December 25, 1983

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1983

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1983

Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? In one week Santa will be here and the Van Schaacks of Tarzana are expecting a visit from Lee, Linda, Dena and Nathan very shortly. Tom, Dana Adam and Natalie Stamos had their visit with grandparents over the Thanksgiving holidays and will be visiting with Stamos’ relatives in Ohio at Christmastime. 1983 has

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December 25, 1982

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1982

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1982

1982 has been a bright and shining year. Introduced into the Van Schaack, III family in September was little Nathan James. Proud parents Linda and Lee, plus sister Dena Marie, are all ver happy. They are keeping warm fires burning in the Colorado Rockies as they look forward to 1983. Linda has been Mommying as she teaches Dena her great

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December 25, 1981

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1981

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1981

CHRISTMAS 1981 – is almost upon us — what beautiful memories of Christmases past we hold so dear. “We’re making a Gingerbread Man, Grandma, and lots of cookies too….and for my happy birthday Mommy bought me a cake decoration with a honey bee, a bee comb and flowers, too.” Yes, Dena Marie Van Schaack will be three just after she

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December 25, 1980

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1980

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1980

1980 has flown by! Once again globe trotting set in as Chris, Jim and Joyce found themselves visiting relatives and friends in Indiana, Michign and Colorado last July. In Southern Indiana they enjoyed the Brewer’s new home amidst the trees, along with the hospitality of the Brewers, Robinsons, Hamblens and Barnes. Then they jetted off to the Republican National Convention

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December 25, 1979

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1979

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1979

1979 has been a truly blessed year, as two new babies arrived, Dena Marie Van Schaack, January and Adam Michael Stamos, June 11th. Dena is beautiful little girl with her Dad’s brown eyes, and her Mother’s beautiful nose and smile. She has two teeth appearing, and is already taking steps. Little Adam looks like his Dad, Tom, with dark brown

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December 25, 1978

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1978

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1978

1978 has been an historical year for the Van Schaacks! As teaching ended in February, Joyce and Jim retreated to Santa Barbara for a week’s rest. There, to their surpise, they found the Santa Barbara Presidio, dating to the 1700s, being excavated. Jim’s Nikon was quickly put to use. After the Presidio came the missions in the area, filmed for

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December 25, 1976

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1976

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1976

At the close of our bicentennial year we once again thank our dear Lord for our blessings. Lee and Linda are in their cozy nest in Telluride, but alas — no snow for the resorters and the ice on the lakes is not frozen solid enough to skate! The kids bought a bus and are rebuilding it into a recreational

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December 25, 1975

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1975

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1975

It’s that magical time of the year as the smell of pine fills the air. It’s time to bake Christmas goodies; listen to carols; trim the tree and snoop through the presents; to do the last minute shopping and enjoy the sparkle and glisten of lights. It’s time to set out the stockings, the glass of milk and cookies for

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December 25, 1974

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1974

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1974

OUR YEAR IN TARZANA HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL ONE.—BELLS WERE RINGING ON NOVEMBER 25th AS JIM AND I CELEBRATED OUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY. WE WERE MOST HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE OUR LEE AND LINDA’S ENGAGEMENT; WEDDING BELLS WILL BE RINGING SOON!’ Chris, 14 and nearly 5’10”, is in his last year of Jr. High. He has been accepted in a Science Honors

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December 25, 1973

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1973

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1973

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: We have so much to be thankful for in the Van Schaack’s home in Tarzana. Jim and I enjoyed the gala opening of the Broadway Plaza Department Store in November, which Jim and his great staff designed. It’s the first major department store built in downtown Los Angeles in fifty years. It

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December 25, 1972

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1972

Van Schaack Christmas Letter 1972

This has been an exciting year at the Van Schaack’s home tn Tarzana, Calif. Our Lee has been living away from home for some time, and is learning the restaurant business from the bottom up and he hopes to open a business with his lovely Linda Renfro, a great little gal and a top surfer, also living in San Clemente.

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