Traditions Old & New, From Our Family to You

At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit that we say … thank you and best wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year.

With modern families in mind, below is our collection of seasonal traditions from your FPS team. May you feel inspired to create new traditions, blessed to celebrate old traditions, and cherished by all throughout the year. Happy memory-making, from our family to yours.

~ Forester Purcell Stowell PC
Family Law Attorneys

Dressed in pajamas, MATT and family hit the road with hot chocolate in hand for their annual tour of the neighborhood light shows. Check out this guide to the best-lit homes.

KEELEY and her two sisters enjoyed a childhood tradition of decorating a Barbie-themed tree. FPS will be handling B’s prenup with Ken should he ever put a ring on it since rekindling their relationship in 2011.

NEIL and his wife opt for a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration with home-fired pizza using his custom dough and sauce. They are still perfecting mozzarella from scratch, though. Salute!

JAMIE and family have special time with Santa during their annual holiday brunch cruise in the San Francisco Bay. He likes the seafood tower, we hear.

Though Melissa’s parents divorced when she was young, they gather together as co-parents every Christmas morning ~ a holiday ritual MELISSA cherishes and shares with her own clients working toward a new normal for their families.

MICHELLE Stowell and extended family gather for baklava this time of year. What’s her secret ingredient? Get the recipe.

MEGAN whips up her grandma’s gourmet fudge every year. Do you like your chocolate white, dark, milk, with nuts or without?

Whether you graduated from college, got your braces removed, or adopted a rescue pet, JENN will capture the moment with a unique ornament marking the year and milestone.

Please, Christmas don’t be laaaaateThis holiday classic always plays first in MICHELLE Cerini’s home while the tree gets decorated.

ANDREA fondly recalls her family’s couch-caroling days, complete with songsheets prepared by mom.

KRISTEN won’t miss her mom’s signature karaoke night. Or will she?

DORINDA eagerly awaits the arrival of Jack Elf, who’s been helping Santa keep a watchful eye on her son for many years. Jack Elf can get a bit naughty at times, having once been caught writing on the bathroom mirror with toothpaste. The struggle is real.

Believe. SIERRA does. Milk and cookies for Mr. Claus are customary, of course. And her two littles will definitely be tracking his sleigh.

Speaking of cookies, MACKENZIE gift-boxes up hundreds of them each year, side-by-side with her dad and his devotion to grandma’s secret recipes.

Thank you to all who supported our “Teen Gift Drive” benefiting WEAVE’s Holiday Shoppe for their clients. You donated a trunkload of surprises sure to brighten the season for dozens of women, men, and children in need of a safe, fun and special holiday.

FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC  is a Northern California law firm focused exclusively on specialized counsel for complex divorce and family law issues. The firm’s founders are recognized by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as Certified Family Law Specialists and regularly represent business owners, professionals, and other high net worth individuals (or their spouses) in divorce, premarital agreements, and related actions. The legal team can be reached at or 916 293 4000. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @law_fps 
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