Cherishing What Matters – Families embrace time together as the ultimate gift 

If there is one thing we’ve learned from asking our community about their holiday traditions, it is that there is no shortage of creative ways to celebrate. Alex Boerner, one of our Beverly neighbors, shared her family’s December tradition with us. 

Alex told BAPA, “A few years ago, we decided to do away with gifts for our extended family.” She stated they tried a few different ways of secret gift giving but ultimately needed a solution that allowed them to do something as a group that extended the holiday celebrations and family time. 

“On Thanksgiving, we put all the names in a hat and select our annual planner. Everyone throws in $100 and that person has to plan something fun for us to do as a group! We do a fun/themed reveal of the activity each year. So far, we’ve gone to a Drunken Shakespeare play, an 80s boat cruise in Milwaukee, holiday lights tour and a Beatles Brunch at City Winery! 

“It gets everyone to do something different we wouldn’t normally do and we don’t have the pressure of getting gifts we don’t need.” 

What a great idea and way to try something new! Thank you to all of our neighbors that shared their traditions! Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our community conversations, tips and local findings. 



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