The Intersections


By Dulcinea Hawksworth   

  "Burning the boxes and wrapping paper in a bonfire in the middle             of the night while singing obnoxious and inappropriate songs.                    Alcohol, may or may not be added.

   Let's face it. Holidays and family gatherings are hectic and often                 stressful. Burning things at midnight after everyone left was my                 coping mechanism, which has turned into a hysterical                                 tradition." 

     Heather Lynn
     Joliet, IL/ Ft. Campbell, KY.  


Picture of Heather Lynn. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
"I think the biggest holiday tradition, that makes me smile the most, is my family getting together on Christmas Eve or somewhere close to there. We never see eye-to-eye throughout the year, and that's okay, because that's the way families are. But at Christmas, it doesn't seem to be that way, it's not about us; it’s about our kids ,our grandkids, and others who are close to us.

I remember when I was a kid we would get together at my grandmother's house, a little bitty house, and it overflowed with people. Life was good then, all of the matriarchs and patriarchs were home, and they led as they should. We would go caroling, open gifts from Santa Claus, which by 16 or 17 years old, was me… which leads me to my favorite tradition:

Over the last 30 years, I have been able to be Santa for thousands of people. Putting the same smile on their faces that I've had on mine at Christmas since being a boy. This year, I had to rearrange my schedule to make time for my family, to be their Santa. We have four new babies in our family, and I get to be thier very first Santa. Hopefully, when I can no longer be Santa, somebody keeps up that tradition, I hope that someone will continue to put smiles on their faces because I know that I will not be here forever.

I encourage people to start their own traditions, as my children and I did, after the passing of my wife. Every year, we go out and cut down our own Christmas tree, usually on my birthday. That is my gift. Traditions can be started for silly things, or to remember someone very special. Regardless of what you call it, a family tradition, holiday tradition, or just something fun to do, just do it. It will bring a smile to your face and to someone else's. I hope you all have a great holiday season and a merry Christmas."

JC Santa Clause
Maintainance Engineer
Braidwood, Il


"My favorite tradition is hanging ornaments from my family on the           tree.

   My family members used to make personalized ornaments for each     other as gifts, and when the family is all together, and we are                   decorating the tree, we sit and talk about who made what and for          and for who.

   I like hearing and remembering the stories about my family's                   past.”

​   Fred Kaanapu
    High School Student
    Joliet, IL

Picture of Fred Kaanapu. he is looking towards the camera with his chin placed upon his hand. 

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