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The Daly family Photo by Joshua Huston

A happy, high-energy holiday season

This family has hustle — and lots to do! — this time of year, but they still find a way to be together.

Holiday Card Contest 2021: You know those families in minivan commercials? That’s the Dalys. 

Angela, a paraeducator in Edmonds, and Reg, who works at AT&T when he’s not coaching his kids’ soccer teams (Team Extreme and the Ruby Bingos), juggle some wild schedules for their kids. Third-grader Claire does dance and gymnastics; sixth-grader Grace plays volleyball, basketball and trumpet; and seventh-grader Max loves mountain biking, saxophone and flute. And oldest son Sean and Goldendoodle Scotty recently moved to Seattle to be closer to the family. 

Yeah, this family’s got hustle. 

“Truth be told, I need to get out of the four walls of my house,” says Angela, relatably. “I get ants in my pants.” The Dalys explore the best Christmas lights (a recent favorite: Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park) and sip hot cocoa while they watch lighted boats glide across Lake Washington. 

Closer to home, in Brier, they pop on Santa hats and deliver cookies to their neighbors – also their sometime adversaries. “We had to do a gingerbread house battle with our neighbors,” says Angela. Reg shakes his head about the house. “It was a ginger-fail.” 

Grace decorates cookies while Max hits the local sledding hill (when possible), and Claire decides which gift she’ll open on Christmas Eve. 

Christmas Day finds Angela, Reg, Sean, Max, Grace, Claire, Grandma and Scotty at home, watching Elf or White Christmas, and eating a ”roast beast” for dinner. 

The secret to a perfect Daly Christmas? “Just being together,” says Angela. Adds Reg, “Just being close. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Dalys were photographed as part of Seattle’s Child’s 2021 Holiday Card Contest.

See the other Holiday Card Contest winners in the November/December 2021 issue and online!

Nov/Dec cover teaser

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About the Author

Katie Anthony

Katie Anthony writes about feminism and family at KatyKatiKate. She lives outside Seattle with her husband and two sons.