I would like to tell you that here at Mentink Manor, we experience the picture perfect, Martha Stewart Christmas. I’d like to tell you that...but I’d be lying. Here in my cozy home, we have two teenage bear cubs coming and going. Add to that a naughty terrier, a crusty box turtle and a schedule that will boggle the mind and you’re beginning to get the picture. So let me just take a moment to share my top three Mentink Christmas factoids.
#1) Our tree is weird. It’s artificial, the same one next to which Papa Bear proposed to me some twenty three years ago. It’s sentimental...but it’s not pretty. As a matter of fact, it’s got a decided lean to the left. We don’t put on the rear branches because it takes up too much room, so it’s a little...um...unnatural looking. Add to that the fact that we only put ornaments on the top half because Junie the Terrier has been known to eat ornaments and the Jesus candle, and you get an idea. Not pretty....but the source of many Christmas memories.
#2) If you’re a friend of mine, you’re getting one cent stamps for Christmas, and the wrapping isn’t going to be grand. I’ll just let this video explain how I happen to come into possession of 20,000 one cent stamps. http://bit.ly/2AjWA6e
#3) Watch out for appliance crashes. Making Christmas Eve pizza is a tradition here at Mentink Manor and we go all out. Papa Bear makes the dough in a bread machine while we’re at church. You know what we learned? That bread machines wiggle...they do this shimmy thing and even at times launch themselves off the kitchen counter. Uh huh. Bye bye bread machine and hello therapist for the traumatized dog.
So you see, we don’t have the picture perfect Christmas here at Mentink Manor, but our home is filled with love, fur, frolic and faith and that’s the most important thing, don’t you think? God bless you and your family, all!