Holiday Traditions

Netsmart associates enjoy celebrating this special time of year. We wanted to share with you some of our associate’s holiday traditions. We hope that you and your loved ones have a safe, happy and joyful holiday season!

Bill Schulhoff, Manager, Methadone Systems

While Christmas has many traditions in my fdollaramily, my favorite is putting crumpled dollars
bills into the Christmas stockings of each of my children.  It began years ago, with me really crumpling (into as tiny a wad possible) dollar bills for each of my children’s stockings and watching them root around their stocking stuffers to dig them out and smooth the wrinkles out. What started as a joke has evolved to include spouses and become our own family tradition.

Belinda Baldus, Business Analyst, Marketing – Product Management

I absolutely love the Holidays- the lights, sounds, smells, the hustle and bustle –even though it can be stressful I also find it energizing. I love cooking and my family has favorite dishes that we love so much that I often make them throughout the year, so our holiday meals are full of new recipes a virtual smorgasbord of flavor and variety. Another favorite tradition is my vast collection of very special Christmas ornaments- many of which were collected while traveling. Every year, when I carefully unwrap my ornaments it becomes a trip down memory lane. I am now passing on these memories to my grandchildren.

Juanita Brooks- Daniel, Solution Support Analyst

Christmas is absolutely one of my favorite times of year! We have so many small traditions as a family – decorating the house, going to Christmas Eve Service, making cookies and brownies on Christmas Eve (and eating them LOL), going out to visit family in our footed PJ’s and occasionally getting the raised eyebrow when my 6’4” husband gets out of the car for gas wearing his footed superman fully equipped with cape PJ’s.   marleyOne tradition that was sadly retired last year was the play I was in for 7 years running “A Modern Day Christmas Carol” (enjoy the photo of me “Joan Marley” warning Scrooge to change her evil ways).  Have Blessed and Safe Holiday Season! Merry Christmas!

Robert Guy, Senior Software Engineer mother-and-daughters

Growing up, my family opened our gifts to each other Christmas Eve, and Santa’s gifts Christmas morning.  I actually like my wife’s family tradition of the kids opening up pajama’s Christmas Eve (we are always surprised when we find out that’s what the boxes contain!), and opening the rest of the gifts Christmas day.  We’re still waiting for our first pair of Easter Bunny pajamas . . .

Nanette Cecchi, Manager, Evolv Support 

pizzEvery year for the past 29 years we make Pizza Rustica.  My husband and I started making it when we were engaged and have since gotten the kids involved.  There are many layers and we each take a turn preparing and adding a layer.  Since my son has moved out, he has asked for the recipe and I am sure will continue on the tradition.  Even though the pizza is delicious, this dish is more about spending time with family and having fun during our Christmas preparations.

Evan Kuo, Centered Client Alignmentphoto

My family celebrates Christmas Day with a White Elephant gift exchange. Every present must be under $25 and to participate you have to bring a gift. Often times the gifts are so creatively fun that they are locked on the third swap. So last year I autographed a photo of myself and put it in a new frame and to my surprise it was traded the maximum amount of times. It now resides on my cousin’s desk at his office!


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