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As I sent out our Christmas letter to family and friends, I thought that since you all have been my friends for well over 30 years, I would send you a copy of the Reiss family Christmas letter. I hope that it finds that you all had a very Merry Christmas and that you are all anticipating a peaceful and healthy New Year! So, from our house to you all, this is our Family Christmas letter.
The year of 2012 was a very eventful one for the Reiss family. When our beloved dog, Ollie passed away, Malcolm was able to fulfill a lifelong dream to have a standard poodle puppy who he named Rufus. I have never seen such a bond and it is my firm belief that if he had to pick between me and Rufus, I would be sitting on the curb with my suitcase! Fortunately I love him, too, and he is a wonderful addition to our family.
However, in early September I had another stroke, which was not how I planned on ending my summer. But I have no physical problems and it did let me know that I must change my ways and behave, which I am happy to report, I have. And once home from the hospital, Malcolm made me a fabulous dinner with olives in it, and of course, although they were sold as “pitted” they weren’t and I bit on to a pit and snapped off my front tooth. And believe it or not, the Stop & Shop who sold him the olives have refused any and all responsibility, so that means that I am getting a new tooth for Christmas, I hope. And then I washed my new cell phone... hopefully this is the end of 2012 issues for me.
But our biggest and best news was that our Sarah and Rene got married on the 29th of September It was a big and glorious wedding and the entire Reiss clan participated. And many of the Lessard family also. All in all it was a wonderful occasion and I consider myself so fortunate to have been able to participate... with a fake and semi-OK tooth.
All the grandchildren, McKinley, Sebastian, Colby, Charlie, Ellie, Katie Mei, Camden and Nicholas are all growing up to be very attractive, kind and considerate and intelligent people! Who could ask for anything more? And all of our children, Tobi and Heidi, Polly and Russ, Adrienne and Mike, and Sarah and Rene are all living well and are happy and best of all, they are all working at jobs that they love. So you can see how truly fortunate Malcolm and I are!
Because I can’t help myself, I will let you know just a little more about each grandchild. McKinley is now 17, driving, and is a junior at Tabor Academy. He played varsity football again this year as well as being a varsity wrestler. Sebastian, 15, is a freshman at the Green Mountain Valley School, is a competitive skier, mountain biker, sailor and scholar. Colby, 17, is also driving and is an exceptional guitar player and he is also a varsity wrestler at Barnstable High School. Charlie is almost 16 and is a sophomore at BHS. He is also a wrestler and is a dedicated scuba diver. Ellie is 11 and is a fierce competitor in gymnastics and has many awards to prove her skills. Katie Mei is almost 10 and is in the fourth grade. She switched to a different school this year and has continued her status as a straight A student and a shining member in their school community. She is also an exceptional recreational skier. Camden is 9 and is in the 3rd grade and has really blossomed scholastically this year. He is also a soccer player and believe it or not, a ski jumper! Actually almost any athletic event is his thing. And little Nicholas? Well, he is no longer “little” Nick, and he too is good at everything. He loves school, is an accomplished soccer player and can hardly wait for there to be lots of snow so he can ski race. And Malcolm and I can hardly imagine being any luckier than we are!
To all of you from all of us, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and for all of us, may we have a peaceful and safe New Year!
Malcolm, Judy, Tobi, Heidi, Camden, Nick, Polly, Russ, Mac, SeaBass, Adrienne, Mike, Katie Mei, Sarah, Rene, Colby, Charlie, Ellie
Rufus, Lily, Victor, James, Yul, Eddie, Frankie, Sully, Lucy, Sanchez, Coda, Kiwi and Clover
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