Mom revels in holiday traditions
Taylor Lindstrom, a real estate broker for Prudential Rubloff since 1999, is a Wilmette resident who values holiday traditions and volunteerism. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Real estate broker Taylor Lindstrom, of Wilmette, is a mom of two. Claire, 17, a New Trier High School senior, and Henry, 15, is a freshman. Raised through high school on a farm in rural southern Minnesota, Taylor grew up with Swedish culture, which she has mixed into her own North Shore holiday traditions over the last 15 years When she’s not working or being a mom, you can find her volunteering in the community, or engaging in her hobbies of golf, tennis, skiing, Niyama hot yoga and Daily Method classes.
Q. What are your children active in at school?
A. Claire is a dancer in the Kinesis Dance company and a harpist in the symphony orchestra at New Trier. She also is a dance teacher at the Lehman School of Dance in Northfield. She plans on attending the University of Iowa next fall. Henry is on the New Trier golf team and plays volleyball with the Adversity travel team.
Q. Any special holiday traditions?
A. Claire and I have been going to tea at the Drake and then the Joffrey Nutcracker ballet for over 15 years. We also have a wonderful Chestnut Avenue tradition – The Lighting of the Luminaries on Christmas Eve. We host the neighbors at our driveway with a bonfire, Swedish Glogg, hot cocoa and spritz cookies. Mrs. O’Shaughnessy brings her red wagon to cart the bags of luminaries down the block. Everyone helps fill the bags with sand and lights the candles and places two to three in front of everybody’s home. We light up the street so Santa can find our street and stop here first.
Q. Is there a favorite family holiday dish?
A. I grew up with many Swedish traditions – grandma Olga’s lefsa and her butter spritz cookies. We always make Swedish pancakes with lingonberries on Christmas morning.
Q. Talk about your volunteerism.
A. I serve on the board of The Juvenile Protective Association and the New Trier Fine Arts Board. My grandfather was fond of saying, “The more you give, the more you receive” I truly believe that. My career affords me a unique mix of personal contacts and professional challenges. The Juvenile Protective Association is very dear to my heart. The families that they serve touch me in deep meaningful ways. Knowing that our gifts and time can change their lives forever is the most rewarding blessing I can think of.
Q. Why is Wilmette such a special community?
A. I think it is the people. Even in this privileged North Shore community, I believe that the people of Wilmette are grounded and down to earth. I have seen and witnessed so much kindness, generosity, support, fun, and sincerity in the friends, neighbors and clients that I have met over the past 15 years in Wilmette.
Q. How can one person change the world?
A. One person can not. Random acts of kindness will change the world, we all can make a difference.
Q. What’s your wish for the New Year?
A. A change in our feelings is a change in our destiny. I have that on my laptop screen saver, with a photo at Millennium Park with the lighted brick wall and my daughter and three of her friends standing against it spelling out “LOVE” in body poses. ~.