On behalf of my Cole-Marriner family, some of the original 1600s settlers of New Jersey’s Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties, I would like to wish you Happy Holidays!
Speaking for my Watts-Stark family, early settlers of Virginia and South Carolina who, generations later, joined other pioneers venturing west, eventually settling in Cole, Moniteau, and Miller Counties, Missouri, I say Season’s Greetings!
From my Noel family, whose French ancestors immigrated to Adams County, Pennsylvania in the early 1700s, and my Ardinger family, whose Austrian ancestors came to Washington County, Maryland the early 1700s, Joyeaux Noël and haben sie ein glückliches Neues Jahr.
On behalf of my Taylor family, whose common English surname makes it difficult to trace their origins, and my Thomas family, whose Palatine patriarchs are well-documented, I extend Yuletide Greetings.
Speaking for my spouse’s Williams family who hailed from Wales, we warmly wish you Nadolig Llawen, while his English Stott family hope you have a Happy Christmas!
From my spouse’s Harwick-Bush family, whose German surnames became Anglicized soon after they arrived in Penn’s Woods in the late 1700s and early 1800s, we wish you Fröhliche Weihnachten!
On behalf of my spouse’s Spangler family who left their Prussian homeland in 1727 bound for the New World and his Kenney kin who came from Ireland in the early 1700s, this holiday season we wish you “walls for the wind and a roof for the rain and drinks beside the fire, laughter to cheer you and those you love near you and all that your heart may desire.”
Finally, speaking for my spouse’s Caimi-Culatina clan, who escaped rising fascism in Northern Italy for the promise of America in the 1920s, may you and your loved ones have un felice e sano anno nuovo.