Each year, for the past 29 years that we have been married, my husband takes up residency in his hunting cabin about 45 minutes away. He use to stay for 6 weeks but now it is only a total of 4 weeks. This escape from civilization begins the week prior to buck gun season. He is a dedicated hunter. He does come home for Thanksgiving dinner and then once a week to re-stock on food and wash his clothes.
The hunting season becomes my time to create the holiday home for our family. I make lots and lots of lists to begin with. I am a micro manager of myself with lists.
I decorate the house, upstairs and down, as well as outside. This year I had some assistance from 2 grandsons with stringing lights in the bushes and creating their North Pole in the woods.
I do all of the Christmas shopping and wrapping. We have a blended family of 8 children, their spouses and 13 grandchildren. We only buy gifts for the grandchildren with such a big family, but we fix a large meal and celebrate time together as a family. We also play some games, so I make sure there are prizes for these.
I fill the stockings with care.
I send out the Christmas cards.
I bake a lot of cookies. This week I baked 46 dozen of various kinds, 16 dozen of the cookies were the sugar cookies I decorate. I like to make cookie trays for my family to take home after our Christmas party.
I also made peanut butter fudge and Chex Mix. The remainder of the baking and cooking I have to do a day or 2 before our party but getting the cookies done ahead is a big help.
I grocery shop at several different stores for the food and this is one of the most tiring jobs I feel that I do.
I enjoy watching the Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies while I am doing all of my activities .
This has been my routine all of these years while Grandpa Bob is away and I hope to continue it for many years to come. Since I am retired this year, I did get to work in a lunch with a friend and a couple of other holiday activities.
I have heard Bob tell his friends that it always feels so good to come home after hunting because it feels like I have transformed our home into a Christmas wonderland.
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