Thursday, January 5, 2012

Postcards: Christmas in the Heartland

Christmas was a little different this year.  I didn't bake cookies, put up a tree or send holiday cards.  The week before was spent in sunny Mexico, where it was all pina coladas and xtabentun, but not so much Feliz Navidad. Don't get me wrong; going low-key on the holiday planning and prepping this year suited me just fine. But by the time Christmas Eve rolled around, I was really looking forward to being at home and cozy in Michigan, where the family traditions more or less stay the same.

Where the only china we use is red, with little green trees on it.

And the daily menu reads:

Breakfast ... Egg casserole
Lunch...Leftover casserole
Dinner...Green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cheesy potato casserole.

I could go on, but you get the gist.

Santa comes not once, but twice: on December 25 & 26

Anise flavored candy cane, holly leaf, and star-shaped cookies are served
alongside decorated butterflies, scottie dogs, and apples.

And everyone dons their trees with these lovely, hand-made
ornaments by Grandma.

On a side note, Grandma's ornaments were featured this holiday season at Trend 440 in Monroe, Michigan. I'm so proud of her - at 87, she is still making beautiful things and seeking out new challenges. To build her brand, I enlisted the help of my very talented friend B and together we designed a logo specially for Grandma. I had it made into a stamp for her to try out on Christmas Day.

"Made with love in Erie, Michigan by Betty Mae Smith"

Here's to taking a cue from Grandma, and filling 2012 with creativity, generosity and fearlessness.

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