Merry Christmas: A Real Ted Talks Again
A few days ago was my birthday, 4 days before Christmas. To be honest, I woke up a little on the weepy side, something that seems to be common for me around this time of year. I love the festivities, family, food and celebrating the coming of Jesus as a baby boy. Remembering my own sweet baby boys, I feel a mom-of-boys kinship with Mary.
But for me the holiday season also often has an underlying layer of sadness.
Am I the only one?
Maybe it’s the memories of people who are no longer with us or another year of prayers that still haven’t been answered to my liking, or a feeling of reality never measuring up to the hype.
This is embarrassing for me to put on paper because I know how very blessed I am, but if I’m feeling it, I may as well own it. And if you feel a tiny bit sad, too, let’s join hands and hearts and walk one another out of the Christmas funk. I will slather myself with the oil of JOY, one of my favs, and begin to focus on gratitude and counting my blessings.
Karen and I are so fortunate to have both of our parents with us, aren’t we? I treasure the videos I have of my grandmas and aunts who have passed on, so I’m trying to take more videos of my mom and dad and of Mary, Brad’s mom. I’m sharing a couple of those videos with you today. (Our dad offered some life lessons: A Real Ted Talks)
Here is my dad, Ted, with a bit of a Christmas message and reading the Christmas story. He will soon have 88 Christmas mornings under his belt. The little noises you hear in the background are my mom dusting!
Sidebar: I earned an F in video editing, but I love the laughter at the beginning and have no idea how to edit out the comment at the end. Ignore it, please!
Dad’s Christmas Message to you, dear reader………
And now the Christmas story……
From Mom’s Recipe Box
My mom is a great cook, as I’m sure many of you can attest. For 39 years, she prepared a huge dinner almost every Sunday, and there was always room and enough food for unexpected guests around the table. We laughed, discussed politics, shared stories and generally, built a strong relationship around that antique table with multiple homemade leaves, stretched out to seat a bunch of people.
My plan was to share several of her Christmas cookie recipes with you as a download, but mom can’t remember where they are since she quit making them a few years ago, and I didn’t have time to look for them this week. I’ll add finding them to my project list for 2018.
So, no cookie recipe, but here is a FABULOUS, DECADENT salad/dessert that I bet money you will LOVE. My mother-in-law makes it too, so if we are lucky we might get to enjoy it a couple of times each year.
Alice’s Grape Salad
2 pounds grapes, (a mix of red and green is pretty, can even add more and still have enough dressing)
Mix together: 8 oz cream cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 t. Milk Add grapes.
Topping: 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1 c. chopped pecans, 2 T. melted butter Mix together and spread on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool and crumble and put on salad right before serving.
Dear reader, I am so thankful that you take the time to visit A Vintage Farmwife. I enjoy sharing with you and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever.
And just in case you are wondering, I had a very happy birthday, filled with time spent with special people and counting my blessings!