Christmas is a special time of year when everyone can become a kid again
The holiday season is magical and full of beloved time treasured traditions. This magic can be expressed without tinsel and sparkling lights, like they found out in Who-ville, it is only found in hearts.
We asked our SAGA Realty and Construction team to share what they look forward to every year over the holidays, favorite traditions… there seemed to be a common thread “home and family,” here are a few of their stories:
“I have a memory from growing up with my Dad, especially in my teenage and college years. On Christmas Eve, he would bring the presents he bought for Mom to me and I would wrap them while he wrote his note to her on the Christmas tag. He usually bought her jewelry so it was fun to see what he picked out. It was a great Dad and daughter time. He wrote her funny notes. He was generous with her and he was generous with us his daughters. I really miss him.” –Martha Hathcock, Realtor
“The elves come visit on Christmas Eve around dinner time before Santa arrives. They leave a gift on the front porch. It is usually a game to play that night together. As kids we would always try to catch the elves, but never had any luck. One Christmas it had snowed and we were shocked not to see any footprints in the snow!” –Sarah Pritchard, Realtor
“Gathering to open presents and share a wonderful meal at my parents house.” – Asad Saghafi, Assistant Controller
“Pets are a big part of our family so naturally they are involved in nearly all we do including our holiday celebrations. We loved including our dog Nova and horse Dexter in our Christmas card photos!” -Lauren Garrett, Asset Management
“Our family loves celebrating Christmas and the special traditions that come along with this time of year. Even though my boys are teenagers, they still love to see our “elf on the shelf”, Jack James move all around the house and make messes daily! Jack also brings them a special chocolate calendar the first day of December, new Christmas PJ’s in the middle of the month and Gingerbread houses that we get to decorate when their Nana and Uncle visit! On Christmas morning the boys enjoy being surprised by the gifts under the tree. NO presents are put under the tree until everyone is fast asleep on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning they also enjoy finding their “big” gift by clues that are left throughout the house and outside!! Christmas evening, we enjoy a special dinner as a family and make a peppermint ice cream birthday cake for Jesus!” -Debbie Gabbert, Sales Manager
“We enjoy attending Nags Head Church for Christmas Eve service then congregating afterwards to our house with immediate family for Christmas Eve dinner together. We enjoy this fellowship telling stories, catching up with each other, sharing blessings of the year and the meaning of Christmas.” – John Dunstan, Construction Superintendent
“As a family we really look forward to Holiday Season. We have lot of holiday traditions like Elf on a shelf, setting up our Christmas tree together followed by wearing family pajamas and sipping peppermint hot chocolate sitting next to our fireplace with holiday music on. Our favorite holiday tradition is to do Random Acts of Kindness as a family which include baking together and delivering goodies to our local police station, library, post office, doctor’s office and nursing home. We learn to make a new holiday dessert every holiday season.” -Shweta Gupta, Web Strategy & Marketing Manager
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