“Getting the family Christmas tree had always been my favorite part of the holidays. We went out every year with my dad to pick just the right one. I carry on this tradition with my husband, Howard, and our two wonderful boys, Linus and Oliver.”
- Julie Hall, Executive Vice President
My dad and my brother in 1981 with our tree
My family choosing our tree in 1989
One of our family Christmas trees, still standing in the backyard of my childhood home!
The tradition lives on!
“In the Ferrante family we are all about our traditions and we have a BIG family so there is a lot of tradition to be had. Scalloped potatoes, charades, ice cream snow men and the list goes on!
First on the docket, is the mandatory brother & sister photo opp. Thankfully we are no longer forced into matching outfits (below). “
(John, Francesca, Cameron)
I would say that our holiday traditions are about the chance for everyone to have a little moment in the spotlight, like my cousin who once debuted his spoken word rendition of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ to a baffled group of adults and hysterically laughing teenagers. For the past few Thanksgivings we have been concentrating on haikus – preferably originals like this little ditty from me last year.
I can’t eat another bite.
What? Pie? Bring it on!’
Christmas is about “talents” and readings. Think of it as family open mic night. When we were really young, we did readings with those that could actually read. For example, my brother John (below), who was totally excited to sit on my uncle’s lap for a reading of his favorite book in his brand new Christmas footie pjs.
My personal favorite tradition is with my Dad. Since as long as I can remember, we recite Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’ in tandem, which is fantastic except I still only know stanza 1 and 3 by heart even after all these years! To get a full grasp on what this looks like check out the wide angle shot (below) which gives a glimpse into what we willingly (or in most cases) were forced into doing in front of a rather large group, all while being videotaped for future enjoyment – thanks Dad! Maybe this is why I am so comfortable speaking in large groups? Let’s call it training for public speaking Ferrante style!
Happy Holidays! From one family tradition to another!
- Francesca Ferrante, Director, Consumer Group