Christmas seems like weeks ago but I still need to write a blog post about this year’s holiday – if for no other reason than knowing that I will want to go back and read about it next year.
On Christmas Eve we had our usual gathering of family and friends at our home. I served my traditional buffet which includes some Swedish treats along with a baked ham, mac ‘n cheese, and finger sandwiches. There were lots of cookies, too.
Dale read Twas the Night Before Christmas, as he always does.
And we had 3 out of 4 kids in attendance. That’s not bad but we really miss Brant, Heather and Ambrynn at Christmas time.
On Christmas morning the kids all came back to open gifts. We ate shrimp and swapped presents and played with new toys.
And on Christmas afternoon Dale, Hannah and I headed to his brother Randy’s log cabin in the woods for Christmas dinner. It’s only about 1/2 mile behind our house but it feels like light years away from our little suburban town.
We took the dogs for a walk down Randy’s snowy road. I commented more than once that I felt like we were the Waltons but I meant it in a very good way.
When we came back to the house Randy’s wife Mary was setting out snacks for us. She made these frozen bowls for the shrimp and cocktail sauce – she’s a clever one, my sister-in-law.
It wasn’t long before we all sat down to a delicious dinner of grilled striped bass and venison, wild rice, squash casserole, and an absolutely wonderful green bean casserole from Martha Stewart Living. Before dinner Mary made me read the lyrics to the song I posted here last week and we mostly all got through it without crying.
Over dessert (I made chocolate cream pie) my father-in-law shared stories that made us all laugh and cry. It was such an enjoyable evening! The setting, the food, the family, the sharing and laughing and enjoying – it was just as I hoped it would be.
I highly recommend Christmas with family, in a log cabin, if you can manage it.