Deb Klawitter: Harrisburg, PA
One of your roles in Lastleaf?
Fundraising! I love finding and implementing new ideas and ways to raise money for this amazing organization! I'm so happy to be a part of this team and it's mission!
One of your favorite experiences with Lastleaf?
Our staff weekends, planning the future of Lastleaf and encouraging each other. I'm very much looking forward to going on my very first missions trip this year to Panama. I'm so excited to see what God is going to do, both in me and through me during this experience.
Your favorite Christmas cookie? Snickerdoodle!
Your favorite Christmas gift as a kid?
When I was about 6 my grandmother gave me yellow plastic jewelry. I loved to dress up and look pretty. It was a yellow beaded necklace and clip on earrings, (as I was not allowed to get my ears pierced until I was 15) I was so happy to wear them, but boy, did they hurt my ears. I remember putting them on to go out Christmas Caroling after we opened gifts. I wanted to take the earrings off, but I dealt with the pain because they looked so pretty!
another story… Santa always left one unwrapped gift under the tree. One year I got a "flying saucer"! I loved to spend all day outside and sledding was one of my favorite activities. Our neighborhood was perfect for it. We wouldn't go in until it was dark, even if we were hungry or frozen.
Your favorite Christmas carol? Oh, Come let us Adore Him!
Your most creative or crazy Christmas tradition?
Ever since our oldest daughter was one year old, we had Chocolate Chip cookies and milk for breakfast on Christmas morning. This year will be hard, but we are going to give it our best shot at a gluten free, vegan version of a chocolate chip cookie. We are determined to keep this tradition alive!
We also now have four trees in our house. It seems as though we can never have too many trees. We always have one real one though, with the older family type ornaments on it. The others have their own color scheme or theme. The girls now decorate the family tree however they want. They are all their ornaments. They each get a new one each year, so that when they leave the house, they will have their ornaments to take with them.
One of your favorite traditions leading up to Christmas?
Decorating the house, usually starting right before or right after Thanksgiving. The girls have taken over these days, with making their own plans and ideas on how the house should look. It's fun to watch them get excited about it and be creative.
Christmas Eve party with all the extended family getting together and catching up and playing games together. It means so much to the kids to see and play games with their cousins that they only see once or twice a year.
What experience would you like to share that gets your heart into the real meaning of Christmas?
Not really an experience, I just think often about the birth of my Savior and all that He has done for me and saved me from! I'm so grateful to have been redeemed and continue each day to be shaped and molded into the person He's created me to be!
Deb Klawitter: Harrisburg, PA