By Roz Kohls
COKATO, MN Madonna Wyze of Cokato is the 2008 Christmas profile. Her first name, Madonna, is Italian and means “my lady,” a respectful term used to refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The name “Madonna” is most often used in sculptures and paintings of Mary with the infant Jesus in Nativity scenes.
When Madonna’s husband, John, heard she had been selected for the Christmas profile, he said he and their two sons, “the Wyze Men,” could have been Christmas profiles also.
Madonna is the health information and staff coordinator for both Brookridge Assisted Living and Heritage Place, a facility for dementia patients in Cokato. John is a welder at Tetra Pak of Winsted.
They have three children. Tanner, 15, and Dana, 14, attend Dassel-Cokato High School. Their oldest son, Stewart, has graduated, and works at Dura Supreme in Howard Lake.
Here are Madonna’s Christmas favorites:
Favorite Christmas movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Favorite Christmas carol: “Silent Night.”
Favorite Christmas food: Homemade poppy-seed strudel.
Favorite Christmas decoration: Snowmen.
Favorite Christmas candy: Candy cane.
Favorite Christmas activity: Eating.
Favorite Christmas clothing: Red blouse and black slacks.
Favorite Christmas color: Blue.
Favorite Christmas memory: The first Christmas I had a real Christmas tree. When I was growing up, we either had an artificial tree or a three-foot tree standing on a desk.
We bought the tree from Tom Thumb in Howard Lake in 1994. We lived in Howard Lake then, and the children were small.
Most surprising Christmas gift: My husband gave me a necklace with a pendant containing a small emerald. “I wasn’t expecting that at all.”
Favorite Christmas church service: When I was in high school, the entire family went to a Christmas Eve service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England, which is in southwest North Dakota. It was rare for the entire family, all brothers and sisters and both parents, to be together for a Christmas service at the same time.
Most amusing Christmas: The Christmas dinner when we had a “Griswold” turkey.
In the movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” the Griswold family had a horribly overdone roast turkey.
We often have our Christmas turkey cooked on the barbecue. It’s just as good as roasting in an oven, and faster. However, one Christmas I overcooked it. When we cut into the turkey, it fell apart.