Hurley Elder Care Law Newsletter - December 2016
 
 
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Our Hurley Holiday Traditions                  December 2016   

The Hurley Elder Care office staff is a very diverse group of people who all have interesting customs that they follow during the holidays. Each person shares with us their own special personal traditions. A small gift exchange and pot luck lunch tops off the office celebration. Following are a few of the special events for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years that provide our special memories.

Joanna reports: When growing up, "Father Christmas " always left our presents at the end of our bed in pillow cases!  On Christmas Eve we left Father Christmas a small glass of port or brandy and a piece of Stilton to "keep his tummy warm" throughout the night. Today our children leave Santa a glass of port and Stilton too!  Miles brings the tradition of “whomp rolls.” Pillsbury cans of rolls were always an important addition to the Christmas breakfast. During Christmas Day the Hurley family watches “A Christmas Story” at least twice. The children receive their gifts in different colored paper, delivered by the postman who is, at first the youngest child, and then proceeds through the family members, each acting as the postman. Gifts are opened one at a time.

Joanna and Louise have never been apart on Christmas. Sometimes hospitalizations or different continents made it difficult, but they were always together on Christmas Eve even though their parents were not always with them. They also celebrate Boxing Day, England’s traditional day after Christmas, which started as a day to box up all the leftover food to be given to the household help. Louise always watches the “Sound of Music” as she wraps her Christmas presents. This year she is starting some new traditions since she has a new home and a new puppy, named Poppy. Of course, the puppy has Christmas pajamas and will undoubtedly be taken to visit Santa.

Sandi grew up with the European tradition of hanging St. Nick stockings on December 6th, to be filled with candy, nuts, and fruit. Dawn has continued the St. Nick tradition for about 25 years; unfortunately, her children gave it up a few years ago. On Christmas eve, Sandi’s family put up and trimmed the Christmas tree just before going to church. The Christmas Eve meal was then shared with family members, at which time blessed wafers were broken off and shared, while wishing each other a Merry Christmas. One present was given to each person to enjoy on Christmas Eve; it was usually an “outfit” to wear or new pajamas. Once again, Sandi will spend the Christmas holiday with each of her children and grandchildren, a little more difficult since they live in California, Maryland and Georgia. Dawn and Bill’s Christmas Eve celebrations in the past have involved performances by their children, with Theresa playing a piano solo and the boys showing off their karate skills. Reading “The Night Before Christmas” together and opening one present before bedtime has been another tradition. This year their sons and families will be celebrating Christmas in Georgia, coming from Texas and New Hampshire. Shopping for toys for the grandchildren, Caleb and Lorelei, has brought them real joy.  Christmas dinner as usual will feature all their traditional favorites.

Theresa and her husband Michael have a yearly Christmas date at a nice restaurant and also attend at least one Atlanta Christmas event such as going to a performance of the Nutcracker, ice skating at Centennial or walking the Botanical Garden Lights. One tradition that may be continued in their family, derived from Michael’s mother, is the coding of packages so no-one’s name appears on the package; it discourages the shaking of packages to guess on the contents since the recipient is unknown.

In Danielle’s childhood family, each child hung up one of their dad’s big socks to be filled with an orange, toothbrush, nuts and silver bells. All the children had to wait on Christmas morning until all six of them were awake and then they received their unwrapped presents. Today Danielle’s family still retains the stocking tradition but the oranges and candy have disappeared and have been replaced with toiletries and small gifts.

As a child, Nancy rode around in a car with her father, trying to locate Santa on Christmas Eve. While mom stayed at home, Santa always managed to visit her home while she was gone. This year Nancy will be spending the holidays in Charlotte with her son and daughter-in-law and Will, her precious grandson.

The holidays began early for Debbie with the December 10th celebration of her daughter Lila’s Bat mitzvah. Leading into the celebration for Hanukkah, starting weeks before the holiday, the family gathers at one of the homes with their electric skillets to make latkes, which are then frozen.  As the entire family gathers to celebrate the Festival of Lights, the latkes are baked, served with homemade applesauce and sour cream and presented along with brisket and other delicacies. This year, according to the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah begins on the eve of December 24th at which time they will light the first candle of the Menorah. On December 25th their tradition is to see a movie and have Chinese food.

Jocelyn makes homemade sugar cookies and homemade apple and pumpkin pies each Christmas with her father. When she is with him on Christmas they still set out cookies for Santa. Jocelyn will be spending the holidays in snowy North Dakota with her family.

Kim says that every New Year’s Eve her family goes to a mountain house with three other families who they met when her boys were in preschool (almost 20 years ago). Our kids ended up going to different schools and we live in different parts of Atlanta, but they have grown up together and can count on ringing in the New Year together. We love spending a couple of days every year with these 17 people and share the tradition of an annual kids’ (now young adult) football game, card games, s’mores and champagne.

On Christmas morning Keesha and her family share the reading of The Christmas Story from Luke’s Gospel followed by the youngest in the family handing out the gifts. In the early afternoon prior to their meal, the family sings happy birthday to Jesus.

Michelle’s tradition: Every year we spend lots of time with family. On the night before Christmas Eve, there's a big party at Gigi and Granddad's house. The following morning, we always have a small family celebration with them before coming back home to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning is spent at home with Nana, and that night we have dinner at great-grandfather's house. Before Christmas, Sarah Beth and I will make lots of goodies to share with our neighbors and friends. We will also make a trip to see Santa for pictures.

Grace has been preparing for the holiday season by having her neighbors gather at her home to sing Christmas carols. For the past several weekends they have been singing while she accompanies them on the piano. Last year Grace played carols on the piano while the rest of us baked Christmas cookies.

Baking and sharing varieties of Christmas cookies has been the tradition of the extended Hurley family. Louise, Dawn, Nancy, Theresa, and Sandi are once again baking at Theresa’s home this year with cookies to be shared with all the others.

From all of us at Hurley Elder Care Law, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah season and a Happy New Year.

    

Family Business This past Sunday, Miles and Joanna hosted a lovely Hurley Elder Care Law office holiday party at their home. Fox Brothers BBQ was served and boy was it yummy! On behalf of the entire Hurley Elder Care Law family, we wish you and your family a Happy Holiday!
Upcoming Speaking Events:

Miles Hurley Presents CEU on "The Cost of Dementia” in Woodstock on 01/07/2017 

Please join Miles Hurley, JD, CELA, for a 2-credit hour CEU and complimentary brunch as he discusses, "The Cost of Dementia:  Implications of a Diagnosis." The presentation, free and open to the public, will take place at The Benton House Woodstock, 3385 Trickum Road, Woodstock, GA 30188 on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Registration and brunch: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; 2-hour CEU: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CEUs available:  2 core hours for social workers; 1 contact hour for case managers; 2 contact hours for RNs (TNA). Please RSVP to: bhwoodstockceu.eventbrite.com

 

Complimentary CEU on Healthcare Laws, 01/19/2017 in Acworth, Presented by Miles Hurley

Please join Miles Hurley, JD, CELA, for a complimentary CEU, on "Healthcare Laws Every Provider Should Know:  2017 Update."  The CEU will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services, 4671 South Main Street, Ste. 110, Acworth, GA 30101. Registration, appetizers and wine: 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.; CEU presentation: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. CEUs available: 1 core hour for social workers; 1 contact hour for certified case managers; 1 contact hour for RNs. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at: gafuneralceu.eventbrite.com

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Miles P. Hurley, JD, CELA  Miles P. Hurley founded Hurley Elder Care Law in 2006 to provide legal assistance to the elderly population on issues relating to aging including retaining independence, quality of life and financial security. Mr. Hurley is one of ten attorneys in the state of Georgia to receive the Elder Law Attorney Certification, and one of approximately 400 nationwide. 
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