My aunt and godmother, Joanne Kerkhoff Schunder, wrote this wonderful memory of the Joe and Ada Kerkhoff Christmas tradition. What makes this story even more wonderful, spectacular and poignant for me is knowing that they both lost their fathers at Christmastime. Ada Meyer was only 6 1/2 years old when her father died on December 29, 1903. And Joe Kerkhoff was 8 1/2 when his daddy died on Christmas Day, 1905. And even with these tragedies and heartaches, they still made sure that their children's Christmases were magical.