Another Christmas is has come. Mother and I are so proud of you all. We are honored to have the opportunity to associate with each one of you. Our family is growing so quickly. We love you all. I have a memory to share with you.
For the most part, I have great memories of the Christmas dinners and Santa Claus visits. We would get all dressed up for these activities. There were literally dozens of us at these family get-togethers. Though most of my cousins were considerably older than me, they were accepting and friendly and made me feel important and loved. I was a pretty small kid back then, but I always felt included and valued. Most my memories of these parties occurred at Margaret and Lynn’s (aunt and uncle on my dad’s side). But I remember that one year we held the event out at the distribution center in south Salt Lake. That year, Kim, Jeff, and I dressed up like the three chipmunks and performed. These get-togethers have continued off-and-on throughout the years and still happen even today with an annual Stucki Cousins Family Reunion and family website. Santa Claus would make his appearance and distribute gifts to each of the children. I was young enough at the time that it was all magical and mysterious. Somehow, I think I knew my Grandma Stucki was behind all of it. One year we did it at our house, and I was the ten-year-old jolly old man.
Mom and dad used to dress me up like Santa when I was a child to deliver the family Christmas gifts to our friends, as well. I’m not sure I really liked doing that, but my family was persuasive and our friends complimentary, so I couldn’t refuse.
Now you are making memories for your own children and families. Do everything you can to make them peaceful, warm, and memorable.
You and your families will have the rest for your life to enjoy them.
Thank you for allowing us to be part of yours.
We love you all!
Mom and dad
Send me your Christmas photos of our family holiday activities, and I will add them to the Christmas album above for your viewing pleasure.