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Merry Christmas 2019 from the Jugovich Family

Merry Christmas! What a whirlwind of a year 2019 has been! I feel as though we’ve hardly been home this year, but we’ve sure had a lot of fun! In January, I took the kids to Aruba without Matt, who stayed home to man the fort. It was a great trip, even though we missed Matt, and we came home with a lot of fun family memories. Campbell got her driver’s license in January. Jack played school basketball last winter and Katie played Junior Olympic volleyball for 6 months this last winter and into the summer. We fished a lot. Jack got his permit. Matt and Jack went to Canada and Alaska over the summer to fish with friends. Katie and I went to Florida for volleyball in June. Our family camped, fished some more and enjoyed the cabin this summer. Fall brought back to school and even more volleyball. Now, as winter settles in again, we are ready for a break in the craziness and some big changes at the office. One thing I’ve learned about life as a Jugovich: It’s never dull! 

 

Matt has had both a challenging and an amazing year. Although he was the only dentist at the office the majority of this past year, he’s had his best year yet. 2019 has brought him back to the basics and renewed his passion for his profession. We are very excited that another dentist joined our team in November. With an associate at Pike Lake Dental Center, Matt may be able to take a little more time off in 2020. Matt works extremely hard, but he also plays extremely hard. He spent as much time as possible fishing this year, hitting Lake Superior, Isle Royale, Lake of the Woods, Red Lake, Canada and even Alaska this summer. He enjoyed taking the ATVs out at the cabin and driving the pontoon around our lake. Through it all, Matt has always had a great, can-do attitude and a smile on his face. He’s a trooper and makes our lives so amazing. 

 

Campbell will turn 17 in early January. She loves the freedom a driver’s license and a vehicle provide her. Technically a Junior in high school this year, she chose to go to Lake Superior College here in Duluth as a full-time Postsecondary Enrollment Option student, which means she will graduate in 2021 with both an AA degree in May and her high school diploma in June. She worked over the summer at Fleet Farm, but took a hiatus from working this fall to focus on her schooling and to help ferry her brother and sister around. We share custody of Campbell with her boyfriend, Brett, or get them as a package deal most evenings. Campbell discovered her love for baseball, Brett’s sport of choice, and attended about 100 of his games this spring and summer, including the MN 2A HS baseball championship game, in which Brett threw the winning pitch! She is extremely happy about every aspect of her life right now, which makes us extremely happy. As one of her favorite past teachers likes to say, “Life is good!”

 

Jack is 15 and has been chauffeuring us around since he got his permit in May. He’s growing taller every time I look at him and is a solid 5’ 10.5” now.  He played basketball last winter, but has chosen to take a break from sports this year. His schoolwork has made a fantastic turnaround this Sophomore year and I think he’s secretly pretty proud of it. I know I am! Jack had a bunch of amazing opportunities to hunt and fish with Matt this year, including a couple father-son fishing trips with friends to Alaska and Canada. I’d best describe Jack as an easy going, X Box playing, all around awesome kid. He has a dry, witty sense of humor, which never fails to make us laugh.

 

Katie will be 14 at the end of December. She’s already taller than both her sister and me. Volleyball is her favorite sport and she plays it year-round between school ball and her JO team. She and I took a fun trip to Orlando this summer to round out her 13s volleyball season at the AAU National tournament. She loves to read and sleep. She’s a fun, feisty, passionate kid who’s fun to hang out with. She’s consistently a stellar student and enjoys her friends and school equally. Katie is still a champion of the underdog and firmly believes in her values. She makes us pull out our hair one minute, then squeeze her because she’s so sweet the next. She makes us laugh a lot and has a quick, dry sense of humor.

 

I am never lacking for things to keep me busy. I went back to work full time at the office last December. It’s been a fun and challenging year and I’m thankful the gals at work have been so gracious and welcoming to me. There was a learning curve in every aspect of my life (from juggling my new schedule to making our family life run smoothly), but we managed it together – as a team and a family. I’m forever grateful to Campbell for jumping in and never complaining about driving her siblings around. And then there are my friends who have also jumped in and supported us along the way. It truly takes a village! To fill my creative niche, I subscribed to a monthly watercolor painting kit this year and have really enjoyed learning something new. I listened to a lot of audiobooks again this year and also read a few traditional books along the way. Summer remains my most favorite season and I eagerly await its return. Sunshine, sandals, boats, water, camping and campfires are still my favorite things, along with craft beer, good wine and books. What can I say? I’m pretty easy to please! Wink. Wink.

 

The dogs are happy and (fairly) well behaved. Ollie is nearing 4 years old and Alvin is 5. They continue to be best buddies and Ollie is happy to let Alvin take the lead in all things dog related. Ollie jumped off the dock at the cabin at least a million times this year, swimming out for his tennis ball and dropping it at our feet to throw again. He is laid back and happy all the time, if not a little over-the-top affectionate. Alvin still barks a lot and is on high alert for passing vehicles and any chipmunk, squirrel or bird that dares come near our yard. All their quirks aside, they bring us joy and are great companions.

 

We hope 2019 has delivered you health, happiness and many fond memories. We wish you a blessed 2020! If you are ever up near Biwabik, look us up! The cabin is always ready for company. 

 

Our love this happy holiday season and always,

 

Stephanie, Matt, Campbell, Jack and Katie Jugovich

 

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Merry Christmas, 2020!

What a year 2020 has been!

We started out the year with a family trip to Aruba in January, never suspecting it would be one of the best, most unrestricted and carefree weeks of our entire year. Our state locked down in the middle of March and stayed closed until the middle of May. During the stay at home order, Matt and the kids painted the kids’ bedrooms, we purged a dumpster full of old papers and junk from the basement, donated loads of stuff, cooked some delicious meals and were able to fish quite a bit. We used our bigger boat more in April and May than we do most summers! We watched the Netflix series Tiger King (waste of time) and enjoyed a bunch of  movies at home as a family. Matt and I were also busy during the shutdown with paperwork and planning for our office expansion, which began in May and finished up in November. We got back to work in May with a bunch of increased safety precautions and have had a fantastic second half of the year. We fished, camped, played at the cabin, and tried to enjoy life as much as we could, even with the COVID outbreak this summer. We had most of our trips cancelled this year, including a volleyball tournament for Katie in Florida and fishing in both Ontario and British Columbia for Matt and Jack. The fall brought renewed excitement at the office when we moved into the fresh, new addition. We doubled our square footage and are so excited about it! The whole office looks absolutely beautiful! We hope to spend more time at the cabin this winter and get outdoors to snowmobile and ice fish. 

Campbell is a Senior in high school this year and is also in her second year of PSEO, a program that allows kids to attend college for free their Junior and/or Senior years of high school. She will graduate this spring with her AA degree from Lake Superior College and her high school diploma. She worked for us at the dental office over the summer and has worked at the Tutoring Center at LSC this 2020/2021 school year, tutoring fellow students in both chemistry and calculus. She really enjoys college and it’s a good thing she does because she most likely will be in school for another 6-10 years for a career in either the medical or dental field. Campbell and her long-time boyfriend, Brett, have enjoyed being carefree kids this year and spent a lot of time hiking, hammocking, hanging out with friends and binging on TV shows. All in all, it’s been a great year for Campbell. We are looking forward to her turning 18 in January and enjoying a further taste of freedom as she enters adulthood.

Jack is a Junior at Duluth Marshall. He turned 16 in May and got his driver’s license in July, thanks to the COVID shutdown. He’s thoroughly enjoying all the freedom a driver’s license allows and is always willing to help drive his little sister to school and get her to and from her commitments. Jack is still an extremely social kid, enjoying many of the fun activities of the typical high school kids – attending sporting events, hosting sleepovers at the cabin, hanging out and grabbing food with friends, and lots and lots of XBox. He met his dad’s height and stands at a solid 6’ tall. Jack continues to make us laugh with his antics and has proven to be a fantastic sous vide chef. His flame-finished ribeye is to die for. Jack also spent a few weekends hunting birds this fall with Matt. We all enjoy the pheasants, ducks and geese.

Katie started high school this year and is a happy Freshman at Duluth Marshall. She stayed active and connected with friends with a lot of volleyball this year. COVID cancelled the last 4 months of her regular JO volleyball season, but she was able to play her favorite sport with new, fun, alternative volleyball options over the summer and into the fall. She is still very helpful around the house and has a special affection for all creatures great and small – dogs, fish and even geckos. She took driver’s ed in the fall, so she’ll be ready to get her permit to drive when she turns 15 at the end of the month. Katie is almost always fun to hang out with (she is a teenager, don’t forget) and is still game to camp, fish or watch a movie with us almost anytime.

The dogs are happy and healthy, although Alvin, at 7 years old, is starting to slow down. Ollie still wants to jump off the dock every chance he gets and he’ll hold your hand all day long if you’ll let him. 

Jack and Katie switched to online learning in November and Campbell continues to be about half online and half in-person classes. COVID struck our house in November, too. Campbell has fully recovered and we are thankful it was a very mild case. Although we were close together before we knew she was sick, she was the only one to get the virus. How does that work?

We continue to be thankful for amazing coworkers and patients, steady jobs we enjoy, a healthy family, true friends, and lots of opportunities to indulge in our favorite pastimes. The invitation still stands – there’s always a comfortable floatie and a cold beer available during the summer at our cabin on Bass Lake near Biwabik. 

Here’s hoping 2021 is a year filled with health and happiness for you and yours! 

Our love always,

Stephanie, Matt, Campbell, Jack and Katie Jugovich

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from 2020:

Livin’ it up on the beach in Aruba in January.

Signing our lives away at the closing of the loan for the office expansion in June.

Campbell and Brett celebrating the 4th of July at our cabin.

Mid-construction of the office addition in July.

Alvin cuddling on Katie’s bed.

The kids standing for their obligatory photo in Grand Marais in August.

Our 18th wedding anniversary in August.

Ollie ready to roll t0 SD to hunt this fall.

Matt and Jack pheasant hunting in South Dakota in October.

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Christmas Greetings from the Jugovich Family, 2021

Christmas greetings! What a wonderful year 2021 has been! 

Matt has had a fantastic year keeping busy with some fishing, hunting (ducks, grouse and pheasant), relaxing and, of course, projects around the house, office and cabin. Matt got a new toy this summer, a mini excavator, and is excited to get some projects done in the coming year. The extra bonus for Matt this summer was his schedule. He worked Monday-Wednesday, which gave him plenty of time for work and some much-needed play. Ever the “idea guy”, you may see some new tricks Matt has up his sleeve come out in our Christmas letter next year. Life is always an adventure with Matt!

I still work at the office and help take care of the back end of our businesses. It’s a good mix of people and numbers for me. My schedule also gives me a little more time to be “Mom” while the kids are still home. I finished reading/listening to my annual 100 book goal again this year. I also mastered using chopsticks in 2021! My interests continue to lean toward the arts. Writing, painting and photography are the activities that fuel my soul. I had a nice, little container garden on our deck again this summer. We had a bounty of fresh herbs, onions, potatoes and more this year that we’ll be able to enjoy throughout the winter.

2021 was a big year for Campbell! She officially became an adult in January. She graduated from Lake Superior College with honors and a 4.0 GPA and earned her AA degree in May. She also earned her high school diploma in June, with an additional 350+ hours of community service logged. She took a few classes over the summer and began pursuing a BS in biochemistry degree at the College of St. Scholastica in September. Campbell and her long-time boyfriend, Brett, will both graduate from CSS in 2023. She plans to apply to dental schools in the near future. Campbell also spread her wings in July and moved into her first apartment, a cute 1 bedroom unit, in Duluth. She is only a few minutes from home, but she is thoroughly enjoying her independence. She worked as a tutor for calculus and chemistry courses at LSC for most of last school year and also worked at our office on Fridays. She’s taking most of this semester off from work as she navigates a heavy credit load at CSS. Life has been busy, fun and exciting for Campbell.

Jack is a senior at Marshall and is enjoying every minute of it. He missed so much of his high school experience the past couple years, so he is making up for it at every opportunity. At 17, he is as tall as his dad, a solid 6 feet, and growing. Jack loves to drive! The kid has put a ton of miles on his car. Ever the social butterfly, he loves hanging out with his friends and playing sports. He joined basketball again this year and has learned he also enjoys golf. Jack got a few bird hunting trips in with Matt this fall too. He is finally seeing a direction in school that he enjoys and may pursue a degree in the sciences, as he is really loving his AP biology class this year. He’s applying to colleges now and is looking forward to graduation and new adventures away from home in 2022.

Katie is a sophomore at Marshall and is eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday later in December. She can’t wait to get her drivers license and gain her next level of independence. She got her first job this summer at Gordy’s Gift and Garden Center here in Hermantown. She blossomed (excuse the pun) at Gordy’s! She experienced the many rewards of having a job by making great friends, learning a lot of people and customer service skills and earning a paycheck. She was on the Nordic ski team this past winter, played volleyball for school this fall, joined a bunch of school activities and clubs, student council, and is also a student ambassador for Marshall. She bakes for the office every once in a while too! Katie is a stellar student and keeps a close eye on her grades. She enjoys challenging herself and is taking mostly honors classes at school this year. 

The dogs are aging well. Ollie, at 5 years old, especially loved the summer months being up at the cabin and in the lake, along with the couple hunting trips he made to the Dakotas with Matt. He’s a hunter through and through! He’s also the most loving and gentle dog you could find. Alvin, 7 years old, still sometimes acts like a puppy, chasing his favorite ball and leaping into the car for a “CR.” We have to use a code for “car ride” because he gets so excited. Alvie will still bark at the wind, a stranger or any noise he hears. It’s great. Really.

Our other baby, Pike Lake Dental, continues to grow, especially with the addition to the building in 2020. We have added staff, patients and potential with the extra 2,500 square feet. Matt and I are thankful for the truly awesome people we have the privilege of working with and calling our friends. We often joke that we have our “family” family and also our “work family.” The counting of our blessings wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our amazing patients and the relationships we continue to grow with them. It takes a village and we are forever thankful for ours.

We snuck down to Florida a couple times this spring, once just the two of us to Marco Island and once as a family to the Keys. Matt and I also took a couple weekend trips to Dallas for some financial planning and business strategizing. It feels so good to travel again! 

Our trip to South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills was a highlight of the 2021 summer. The guys’ fishing trip to Canada was postponed again this year, so we switched gears and loaded up the family and the ATVs and headed out to Lead, SD for a week. The whole family could be together, all 6 of us (Campbell and Brett too!) which is getting harder and harder to accomplish. We visited a bunch of tourist spots and also put many miles on our ATVs. It was an awesome trip! 

We fished only a handful of times this year, certainly not as often as in years past. After much contemplation, we gave up our seasonal site at the campground in Baudette. We mainly focused on being at the cabin and relaxing. There was A LOT of time spent floating on Bass Lake, quite a few campfires and many, many pontoon rides! We also hosted some fun events up there, the top few being a cousin reunion for Matt’s side of the family, an office gathering, Matt’s high school and college buddies for a golfing weekend, and Steph’s 26th high school class reunion. We love to be able to share our happy place with so many people.

All in all, it was a year of happiness and focusing on being present with our little family. We hope 2021 treated you and yours well and that 2022 will do the same. Cheers to a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year!

Our love,

Stephanie, Matt, Campbell, Jack and Katie Jugovich

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Nancy, The Elf Who Has THE BEST Favorite Christmas Cookie

Nancy’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“Sitting in my parents’ living room with a fire in the fireplace with the whole family the year I got married.”

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received?

“Tennis bracelet from Ward. Smokey the Bear, a saddle for my horse and a dancing doll from my parents.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“Both, of course!”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“Rosettes filled with chocolate chip mint ice cream and drizzled with chocolate.”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“Giving.”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“Yes.”

Artificial or real tree?

“Artificial.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“Red, green and multi.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“After Thanksgiving.”

How many trees do you put up at your house?

“One.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“Filled.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“One to two.”

Do you still send out cards?

“No.”

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Sandy, The Elf Whose Best Gifts Are Having Her Children Home

Sandy’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is the holiday tradition you look most forward to?

“Christmas Eve church services and dinner with the family after. Candles fire and Christmas music after gifts.”

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“Our then 4 year old granddaughter was asked what was the thing she liked most about Christmas. She answered: Just being here with you.”

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received?

“My best gifts are simply having our girls home with their families.”

What do you wish for this Christmas?

“That we would take the time to experience His presence amongst the presents.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“A twinkle and a wink… you decide.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“Cookies – Mexican Wedding Cakes. Dish – Our Christmas Eve dinner: CoqAuVin Rosettes.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?

“Joy To The World.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

“White Christmas – I love the songs!”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“Love choosing and giving.”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“Usually… Wait! Do I have a budget?”

Artificial or real tree?

“Artificial inside, but real on our front porch.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“Varies on which room. Silver and glass in the dining room. Gold and cinnamon tones in the living room. Red, white and green in the family room.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“After Thanksgiving.”

How many trees do you put up at your house?

“Three – living room, dining room and family room.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“Decoration.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“Four… Work gathering for Greg and I, family gathering and Bible Study Group gathering.”

Do you still send out cards?

“Yes, most years.”

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Sue, The Elf Who Knows No Christmas Budget

Sue’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is the holiday tradition you look most forward to?

“Little kids opening presents.”

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“As kids, everyone having mumps over Christmas.”

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received?

“Snowmobile helmet and gloves. (spouse bought the exact same gifts)”

What do you wish for this Christmas?

“Caribbean vacation.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“Duh.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“Swedish gingerbreads.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

“Rudolph.”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“Giving – definitely.”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“What’s a budget?”

Artificial or real tree?

“Artificial.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“Multi.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“2 weeks prior to Christmas.”

How many trees do you put up at your house?

“One.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“Filled.”

What do you/did you leave for Santa?

“Nothing.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“One is enough, plus family get together.”

Do you still send out cards?

“Yes.”

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Cara, The Elf Who Attends THE MOST Christmas Gatherings

Cara’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received? 

“My dog, Lady Elinor, aka Ellie. I have always wanted a West Highland white terrier and my now husband (then boyfriend) surprised me with her for Christmas 7 years ago.” 

What do you wish for this Christmas? 

“A happy and healthy Christmas season for all.”

Have you been naughty or nice? 

“Somewhere in between.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“Sandbakkel cookies.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?

“I love Christmas songs! Top 5: Baby It’s Cold Outside • All I Want for Christmas Is You • O Holy Night • Silent Night • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“Both!”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“I wish. [insert money flying away emoji]”

Artificial or real tree?

“Artificial – 4 foot tree on an end table.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“Weekend after Thanksgiving. Record set up time for tree and decorations – 25 minutes!”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“My stockings are hung on the chimney with care and filled with snacks!”

What do you/did you leave for Santa?

“As a kid, I left Diet Coke and my mom’s favorite cookies.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“6 – Nick and I, my parents, Nick’s family, Nick’s extended family, extended-extended family (the outlaws) Nick’s brother’s mother-in-law’s, and friendsmas.”

Do you still send out cards?

“Yes! This year we are sending out a funny card.”

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Stephanie, The Elf That Sends Out Way Too Many Christmas Cards

Stephanie’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

“I’d have to say the Christmas jammies I get for our three kids every year. The tradition started out as a way to get them coordinated Christmas Eve night at bedtime for cute pictures Christmas morning. Yes, they were often hideous, but in a cute way. Now, they aren’t all Christmas-matchy, but they are always comfy and cozy. I hope to continue this tradition forever.”

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“Some of my favorite childhood memories were traveling to my grandma’s house in Browerville, MN, or to my aunt and uncle’s house, in either Circle Pines or Little Falls, MN, and to my grandparents’ house in St. Louis Park, MN. I remember being worried that Santa wouldn’t find us so far away from home, but he always did! I also loved the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible (even though it seemed to take forever as a little kid) and the singing and instruments my mom’s side of the family always incorporated into our gatherings.”

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received?

“Matt got me my first camera the first year we were dating and I fell in love with photography after that. Also, my bag from Duluth Pack last year was pretty awesome and I’ve used it every day since.”

What do you wish for this Christmas?

“I’d wish for everyone to genuinely love someone and to feel loved by someone. Love is such a powerful emotion and it’s such a gift to give and receive. Sappy, I know.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“I try to be nice, but I will admit I do have a little naughty streak in me.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“I love the full, traditional turkey dinner complete with stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole and wine, with a real tablecloth and pretty cloth napkins.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?

“This is hard – there are so many good ones! Favorite traditional Christmas song: What Child Is This? Especially Josh Groban’s version. Christmas song I physically cannot stop myself from dancing and singing to: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. Christmas song that gets stuck in my head all year long: It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

“Elf is my absolute favorite Christmas movie, but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a very close second. There are so many fantastic quotes from the movie Elf!”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“I love to give and I spend a lot of time trying to get thoughtful gifts for people on my list, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t like to receive too. Matt is a really, really good gift giver.”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“I know I overspend for everyone on my list. That’s part of the fun, right?”

Artificial or real tree?

“I do appreciate a real tree, but the artificial trees are hard to beat. I am not a good tree waterer.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“I like to switch it up every year. This year it’s white lights with red accents.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“I try to always put our trees up Thanksgiving weekend. I like to finish one holiday before I start on the next one.”

How many trees do you put up?

“Two at home – one upstairs and one downstairs – and usually two at the office.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“I like them bursting with awesomeness!”

What do you/did you leave for Santa?

“When the kids were little, we’d leave the traditional milk and cookies, with a little reindeer food every once in a while. Now that they’re all teenagers, the big guy gets nothing.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“A couple at least: one for work, one with my side of the family, sometimes one with Matt’s family, sometimes with friends… It really depends on the year.”

Do you still send out cards?

“Of course! It’s one of my favorite things to do at Christmastime! I usually send out over 200 cards with a double sided letter. I know that’s over the top, but there’s so much to say! It’s the one time of year we always check in with many of our old neighbors, distant relatives, far away friends and loved ones, even some of our parents’ friends. I love getting cards and letters from friends and family too. I pin them up around our windows, so we can admire them into January.”

 

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Lisa, The Elf That Got Engaged at Bentleyville

Lisa’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is the holiday tradition you look most forward to?

“Spending Christmas morning at home with my family.”

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“Getting engaged at Bentleyville! Putting up my grandma’s Christmas village and the tree with her every year when I was little.”

What was the best/most memorable Christmas gift you’ve received?

“My brother and I got an Original Nintendo when we were kids from Santa – lots of Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt and Tetris were played!”

What do you wish for this Christmas?

“The good health of my family.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“Mostly nice.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“Lutefisk! Ha! Just kidding – yuck! Wild rice hot dish and cheesy potatoes.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?

“Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

“White Christmas, Elf and Christmas Vacation.”

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts more?

“Giving, but receiving is fun too!”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“Umm… budget? My husband would say no…”

Artificial or real tree?

“Usually real, but artificial this year.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“Mostly red and gold.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“The weekend after Thanksgiving.”

How many trees do you put up at your house?

“One for now, hope to have two in the future.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“Filled!”

What do you/did you leave for Santa?

“Cookies and milk.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“Lots! 6 or 7 maybe.”

Do you still send out cards?

“Yes – usually handmade, but photo cards with a little one the past two years.”

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Dr. Levi, The Elf Who Got Stuck in the Airport

Dr. Levi’s Holiday Questionnaire:

What is the holiday tradition you look most forward to?

“Christmas Eve dinner.”

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

“As a young kid, flying to my grandparents, getting stuck in the airport all day, having a great Christmas together and it all being worth it in the end.”

Have you been naughty or nice?

“Nice.”

What is your favorite Christmas cookie or dish?

“The cookies with the Hershey’s kiss in the middle.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?

“White Christmas.”

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Do you stay within your Christmas budget?

“Sometimes”

Artificial or real tree?

“Real.”

What color decorations do you use? (red/green, multi, white/red, etc)

“Red and green.”

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

“After Thanksgiving.”

How many trees do you put up at your house?

“One.”

Do your stockings get filled or are they only for decoration?

“Filled.”

What do you/did you leave for Santa?

“Milk and cookies.”

How many Christmas gatherings do you attend each year?

“3.”

Do you still send out cards?

“No, but maybe next year.”

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