Our Final Christmas Open House

Nicole Rogers

Our Final Christmas Open House

2 mins
December 28, 2021

Last Thursday Travis and I hosted our final Christmas Open House at our home. The Sentinel tradition began back with our first Christmas as a newspaper. At that time it was held at our downtown location in the quaint old building where the Sentinel took its first breath. Don Wyeth and his wife Linda played the part of Santa and Mrs. Claus and made a very jolly couple. The Wyeth’s were such a big part of the Sentinel, and they became our family. Unfortunately, we lost Linda a few years back, but Don continues to be a part of our extended family. Don made his Santa appearance several times over the years, and he will always be a part of my holiday nostalgia. 

Art and Jane Petersen have always made an appearance at the Christmas Open House events. (Photo by Anne Gajewsky)

Warm memories of those early days greeting our newfound friends of the newspaper washes over me as I write this week’s column. The big store front window was decorated with holly garland and twinkle lights and had a charming backdrop of the snow-covered streets of downtown Owen. The guests were treated to a delectable array of holiday treats lovingly baked by my mom Anne Gajewsky. Mom and Dad were always there to help us make that special day delicious and welcoming to all. 

This Christmas Open House was the second held at our new home office location. Hosting the party in our home made it even more intimate and cozy. Visitors to our final open house included Alice Feldman, Jamie Feldman, Art and Jane Petersen, Dottie Bjornstad, Kevin Hanson, Lyle Roe, Patti Orth and Bruce Westphal and of course my parents Anne and Allen. Travis and I were very touched and grateful for all who could make it and for all those who visited in the past. 

This week’s edition I enjoyed taking a look back at 2021 and sharing it with our readers. Even though there has been some dark times in 2021, I hope we can all view 2021 from the sunny side. Have a happy and healthy new year!

Dottie Bjornstad and Travis sharing some memories. (Photo by Anne Gajewsky)

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Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers, lives in Owen, WI, and is the co-editor for the Sentinel & Rural News.