Azalea’s favorite thing during the holidays is putting lights on the Christmas tree. “She’s fascinated by the lights,” said her mom, Simone. “She gets a kick out of opening presents, too.”
This year, the family will celebrate the holidays at St. Jude, where Azalea is undergoing treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma.
Luke and his family spent December 2014 at St. Jude. “St. Jude goes over the top for the holidays,” said Luke’s mom, Kate. “Target House, where we were staying, was gorgeous. They brought in a brass quartet to play Christmas carols. It was warm and felt like home. All the kids were in their Christmas jammies listening. It was such a sweet moment.”
This year, the family is home in Canada for the holidays. “Luke’s favorite thing about Christmas is the tree. He wants two trees, one inside and one outside,” Kate said. “And he wants to call Santa on the phone.”
During the holidays, Esmeralda’s family decorates the tree and gets together for a special dinner. “We exchange gifts on Christmas Eve,” said Esther, Esmeralda’s mother. “We play games and enjoy the special time together.”
Daniel’s family enjoys decorating their Christmas tree together. His parents prepare hot chocolate and sweets and wrap presents.
Last year, Daniel was at St. Jude during the holidays. “St. Jude made it special for the kids,” said his dad, Elvis. “Almost every day leading up to Christmas, there were events for the kids.”
“Our family starts the holidays by going to a tree farm and choosing a tree to chop down and take home,” said Hannah’s mom. The family decorates the tree together and always goes to the evening service at their church on Christmas Eve. They also play Elf on the Shelf and open presents on Christmas Day.
“This is our first time spending the holidays at St. Jude,” said Londyn’s dad.
The family normally alternates spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with her mom’s and dad’s sides of the family. “This past Thanksgiving, the staff gave us a Thanksgiving meal on the BMT floor. It was great!” he said.
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