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Off the Editor’s Desk – 1-1-2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and was served up with all the traditional Christmas food. Our family has always gathered on Christmas Eve with the main meal being meatballs and lutefisk. This year was no exception.

 Twenty people, plus two dogs, filled our home Christmas Eve for those two delightful dishes plus a large ham and all the trimmings including Paula’s homemade lefse. There is only a few of us still around that enjoy the taste of the fish.

Paula made the Lutefisk by baking it, but I remember as a youngster going to my maternal grandparents’ home in Hersey for Christmas Eve and the lutefisk being boiled in a bag on Grandma’s stove. You could smell it as you exited the car. My two uncles told Grandma to throw the water used to boil the fish under the porch to keep the skunks away.

After the large meal we exchanged gifts and then enjoyed some of Donald Klatt’s homemade ice cream with either Missy’s strawberry or raspberry topping.

We were blessed with having our three sons and their family home for the holidays, but missing from this year’s celebration of Christ’s birth at our home was Paula’s brother, Allen and his wife Paulette, who are wintering in Florida and their daughter Erin and her husband Bill and family who live in Indianapolis and our oldest grandchild, Krisha whose job prevented her from coming up from Madison. But the good news is that she called to inform Grandma that she is engaged.

As the snow started to fall and a couple of inches had accumulated, I returned Aunt Barb to her home in Spring Valley before the roads got too bad and I had concerns for niece Jenny and her husband Dan on their trip back to Minnesota.

Even with our large old home, it was necessary for the grandsons to sleep on air mattress on the floor Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning I made pancakes and bacon for breakfast and then we opened gifts, took pictures and then it was time for the kids to go to their in-laws to visit and all too soon it was over, as Paula and I stood and looked at each other in the empty house. The kids will still be visiting throughout the weekend before heading back to their homes.

I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year and have safe travels.

Thanks for reading.

— Carlton