St. Jude families celebrate the holidays

While undergoing treatment, St. Jude families still find a way to let kids experience the joys of the holiday season. See how our families like to celebrate during this special time of year.

 
 
Dallas's ugly sweater party

An ugly sweater contest

"Dallas always helps decorate the tree, and we make a big deal that we can never get everything together without his help and expertise," said Dallas' mom, Tekia. "We also had a Christmas party with games, food and family. We get up extra early on Christmas morning. We also wear Christmas pajamas and have an ugly Christmas sweater contest." 

 

A Christmas party

Felicity’s first Christmas was spent at the hospital, but this year will be different. “Since Eric and I married, we’ve always hosted a Christmas party,” said Felicity’s mom, Amanda. “This will be the first year we get to do it with Felicity, and we can’t wait!”

Patient Felicity on Christmas Day
 
Ashtyn and her sister

A festive outfit for the dog

"We all wear Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and make cookies for Santa," said Ashtyn's mom, Kiara. "Ashtyn and her older sister, Aubrey, love dressing up our dog, Bentley, too." 

 

Christmas jammies

“As the kids have gotten older, we’ve made it our tradition to go on a trip in lieu of Christmas presents," said Owen's mom, Kelly. "They do still get stockings and Christmas jammies, though. Here’s Owen and his siblings, Christmas 2018, waking up in the Grand Canyon.”  

Patient Owen with his siblings
 
Ashtyn and her sister

The annual dog photo

Bailey and his sister Kate love to decorate the tree themselves every year. During his treatment, his family has called him Super Bailey, so there is now a Super Bailey ornament. And of course, it just wouldn't be Christmas without a portrait with Oscar and Sophie, the dogs.

 

A musical family

"Our family sings songs while my husband plays the piano," said Matthew's mom, Robin. "Matthew loves to dance while we sing."

Patient Matthew with Santa
 

 

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