Favorite Holiday Traditions
The holiday season always reminds me of special family memories growing up in Iowa. I was fortunate to have a large and closely knit extended family. Every Christmas Eve we celebrated with around 40 of my first cousins from my dad’s side of the family, complete with a visit from Santa! The next day, we all went to my mom’s family farm and we continued to celebrate the miracle of Christmas with plenty of family, food and fun!
As I got older, the holidays meant coming home from college and spending time with my parents, my four brothers and my childhood friends. Every once in a while, we even celebrated an Iowa Hawkeyes Rose Bowl victory! Another fond memory was going through all the holiday cards sent to our family. By reading these cards, I was able to catch up on the lives of friends and family that I missed while away at school.
Presently the holidays have a deeper, more profound meaning. I am thankful for my awesome husband — which means even more extended family, a great circle of friends, the blessing of good health and a fulfilling job working with the amazing people of the Postal Service. It never ceases to amaze me the great work our employees do all year round. We impact the lives of every household and business — an awesome purpose and responsibility! The peak season definitely brings out the best in each person and what we do as a team to make extra special connections happen for people around the country and around the world.
I am proud to be a postal employee and a part of the United States Postal Service, an organization of more than 600,000 dedicated employees. My thanks to everyone on the USPS team for doing your part to make this season so special for everyone and for our customers.
Jacqueline Krage Strako, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President