When I hear the words “Holiday Spirit” I get a flood of great memories and an eagerness to continue traditions of giving. I can remember, when I was younger, the day after Thanksgiving we would start decorating for the upcoming Christmas holiday. I loved hanging the lights outside with my dad, drinking hot cocoa, watching holiday movies, trimming the tree with family and friends, shopping for that perfect present to bestow on someone.

I asked friends in our business community what “Holiday Spirit” means to them. What I love most about this question is how fast the responses came. That tells me that so many people love to share the warmth and love they feel this time of year. I guess it comes as no surprise, but is always so wonderful to know so many value this, remembering family traditions, gathering together, a sense of community, and the wonder and magic seen through a child’s eyes. The holidays encompass everything from music, meals together, religious services, peace, love, giving and gratitude.

Lindy Cash, owner of Foothills Ace Hardware, celebrates Christmas Day with her Ahwatukee family. “We share a delicious potluck dinner of everyone’s favorites. We savor the weather and count our blessings that we have made such good friends and live in this great community.”

Everardo Keeme of Everardo Keeme Photography cuts down his own tree.

Nick Knight of Nick the Computer Guy enjoys a traditional Italian seafood feast on Christmas Eve.

Preparing tamales with his family is a favorite of Viva Healthy Café owner Gary Caceres, followed by a family prayer of gratitude.

Photographer Dale Kesel looks forward to the seasonal treat of eggnog that takes him back to being a kid and is eager to lean how to make his own this year.

Chamber Marketing Director Paulette Pacioni makes a traditional Christmas Eve eight-course Polish meatless feast called Wigilia, which starts at the sight of the night’s first star.

All of these are wonderful examples of how we celebrate as individuals and with our family and friends. A wonderful characteristic about Ahwatukee Foothills is the way our business owners spread “Holiday Spirit” through the community. Companies sponsor needy families, collect for Toys for Tots, celebrate with their families at Festival of Lights, and send donations to our troops in the Middle East.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends and Ahwatukee Foothills business owners who helped me find a little more “Holiday Spirit” in writing this article. Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of getting to know and those who have always been a great support to the Ahwatukee Foothills community. I am grateful to all of you. Happy Holidays!


• Christie Ellis, of Sonoran Mountain Realty, is on the board of directors of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (480) 201-3575 or Christie.M.Ellis@gmail.com

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