Pig Roasts and Friendly Competitions
While some politicians spend the holiday season strategizing and working, others take the time to enjoy cherished Christmas traditions. Representative Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., indulges in a Cuban tradition of roasting a pig on Christmas Eve. He even went as far as pardoning the animals during his time as mayor of Miami-Dade County. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., and his family engage in a competitive game of hockey, a sport close to Emmer’s heart. The tradition culminates in the awarding of an MVP trophy. This year will be extra special as Emmer’s grandson receives his first pair of skates.
Decking the Halls and Quality Family Time
Representative Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, finds joy in transforming her home into a festive wonderland for Christmas. She starts decorating as soon as Thanksgiving is over and boasts an impressive Nutcracker collection passed down from her mother. Republican Study Committee Chairman Kevin Hern, R-Okla., values the simple pleasure of spending time with his children and grandchildren during the holiday season. Similarly, Representative Greg Pence, R-Ind., along with his brothers, nephews, and former Vice President Mike Pence, gather each year for a special dinner on December 21.