We love our holiday traditions. So, as we began to prepare to be “blessed and stressed,” we asked our team to share their fondest holiday traditions…both new ones and those passed down from generation to generation. One clear theme from the team that warms my heart is the commitment to family. Here are some of the team’s favorites.
Preparing for Christmas
Rob Lopez, Senior Project Manager
Our family loves the preparation as much as the actual day. From finding the Elf on the Shelf to looking at Christmas lights and baking cookies for Santa, we try and do it all. There’s lots of joy in giving to others as well. We love adopting angels from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and then shopping for them. On Christmas, our family starts off our morning with kolaches (a Czechoslovakia tradition) and gathers to watch the Christmas Day parade snuggled up in our special Christmas pajamas. It’s all special to us.
Joey Riss, Vice President
We decorate for Christmas a week or two before Thanksgiving so we can enjoy it longer. Nolan has an elf named Edwin that visits from the North Pole, and each day he is in a different spot. Sometimes he’s mischievous, and other times he’s hiding and watching Nolan for Santa. We take Nolan to visit Santa as well. Nolan likes decorating a gingerbread house, and each year it’s different. We also make cookies Christmas Eve for Santa.
We enjoy Christmas Eve at our house with both sides of our family. Dinner menus change each year, but we enjoy sharing a meal and opening presents, playing games, hanging out, and watching the Santa Tracker. Throughout the season, we go to The Star to see the tree lightening and many nights, we drive neighborhoods to hunt for lights.
Jeff Riss, President
In years past, we donated to a family in need. This year, our son is old enough to get involved, so this tradition gets even better. Nolan being involved and selecting the gifts we donate takes it to another level! Now, he understands how rewarding giving to others feels. Giving back as a family tops everything else we do for the Holidays.
Cindy Cisneros, Office Manager
On Christmas Eve, the females gather early to prepare tamales, bunuelos, pan dulce, empanadas (a dessert), champurrado and calientitos (special warm drinks). While grandma cooks the tamales, we go home to prepare for the family rosary and dinner at 8:00pm sharp! We mingle until midnight and then officially celebrate the birth of Jesus. Since my parents both had 10 siblings, it was always a house full of joy.
Packed with treasured memories, our Christmas Eve involves going to my grandparents’ house, opening presents and then attending Midnight Mass. The food my family makes tops it all, including tamales, fudge and different desserts. Christmas Day consists of having a wonderful breakfast and spending time with family.
Geen Smith, Inspector/Estimator
For us, Christmas traditions start on Thanksgiving when we draw names for buying Christmas gifts. On Christmas Day, there’s a crazy amount of food, including turkey, brisket, ham, deviled eggs, dressing and lots more. It’s a true feast!
Tony Kovacs, Operations Manager
We are pretty light on traditions, but one thing that doesn’t change is our commitment and loyalty to turkey. It makes an appearance on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other traditions come and go, but the turkey remains the same.
From the team at Peak Roofing & Construction, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and the very best in the year ahead.
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