
As kids have grown and now even grandkids have become adults, it gets harder and harder for everyone to be together at the same time, but we all try – because that’s what makes this time of year so special.
For some, the holidays can be a hard time – a reminder of someone we’ve lost, a time of loneliness, or mounting stress from the financial pressure that Christmas inevitably brings. It is important to remember these people and reach out to them if you are able to make their holidays a bit brighter.
At Beth Ferester & Company, we had the great pleasure of “adopting” a family this Christmas. They were a family of five who was hit hard by the economy and then lost their home to Harvey. We pulled together as a company and have fulfilled their Christmas Wish List – and I can tell you that we feel like the lucky ones because there is no better feeling than making the holidays a little easier for someone else. This is one tradition that we are definitely going to carry on at Beth Ferester & Company.
Happy Holidays to everyone!