Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Blogs of Christmas - Grandma's Simple Christmas (Day 7)

It's the 7th day of the the 12 blogs of Christmas, which means we have M.L. Gardner up to bat.

Grandmas Simple Christmas

When I was young I remember spending more than one holiday season at my grandmothers house. I remember long evenings with homemade cookies, lots of chocolate pudding and watching claymation Christmas specials under blankets that she crocheted. What I dont remember is the hustle and bustle holiday madness that I experienced later in life. After I grew up and began the planning, cooking and shopping for my family, it quickly became a headache laced chore to get everything done, not to mention the stress and worry of financially pulling off a perfect Christmas. Im not sure whether I am just more susceptible to the stress or if its truly gotten out of hand for all of us. What I do know is that it steals the joy and peace of the season from my family and I. As each year passed, my family noticed that I decorated a little less, baked a little less, basically did a little less of everything so I could fit it all in. And worst of all, I was glad when it was all over, and I could take a rest. I dont ever remember my grandmother being glad Christmas was over. In fact, she was a little sad as she put away the decorations and the blue and white china nativity set that I now own. More…

M. L. Gardner Bio

M. L. Gardner is the bestselling author of the 1929 series. Gardner is frugal to a fault, preserving the old ways of living by canning, cooking from scratch, and woodworking. Nostalgic stories from her grandmothers life during the Great Depression inspired Gardner to write the 1929 seriesas well as her own research into the Roarin Twenties. She has authored eight books, two novellas, and one book of short stories. Gardner is married with three kids and three cats. She resides in northern Utah. www.mlgardnerbooks.com


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