December 2019
Unusual Holiday Traditions

It's that time of year again when many of us are busy enjoying the holiday season with shopping, writing out holiday cards, attending parties, and planning food-filled festive gatherings with family and friends.

Me? I'm preparing for a very different holiday tradition. Soon I'll head northwest, leaving my digs in Old Town, to spend a few days with my parents in Libertyville, where I was raised. When I arrive I'll be greeted with -- here's where the tradition comes in -- news of this year's Kreitman Family Project.

My parents are always involved in a home project. There was the year they renovated their kitchen. And the one when they turned an office into another bedroom. So many memories! I don't know what this year's project is, but I know what follows it: The clean up. That's the second part of the tradition because every year, yours truly jumps in to help.

I have a favorite new "tradition" as well: being part of Lane & Lane's year-round dedication to do right by our clients. I've been experiencing it every month since I joined the firm in April and expect to enjoy it for a long time to come.

From all of us at Lane & Lane, we wish you a wonderful holiday season, filled with traditions you love. And, of course, we hope you enjoy this month's newsletter!
Nick Kreitman
Associate Attorney
312-332-1400 - office
A Marine's Christmas Poem
This poem is credited to a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. His request at the time was for it to be circulated to as many people as possible to give credit to our U.S. service men and women for our ability to celebrate Christmas.
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
I knew I had found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping silent alone
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
I realized the families that I saw that night
Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon ‘round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don’t cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
And we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night
This guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night!"
Lane & Lane Partners with Make-A-Wish Illinois
Earlier this month, part of the Lane & Lane team volunteered to create cards for "wish kids" -- the children who receive services from Make-A-Wish -- to wish them well for their upcoming trips that fulfill their wishes.

"Our entire staff was thoroughly energized by our experience, and everyone came away inspired by the courage of the children. The small part we played in helping these incredibly special kids realize their dreams was so much more than rewarding. To have injected even a moment of happiness in the kids’ lives was hugely satisfying for all of us," said Stephen Lane, Managing Partner of Lane & Lane. 

The activity was organized in connection with the International Society of Primerus Law Firms' Global Day of Service. Lane & Lane is one of a select number of firms throughout the world to belong to Primerus.
Bar None... "The Bar Show" Was a Success
Earlier this month, the Chicago Bar Association presented its annual event, The Bar Show -- a musical comedy revue parodying local and national political, sports, and showbiz figures. This year's production, "For Lying Out Loud!," featured Lane & Lane founder Fred Lane (his 65th performance!) along with Kellie Snyder, Lane & Lane associate attorney. (Kellie is pictured below.)
"Many of life's failures are people who did not
realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Thomas A. Edison
Safe Holiday Shopping
While you’re running around buying gifts, decorating your house, visiting friends, and enjoying holiday cheer, safety is probably the last thing on your mind. But the holidays are also the most wonderful time of the year for criminals. Whether you’re at the mall, navigating parking lots, or at home, you need to take precautions against holiday crime.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, thieves can pickpocket, shoplift, or break into cars and houses and not even be noticed. Stores open early and close late, so shoppers are sometimes bleary-eyed or distracted. Plus, thieves know that police are overloaded during the holiday season and they try to take full advantage of that. 

Here are a few suggestions for ensuring your safety while shopping:

  • Try to shop during the day. If you must go out at night, don’t go alone
  • Dress casually and avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Carry a security travel pouch instead of a purse or wallet
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash
  • Make sure you have your drivers’ license with you at all times
  • Don’t buy more than you can carry and don't leave items visible in your car

How to Shop Safely From Home

Think you’re completely safe when you're shopping online from your computer, tablet or smartphone? Think again. Cybercrime is always a concern and especially around the holidays. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is; even more so if it’s coming from a website you’ve never heard of.

To ensure a site is legitimate, look for a closed padlock on your web browser's address bar or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address that begins with shttp or https — this indicates that the buying session between the company's web server and your device browser is encrypted or secured.

Other tips:

  • Always protect your personal information. Delete emails with links or sensitive information and make sure your passwords are protected and not easy to guess.
  • Inspect the privacy policy of any site you visit. Before you buy, find out how your information will be stored and used.
  • Keep a paper trail of all of your purchases. Save records of your online transactions, check your credit card statements for any unauthorized charges and immediately report any discrepancies to your bank.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!
The Official Matzo Bash 2019 is a two hour party with cocktails and appetizers and DJ dance music. Dec. 24. Held at Joy District in the River North area.

The Harlem Globetrotters perform incredible ball-handling, trick shots and comedy at Allstate Arena. Dec. 26-27.

The Polar Express is a one-hour round-trip train ride through downtown Chicago, from Union Station. Thru December 29.

Christkindlmarket market featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German food choirs, and carolers. Free. Until Dec. 24 - Daley Plaza and Dec. 31 - Wrigleyville.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Thru Dec. 24 - Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Thru Dec. 29 - Goodman Theatre.
ComedySportz, two teams of comedians compete for the audience's laughs. For all ages. CSz Theater Chicago. Thru Dec 30.

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo features millions of holiday lights, ice carving, music, carousel and train rides, good and gift shopping. Thru January 5. Free. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light features trees decorated to represent many different cultures and ethnic song-and-dance performances. Museum of Science & Industry. Thru Jan.5.

Lightscape is an after-dark, one-mile illuminated path at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Thru Jan. 5.

Winter WonderFest with music, skating, rides and entertainment. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Thru Jan 12.
New Year's Celebrations
In addition to the events shown below, OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus and celebrations on New Year's Eve.
Ballroom Blitz New Year's Eve Party includes open bar, appetizers, pasta and desserts, champaign, a cover band and DJ music. Swissôtel. 21+.

New Year's Eve Monte Carlo black tie affair features gaming tables, open bar, food stations, DJ music and a champagne toast at ROOF on theWit.

Rock 'Til The Drop includes a cocktail reception, appetizer buffet, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and sweets, DJ music, midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast. Hard Rock Cafe. 21+.

Prohibition New Year's Eve features DJ music, an open bar, food, and a complimentary champagne toast. Morgan Manufacturing.

New Year's Eve on the Lake includes appetizers, a champagne toast, aerialists, balloon drop and a few of the Navy Pier fireworks at midnight. Theater on the Lake. 21+.

Brew Year's Eve features craft beers from 10 breweries along with cocktails, wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Architectural Artifacts. 21+. Casual dress.

New Year's Eve 5K begins and ends at Theater on the Lake in Lincoln Park and is followed by a post-race celebration.
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