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December 2010 YP Connections: Q&A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Each month metroMAGAZINE, in cooperation with The Greater Omaha Young Professionals, polls a group of "YPs" to obtain a brief glimpse into their lives and their insights on our community. Following are the answers which were provided to this months' Q&A.
 

What holiday traditions have you carried on
or started on your own?
 

 

Alena Furlong

Omaha Community Playhouse • Development Director

A tradition my husband and I started since getting married is hosting Thanksgiving each year for both of our sides of the family.

It’s been wonderful to have a time each year for ALL of our family members to get together and catch up. It’s great our families get along so well and can help us all enjoy a celebration of the past year and our many blessings. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of how inclusive it can be with time spent with both families and friends…and of course, because of all the spectacular food!  

 

 


 

Brent Shanholtz

American National Bank •
Commercial Loan Specialist Assets Analyst

As long as I can remember, my entire family has attended Christmas Eve dinner at my Grandpa’s house in South Omaha. I am one of 22 grandchildren; so needless to say, it is a packed house. My mother, her two sisters, and her two brothers always prepare a delicious meal and make sure no one leaves hungry. Christmas Eve at Grandpa’s always includes dumplings and sour kraut, as we are of Czech descent.  After dinner, all the grand kids open Christmas presents while Grandpa watches. He is 92 years old now, but he still loves to see all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren together for the holidays. I look forward to these get-togethers as it gives me a chance to see all of my cousins and find out what is going on in their lives. This is a tradition that has been a part of every holiday season in my life so far, and I hope it continues for many years to come.
 

 


 

Lindsay Johnson

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Creighton University  • Assistant Director of Admission

My mom is an only child and my grandfather died when I was young, so my grandma has spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house for as long as I can remember.  When I was a child she always made her Sour Cream Roll recipe for us to enjoy while opening packages on Christmas morning the same way my mom did when she was growing up.  Both my sister and I have now moved out of our parent’s house but we still return for Christmas morning and Grandma’s Sour Cream Rolls.  Last year, I assumed responsibility for making the rolls so that my grandma (who turned 90 this year) would not have to.  Taking on a family tradition was a true joy for me and I enjoyed making an extra batch to take to my husband’s parent’s house so we could share my family tradition with his family.

 

 


 

Rachel Jacobsen

Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater • Director

My friends and I have been going to Holiday Bowl at Kelley’s Hilltop Lanes for like a
decade (?!) now on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I lived in New York, it was so great to know where to go to see tons of happy, overstuffed friends. In the five years since I’ve been back in Omaha I’ve loved seeing folks who’ve moved away when they’re home for the holidays. I rarely actually bowl because there’s too many fun people to talk to. My sister and I always look forward to it once we’re done doing dishes and singing Beatles songs with our parents and brothers.

 


 

Katy Eledge

University of Phoenix •
Corporate Education Liaison

Coming from a very large, fun-loving Greek family, the holidays aren’t the holidays if we aren’t all jam-packed into my grandmother’s house, surrounded by an overwhelming amount of Christmas gifts and the smell of all our traditional Greek food favorites. For years, the entire family has slept over at my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve. Each aunt, uncle and every cousin is present. There’s not an empty bed or patch of carpet in the whole place and it’s not an easy task to accomplish, packing us all in to her home, but we do it and we LOVE it. We play games, eat the food and catch up on the events of the year. The main event is sitting around the table for dinner on Christmas. You can bet homemade Greek bread, soup, ham, turkey, salad, pie, and cookies will be on that table- there’s no better spread than the one my grandmother puts together every year for Christmas.  When I have a family someday, there’s no doubt we’ll be over at my mom and dad’s doing the very same thing.

 

 

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