Fritz family plays shuffle board to mark the holidays
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Christmas time for Dan Fritz of the Brussels area is one of tradition and family – and even a little shuffleboard.
Fritz is the co-chair of the Brussels Homecoming Committee, a celebration of the village turning 150 in 2022. He is serving alongside Mike Thomas, the other co-chair of the event.
He says his Christmas celebrations were pretty traditional, which included rising early on Christmas morning to open gifts with his family. There was always some travel as well to see family, which isn’t an overly complicated task for the Fritz side of the family, all of whom live on the same road. The Kellington side, he said, is all over the place, so that would require a few more kilometres on the family vehicle.
And while Fritz was up early on Christmas morning, he says they were always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve.
Stuck in his mind over the years have been a few gifts of hockey tickets, which he remembers fondly.
Now, as he’s grown older, Christmas celebrations have changed a bit, to include relaxing with some beverages with some of his extended family and even a shuffleboard tournament in recent years.
Fritz says that while he has yet to win the illustrious tournament, he has made it to the finals a few times.
He says that Christmas in the Brussels area is special for him. He says there is a real community spirit in the village and a feeling that spreads throughout the area.