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In the Spirit

Local Business Owners Share Their Favorite Holiday Traditions

’Tis the season not only of festivities but of traditions. No matter what you do—or don’t—to celebrate, it’s still easy to get into the spirit of the season. Some have a yearly ritual of giving to those in need, while others look forward to a specific ritual or family celebration. No matter what they do, each holds significant meaning.

To kick off the holiday season, we caught up with some of our advertisers to find out what tradition they most look forward to each year.

Maybe you have a similar tradition or maybe you are inspired by one of these. However you mark the season, we hope it’s meaningful and wonderful.

Julie Burgess

Burgess Law Group

The Burgess Law Group (BLG) is proud to support the New Song Center For Grieving Children, a program of Hospice of The Valley, by adopting families for the holidays. The firm hosts an annual tree-trimming party so the BLG team and their children can collect and wrap gifts for New Song families. The organization is open to children, teens, and young adults in the Valley, grieving the death of a loved one.

Mark Candelaria

Candelaria Design Associates

Mark Candelaria is known for his architecture, cooking, tours of Italy, and his zest for life. In addition to spending time in Italy every September for his Candelaria Design Tour Italy, he is planning on taking his family back there to celebrate the holidays for their second time. They look forward to seeing the beautiful lights and sights in Rome and ringing in the New Year once again at the iconic Harry’s Bar on the Arno River in Florence.

John Stewart

Sunfare

John Stewart and his family like to celebrate all holidays, but a favorite tradition is getting together on Christmas Eve with friends and family for a huge seafood feast. They bring in shrimp, lobster, crab legs, caviar, and "all the fixin’s and trappings," as well as lots of champagne. He says they talk, laugh, and the kids run around—it’s a great way to relax and enjoy a special time with the people they love.

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