Wednesday, December 23, 2015

An Old Fashioned Christmas!

Christmas never leaves my heart.
I can share fond memories of years when I was a small child,
of an old fashioned Christmas.  
Can we still make that happen?
It's time for the Schmidt gathering 2015!
You know how it is...
You've prepared and planned for months.
In my heart and mind I'm ready.
That last day, you check everything once more,
a quick vacuum and a quick mop.
I asked myself why?  But that's just what I do!

The outside is prepared as John blows off those last fall leaves.
The hay bales are laid around the fire pit.
Praying that the rain holds off....get the tarps out.
Keeping our fingers crossed...

And the rains held off and we had an old fashioned Christmas.
Hot apple cider, mulled wine and Christmas melodies of Michael Buble'
Young and old enjoyed a crisp evening,
reminiscing around the warmth of the fire.

Ah, the Schmidts know how to cook and to eat.
From beans, to dips, to salads, to chips, to grapes,
and Naniamo bars, and fresh home made buns,
and platters of baked goodies and a  large bowl of chocolate truffle.
This event could not happen with out "Licorice/Allsorts"
Our father always made sure that was part of Christmas.
Oops, we forgot the Halvah!

Then there's always some who love to steal the show...
We welcomed Holly our new little puppy.
Brandy and Dave feasting at the bean pot.

How do we crowd everyone in?  It keeps getting bigger and bigger.  
You just keep cramming 37 bodies into spaces, nooks and crannies,
and the finale is always squishing into one room where we 
share through tears and laughter as we take time to reflect over the past year.
Somehow it doesn't matter, as we are all woven together
and that's what matters most.

And then the drum roll, the moment that they've all been waiting for....
 The final outcome of the 'Annual Schmidt Weather Prediction.'
Yes, trophy and all...Last year's winner was Kenny Martens.
While this year's  Elsie Schmidt took the trophy home.
Yes, people asked if it was rigged?
There's always a fierce Schmidt competition.
There's always some walking away with a sulking face.

And memories linger on as they chat into the wee hours of the night.

And So This is Christmas.....
is fading in the background.

Wishing you a Joyous Season!


  1. What a marvelous gathering you had Marg. And way to go! to you and John for opening your home and making it so welcoming to your family. From the pictures and your telling, your goal of making it an old fashioned Christmas was fully realized, to the enjoyment of everyone attending.

  2. Just fabulous Marg! The food looks so good and the decor is perfect. It's nice that you all make the effort to get together! What!? No halvah!? It's been a few years since I've had some...

  3. It looks like the kind of evening that will not soon be forgotten. I'm glad the weather held out for you! So Elsie holds the 'weather forecaster of the year' title? Good for her!

  4. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Oh what a wonderful gathering! The food and special touches in your decor all look fabulous Marg. Isn't it funny - the last minute things we always do before the guests arrive? The farmer always feels like he needs to wash the car and truck??? I run around refreshing the greens and filling the bowls with nuts and treats and make sure the bathroom looks presentable. Weird!

  6. I can see why the family loves to gather at your place Marg! You create such a fun family experience with food, creative fun and the perfect surroundings to enjoy it all in.


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