Christmas at the Cottage Tweet 26th December 201326/12/13 Amy's Blog Amy Hanten 0 Comments It’s tradition. Every year on Dec. 23rd we load up the car and head north to spend Christmas at our cottage in Northern Michigan. It’s never easy getting Bob away from the office and getting the kids, who love to sleep in, all packed up and ready to go. Then there’s trying to fit all of our stuff and the Christmas presents in the car. Yikes! But, we did it! And, WOW is it gorgeous up here! Talk about a white Christmas! I can’t remember a Christmas with this much snow and it just keeps coming! I was born in Petoskey, Michigan and my family has been coming here for years. There’s just something about Christmas in a small town. There’s no mall. No traffic. The downtown looks so pretty all decked out for the holidays. After picking up a few groceries, Ireland said she really wanted to get a Christmas tree. We left a big, beautiful Christmas tree behind at home in Green Bay but, every year Ireland says it doesn’t feel like Christmas without a tree at the cottage. Bob just can’t say no. So, off we went to cut down our tree on Christmas Eve. This seems to be a tradition too! Luckily we don’t have to go far. There’s a tree farm right near the cottage. We’ve been getting a tree from John Bosma’s tree farm for it seems like forever. And, believe it or not we weren’t the only people getting a tree on Christmas Eve. Yes, there were a few other folks there too. John gives us a saw and we’re off. Agreeing on the perfect tree is always a challenge. This year it didn’t take long. We found it! John gave it a good shake and bundled it up and we headed home to get it up and in the stand. Now, it was time to get ready for Christmas Eve Mass. After a beautiful mass and a delicious dinner it was time to string the lights and decorate the tree. We all help. The Christmas tunes are on. It’s so fun! This year all the lights worked! That’s a first! LOL! I guess Ireland is right! There’s just something so special about a Christmas tree! We’ll be here through the New Year skiing, snowmobiling, and enjoying family and friends. That’s why we love it here! Time to relax, enjoy and do the little stuff! And, there’s always something good cooking in my kitchen too! You can follow our holiday vacation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday week too! Share Your Secrets[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] ×Cooking Community - Share Your Recipe Recipe Title Ingredient List Directions Other Notes (optional) Recipe Category (choose 1 or 2) Breakfast & Brunch Sandwiches Appetizers Soups Salads Sides Casseroles Slow Cooker Dinner Desserts Drinks Please attach a photo of your recipe. (Maximum file size: 5 MB. Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png. Images should be at least 700 pixels wide for best display.) [honeypot email-976] [dynamichidden* dynamichidden-username "CF7_get_current_user"] [dynamichidden* dynamichidden-email "CF7_get_current_user key='user_email'"] Δ ×Cooking Community - Share Your Java Blog Blog Title Content Please attach a photo of your recipe. (Maximum file size: 5 MB. Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png. Images should be at least 700 pixels wide for best display.) [honeypot hunt-349] Δ ×Book Club Choice Your Name Your Email Book Title Description/Notes [honeypot cantseethis] [anr_nocaptcha g-recaptcha-response] Δ × This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work! Please upgrade today!