Holiday Traditions

November 07, 2018


The holidays are all about tradition so we asked a few of our festive employees to share some of their favorite ways to enjoy the holiday season. From classic to a little bit wacky, here are the ways we celebrate.

Kevin Yoblin, Sous Chef, Kohl’s Corporate

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The story goes that I opened my eyes for the first time in time to see the parade after I was born on November 26, 1986 and I haven’t missed one in 32 years!”

Madeline Cope, Catering Manager at Discovery World

“My favorite family holiday tradition is putting out meatballs for Santa, we think he gets enough cookies throughout the night!”

Chris Graham, Digital Marketing Manager

“Every year, a group of friends gets together to see A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater. Then we do a round-robin Christmas party between two or three houses. It’s usually at the beginning of December, so it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season for me and my family.”

Jeremy Hietpas Assistant General Manager, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

“I absolutely adore holiday decorations. When I lived in New York City, I always made time to go check out the intricate department store window displays at Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. So it’s no surprise that my favorite tradition at the restaurant is when we put up our holiday decorations. Ristorante Bartolotta, already a very cute and cozy restaurant, transforms into a magical place.”

Joe Bartolotta, President and Co-Owner

“On Christmas Eve our family tradition is to partake in the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Items such as seafood chowder, clams, oysters, crab, shrimp, periwinkles, conch and a smoked trout or salmon are enjoyed. The following morning ‘Party Eggs’ are served. This tradition started when I, my brother Paul, and sisters Maria and Felicia were kids and the dish was prepared by my mother, Beverly Bartolotta. Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, creamed chipped beef, and cream of mushroom soup are baked casserole style. It is comfort food at its best!”