Merry Christmas Wisconsin!

What a year! It’s Christmas Eve and I am home waiting for H. It will just be the two of us and the glue this year. I’m not gonna lie the toughest part about today for me was setting the table.

Cheers and Merry Christmas Wisconsin

Tradition is such a big part of my family’s life, as I’m sure yours. Christmas Eve is a traditional dinner: tenderloin, twice baked potatoes, and seven layer salad. As kids we shared in the holiday toast with champagne glasses, our glasses just had cherry soda in them. The holiday evening was a BIG deal. My mom is the queen of a beautiful table. Getting out the china and silver is always a big deal for me.

I’d help her iron the table cloth, make sure the napkins where folded right, and then help set the table scape. It was always a blast. She always collected glass wear. Now I do too. Two years ago I invested in new Christmas china that has the story of Santa and I made sure to have enough for the entire family. As I get it out to wash this year I find myself unbearably sad. So much so that I set an entire table just for the two of us. I couldn’t bring myself to set just two spots. We can use half the table tonight and the other half tomorrow. Well that’s what I told myself as I washed crystal goblets. Just because it’s just us, doesn’t mean it should be any less special.

The house smells grand. The potatoes are done and the salad is in the fridge. The table is prepped. The Christmas music has been blasting all day. I spent an hour on a three way call with my godson and my mom. What a treat.

My Grandmother Arlene’s famous seven layer salad!

I hope this finds you all enjoying a little downtime and appreciating all you have. Even though I am down in the dumps due to the size of our celebrations, I am thankful for everything we have especially our health. Our family is healthy and we even have a new addition this year. Mr Kellen is the cutest little Heindl alive. We have some serious blessings to be thankful for. I even started planning the menu for next year already! As we tip toe into 2021 I pray for us all.

May God bless you and keep you and may his face shine upon you and bring you peace!

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