by Jonathan Gramling
by Heidi M. Pascual
Columns & Features
End of Year Reflections
by Jamala Rogers
While our dateline is December 24th for this issue, there was no way that The Hues would be ready for the printer on Monday morning, In between work on the
paper, there was Christmas shopping to do. For the past 38 years, it has been the tradition of my household — when I was married and after — to exchange presents
on the morning of December 24th, get ready after enjoying the presents that we received to go to Milwaukee for the extended family celebration on Christmas Eve,
which is when my mom and dad gave us gifts as kids and we continued the tradition into adulthood.
When my mom, bless her heart, and my dad were alive, we would gather at their house to exchange gifts and then party until the wee hours of Christmas Day. When
my mom died in 2005, my brother Tim took over the hosting duties.
Ever since my son Andrew returned from China back in 2011, he and I have baked our Christmas presents to the extended family. We have baked cookies and
brownies of all sorts and sizes. This year, we made gingerbread from scratch with individual serving cups of vanilla ice cream. And we make enough for 40-60
people over the course of six hours before we pack everything up and head for Milwaukee.
At 66-years-old, this does become somewhat of a challenge for me as my Achilles tendons stiffen up the next day from the extended work time on my feet. And this
year, I had to go back to the store two additional times for ingredients that we underestimated. But I am loathe to give this tradition up because it is a special time for
Andrew and I and family does appreciate the personal touch we put into our gifts every year.
The next day, Christmas Day, we have an additional celebration at my brother Jim’s and his significant other, Linda Vazquez. We stay at their house and are joined by
Linda’s family and Jim’s friend for a Christmas brunch that features an exchange of laughter and presents. We do this once a year and it is always very enjoyable.
|Bringing Light to Rural Congo
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DECEMBER 10, 2018