It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…

24 Dec

December 24, 2010

Well, the Norad Santa tracker is telling us that Santa has reached Fuji, Japan. We’re ready and waiting for his arrival in Grayslake, IL. Bobby has asked just about every day if he’s been good but he’s also explained to me that he doesn’t have to be good all the time, he just has to try his best. Quite an interesting loophole.

December has been wonderful. I got through my 5th chemo with the expected results and just like clockwork, my tastebuds and energy returned about 10 days later. Just in time for me to enjoy all the holiday fun.

The first event of December was the Lake Forest Woman’s Club Holiday Luncheon. I was given the opportunity by my friend Kathy Schmidt to make Christmas dolls which were displayed and sold.

For all of the Project Runway fans out there, here I am with Peach Carr as she looked at my dolls! Her designs were adorable and so was she! It was quite exciting!

And here I am with Kathy Schmidt… a truly lovely and incredible lady. She’s my angel! (And before I got married, I was Cathy Schmidt too. See, we were meant to become friends!)

The Pioneer Press was there.  Keep reading… they talk about me towards the end!,trend-merrymistle-122310-s1.article

The Lake Forest Woman’s Club hosted its “Merry Mistletoe” holiday luncheon Dec. 14 at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. The luncheon featured a fashion show, silent auction, raffle, and a holiday stocking-stuffer boutique.  The Lake Forest Woman’s Club has been a part of the community for 108 years.

The fashion show–which featured daughters of club members as models–began with Peach Carr of “Project Runway” fame exhibiting her most recent creations. Her line of tennis wear is designed to transition to evening wear.

Ellen Stirling of the Lake Forest Shop also presented fashion — both daytime and formal party wear. Stirling shared her advice and humor with members of the club throughout the show.

Neiman Marcus capped off the show with a presentation of fur coats.

The holiday boutique featured jewelry, stationery, decorative items for the home and dolls created by cancer survivor Cathy Liginski.

The club commissioned Liginski to make dolls specifically to sell at the luncheon. But after she had committed to making the dolls, she was diagnosed with a second bout of breast cancer. Liginski initially thought that she wouldn’t be able to complete the assignment during her cancer fight, but, she said, “the process brought me joy and brought me to this day.”

One of the dolls that Liginski has created is named the Pink Ribbon Beauty, and she donates the proceeds of the sales of the doll to breast cancer research.

Santa arrived during the lunch to draw the raffle and silent auction winners. Prizes included a helicopter ride over downtown Chicago.

Proceeds from the luncheon supported the club’s scholarship fund. Amy Fog of Round Lake Beach and Karen DeMaio of Brookfield, two students enrolled in the Trinity Teach program at Trinity University, were awarded scholarships at the event.

At this year’s luncheon, several Club members were joined by their daughters and granddaughters. The granddaughters, called Merry Mistletoe Girls, were dressed in matching holiday dresses and served as greeters and raffle helpers.
Below is the video as Kathy spoke to group, telling them the story of our friendship. I felt so honored standing next to her, and so thankful for that moment we first met!

Celebrations continued…

We had our annual Liginski family parties…

Second grade classroom party…

All-school holiday sing…

Holiday lunch with Grandma Fern and Grandpa Bill… I forgot my camera 😦

And our annual Kim and Chrissy holiday get-together where we ended up dancing and eating huge amounts of mexican food and black forest cake.

Chrissy summed up the evening perfectly in an email note to us:

We had a good time on Sunday!…… and for the time we were all dancing around the living room and singing no one had cancer and the world was wonderful!

What beautiful words. Isn’t that what the holiday season should feel like!?

It has indeed been a wonderful December filled with friends, family, love, and fun. I couldn’t have asked for more.

A Merry Christmas to all… and may all your holiday wishes come true!



6 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…”

  1. Rebecca December 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    How wonderful ~ The ladies are beautiful and so are you! A joyous and Merry Christmas to you and your family Cathy!
    We too are already keeping track of Santa….hope he is really, really good to you guys!
    Hugs ~ Rebecca

  2. Silvia December 25, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Thank you, Cathy. May you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas and I am sure the New Year will bring much more happiness!

    Take care,


  3. Noreen December 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas Cathy! Our family wishes yours a year
    filled with dancing and cake.

  4. Fawn December 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Have a Happy New Year!! Before you know it you’ll be rubbing elbows with all the celebs in Utah….

  5. Marsha December 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I knew you could do the dolls for the luncheon. They look great. I am thrilled to be able to have commissioned you to make many for me. A happy and HEALTHY 2011. Your card was beautiful.


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