Kelowna councillor shares Christmas memories and traditions

Coun. Luke Stack and his family at Eight Mile Ranch in 1990.
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KELOWNA - While Christmas traditions vary from family to family, everyone has their own that make the day so special. Kelowna city councillor Luke Stack agreed to share with what he and his loved ones do on Dec. 25.

Every year the Stack family, including wife Anne and children Laura, Joel and Heather, set up a puzzle that anyone can sit down and work on as time and mood permit.

“The best part is just hanging together and having lots of good conversations as we solve the puzzle,” he says.

He and his family also enjoy singing together — their favourite is Good King Wenceslas — and watching movies.

“I still love A Charlie Brown Christmas,” he says. "I watch it every year, and every time I hear the music by Vince Guaraldi it gives me a warm feeling.”

Stack’s favourite food to eat on the holidays is his wife's stuffing.

Each year on Christmas Eve the family goes on a sleigh ride.

“This signals that all the preparations have to be complete,” he says. “No more shopping, no more errands — it is family time.”

His favourite holiday memory happened when he was just seven years old and like most kids, woke up before everyone else.

“My parents set up two full-sized papier mache reindeers in the living room by the Christmas tree for Christmas morning. I awoke very early and went up to sit in the silence and wait for the rest of my large family to awake. With the Christmas lights, presents and fresh snow outside. It was a magical morning.”

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