As has become a bit of a tradition for the first newsletter of the year, I thought I’d once again share our “Top 10” Christmas memories from this past Christmas season.

Interestingly enough some of the items on the “Top 10” list are repeats from last year but each with an updated memory.


10. JARED GETS HIS “L”. For me, the Christmas season starts early December, so with Jared’s 16th birthday falling on a Saturday, of course that would be the day to get his driver’s “L!” Jared passed the test with flying colours, and so we now have a third child driving. With these extra drivers in the family, I now have the auto body shop and mechanic on my speed dial. Unfortunately I had to bump my doctor and dentist from the speed dial list to make room, but it all comes down to who do you call more frequently?

9. SNOWPLOW BIG, TOYOTA SMALL. Following up on my thoughts in #10, Adrianna’s car got clipped by a snowplow while parked at the SFU residences during the snow storm in early December. Although there was a witness, dealing with ICBC is a major pain. So we got things fixed up at the auto body shop, and I paid the $500 deductible that I am still trying to recover. Suddenly I look back with fondness of the easy days of dirty diapers and middle of the night screaming; now referred to as the “good ol’ days”!

8. CHURCH YOUTH BANQUET. Once again, Cindy and I volunteered to help with the youth Christmas banquet at our church, Cloverdale Baptist Church. Jared and Mireya attended the event, and it was a good opportunity for Cindy and me to scout the kids our kids are hanging out with. You know, find out who knows their “please’s” and “thank you’s” while Cindy and I serve the food alongside the other parents. It’s important, also, for me to throw the occasional “death stare” at some boy trying to talk with my young daughter. I did keep my composure though, as this season I kept it to a “death stare” and omitted the hand swipe across the throat gesture ☺.

7. RE/MAX CHRISTMAS DINNER. Cindy and I got all gussied up and went out to town for the RE/MAX Christmas dinner at the Washington Avenue Grill in White Rock. It was a fun venue and the company was great. Cindy and I enjoyed getting caught up with some of the other Realtor spouses, as we don’t get to see them very often, just at company events like this. I have to admit that I must be getting old because they put us at the dinner table where people kept talking about all their ailments like gluten intolerances, pulled muscles, and lack of flexibility. Oh wait, that was me talking about those things? Add lack of memory to that list…

6. RED ROBIN. To celebrate Adrianna’s and Jared’s birthdays, the family went to Red Robin once Jude arrived back home from school in Salmon Arm. We have spent a lot of money at this fine establishment over the years, but we love the food and the fact that it’s “noisy family friendly”. The “Rookie Magic” has always been a big hit, but does anyone remember that the “Gooey Cheese Sticks” used to be bigger and there were more of them?

5. RE/MAX TREE DAY. Once again, Jared and his friends volunteered at this Tree Giveaway for our valued clients who have bought or sold a house through RE/MAX. We started organizing the tree compound at around 7am, and the customers began arriving at around 10:30am. By 4pm we had given away most of our trees and the event was declared a success. Once again, it did not rain; what a blessing!

4. SKIING AT CYPRESS. Between Christmas and New Year’s, I took Adrianna and Nicole skiing up to Cypress. Nicole had a free pass because of a rained out ski lesson the previous season. This day was incredible with clear skies and stunning views of the city. I even hit a few jumps at my old age. No spread eagles, daffies, or mule kicks any more, but I did land everything I took! I remember not being as afraid of wiping out when I was 18; probably because I just shook it off and didn’t feel the residual consequences for the next 3 weeks!

3. CHRISTMAS WITH THE PARENTS. The Klassen side of the family celebrated at Rita and Neil’s house on December 24th and the Reimer side celebrated at Cindy’s parents on December 25th. And yes kids, if Christmas falls on a Sunday, we are going to church first! Lots of great food and desserts; I’m ashamed to admit I think I put on about 7 pounds over the holidays. Enter 2017 with Orange Theory, Friday morning hockey, and the best exercise there is called the “Table Push Away”!

2. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE. We love Christmas Eve at Cloverdale Baptist Church. It’s great to be around those you care about and who care about you. The singing is wonderful, the post service treats are great, but most appreciated is that the pastor’s Christmas message gets us reset on the “Reason for the Season”.

1. CHRISTMAS MORNING. Both Jude and Adrianna were home for the holidays and so the house was energetic. As mentioned, we got up, went out to Sunday service at church, and then came back to open presents and enjoy Christmas. Yes, I did get another La-Z-Boy gift card. So I think this will be the year I get my new lounge chair! I also lucked out in that Cindy really liked her gifts from me. Ever since the girls have been helping me pick out Cindy’s gifts, she’s been a lot happier . The girls wouldn’t let me shop at Home Depot or even set foot in the appliance section of the department stores for their dear mother. Do they still have to bring up the “toaster incident”??

Happy 2017!

~ Steve Klassen

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