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A Gretzky family Christmas

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A Gretzky family Christmas

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The Great Dad, Walter Gretzky, shares his family's holiday traditions, Christmas dinner favourites, and his enthusiastic support of Christmas Seals. How does the Gretzky family celebrate Christmas? "We all get together on Christmas Day," says Gretzky, who is, of course, father to hockey hero Wayne as well as sons Keith, Glen and Brent and daughter Kim, plus he's a proud grandfather. [caption id="attachment_2291" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Walter Gretzky, who is the Canadian Christmas Seals Ambassador for 2010, shows off the design for this year's seal."]Walter Gretzky Christmas Seals[/caption]

"All the kids start opening their presents, wondering what Grandpa brought them and what their mom and dad brought them. And we have the big dinner here at the house where all the family members get together, so that's pretty nice."

On the menu for Christmas dinner "I like cabbage rolls like my mother used to always make. We never, ever had Christmas with out perogies and cabbage rolls. Always, always, always," says Gretzky, who enjoys the traditional fare of his parents who were both Belarusian immigrants. Christmas Seals Christmas Seals, which benefit the Lung Association, are a big part of the holidays for everyone's favourite hockey dad. Gretzky is Canadian Christmas Seals Ambassador for 2010, a campaign that supports The Lung Association. Walter’s interest in lung health stems back to 2005, when he lost his wife, Phyllis, to lung cancer. "Christmas Seals are very special to me. The Lung Association is very special to me because I no longer have Mrs. Gretzky. She is gone now because of lung disease," says Mr. Gretzky. "We're trying to raise money for research for lung disease so no one else loses a family member. I've lost a number of them already — my wife and my mother-in-law — both to lung disease." What's on his wish list? "I'd just like to have health and happiness for everyone. I hope next year will be as fabulous as this year was," he says. You can support the Christmas Seals campaign here.
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