Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Visions of Caramel Apples Danced in their heads!!!

As the magical season of Christmas approaches, we prepare for the festivities in a flurry of holiday baking, list making, decorating, and dragging out the tub with all of the VCR tapes of the old traditional Christmas movies. I never get tired of the Grinch or Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Our Granddaughter, who was 4 at the time, memorized " Twas the night before Christmas" complete with sound effects and action, a priceless video, I can watch again and again. Even though we recognize the true reason for the celebration of Christmas, as the introduction of Jesus, the son of God into this world, we enjoy the gift of sharing time with our friends and family, as we take a pause in our hectic farm life. The Farmer and I aren't into fancy gifts, or lots of trappings, as we use this occasion as an opportunity to call together our children, no excuses, for a family get together. For as long as I can remember, the farmer has been called in to the fire station at the last minute for duty on Christmas, as no one else will accept the request for extra time. We understand that there are young firemen, new to the job, that have small children, and as we had our time when Rocky was new to the battalion, he wholeheartedly troops to the fire station.We will quietly celebrate Christmas when he returns home, and I will regale him with family updates as we sit at the table, eating leftovers from the shindig he missed the day before. The family still assembles, and without him, we engage in food and fun, catching up on the goings on of everyones life. The highlight of our festivities is several rousing rounds of BINGO. Each round has a winner, and each winner gets a prize. These prizes are the most sought after of all of the presents of the holiday season. Just ask our Daughter in Law, Amy who waited all year for a Topsy Turban, or our Son in Law Todd, who is still wondering what to do with a pair of gloves that are both left handed! Our sons Chris and Eric and still  begrudging our son Brandon, winning the nose hair sissors. I spend all year long in search of just the right Bingo gifts, in bargain bins everywhere,  it is nice to know they are so appreciated. Our market is open this week , MARKET HOURS: Thurs, fri, and Sat. from noon until 4:00 pm. We still have some holiday treats in the market, honey, preserves, baked goods, and lots of Tomatoes! As I have lots of orders for Holiday gift baskets, tomorrow, Wed. is the last day to order, so that they will be ready by next week. We will be open next week on Thurs. Dec 23, and will close until Jan.6 . The cow milk supply is plenty, the goat milk supply is meager. Call ahead for availability, as we are trying to make sure everyone gets at least, some. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!

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