It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

7 Dec

 

Wow, what a time I’ve had!  Celebrating my 90th birthday was a week-long affair, with parties and radio shows and good food and great friends.  Thank you all for your birthday greetings and well wishes.  I caught up with friends I haven’t seen in a long time and others I see nearly every day.  And, I was blessed to see my entire family over the weekend – three children, 10 grand children and six great-grand children.  We’re quite a crew when we all get together.  That much partying can be exhausting.

Last week I shared my recipe for longevity; I have a passion for work, I’m open to learning new things, I’m active and I have faith in God.  It’s a simple recipe and one I continue to live by each day.  God has graced me with much, and I do all I can to share my blessings with those at work and at home.

All week long, people asked if I was surprised to reach 90.  Maybe not so much surprised as amazed.  None of us get a roadmap when we’re born.  My life has twisted and turned in many directions.  Tiny and I worked hard building our business, raising a family and developing the community of Frankenmuth.  We were not certain how anything would unfold.  Today, I am amazed at my life, what we have been able to accomplish, the success we’ve had in business and the joy our children have brought me.  My life is fabulous beyond my wildest dreams.  I thank Tiny, I thank God, and I thank the millions of people who’ve shared a meal with us.

The other question I was asked frequently — “What’s next?”  Well, that answer is simple:  Get back to work.  We are in the midst of our busiest (and my favorite) season – Christmas.  After serving 4,500 guests on Thanksgiving, we are full steam ahead at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge, Castle Shops and River Place through the New Year.

I’m back in the kitchen planning menus, overseeing quality, teaching new employees and enjoying every minute of it.  My health is good and I’m energized.

Frankenmuth is a national treasure, especially during the holidays.  Recently, our little berg was featured in both Midwest Living and Time Magazines – that’s good for business.

Midwest Magazine ran a story called “The 12 Reasons to Visit Frankenmuth, Michigan”

(http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/destination/michigan/frankenmuth/).

The article – perhaps a play on the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” listed many of my favorite things, including the Frankenmuth River Place Shops – managed by my grandson Michael.  Also on the list, Lorenz Lutheran Church, brew pubs and candy makers, and the Castle Museum.

Time magazine named Frankenmuth one of the nine “Most Christmassy Towns in America.”

(http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2099452_2099450_2099866,00.html)

Yes, even at 90, I get a very sentimental feeling at Christmas.  The season fills my heart with joy.

I’m sure your family, like ours, has some time-honored traditions you practice during the holidays.  Because the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is open Christmas Day from noon until 7:00 p.m. our family celebrates the night before.  We close the restaurant at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, allowing all our team members to spend the evening with their families.  Our family gathers together at one home for a big pot luck dinner.  Everyone brings a dish to pass, from time-honored favorites to new recipes.  Then we have a white-elephant exchange.  There’s passing and stealing and chaos and laughter, and generally the time goes by far too quickly.

Before you know it, it’s time for bed, church in the morning, and back to work to host our guests.  It is an honor to share our Christmas with you.

Please share your favorite holiday memories and traditions.  I love to see what my readers write and I enjoy learning something new from you each week.

Auf Wiedersehen – until I see you next week!

3 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

  1. brenda December 8, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    I love frankenmuth at christmas time and all year long! My husband and i were married at the bavarian inn lodge in may 2009. such a wonderful place for celebration. as for christmas tradition. my family all spends the day at my mothers house. we also do a potluck dinner and we have a name drawing to exchange gifts. there is always a suspicously wrapped gag gift for someone—sometimes for everyone! this is always loads of good hearted laughs!!!! would’nt be christmas without it!!!!! its great to be with family!!!! Merry Christmas and Blessed Healthy New Year Dorothy!!!!!

  2. Debsgreatfinds Kwek December 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Wow 90 thats wonderful Happy Birthday! we hope to come up sometime this month take care 🙂

  3. Jean Coward December 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Wow, 90 years of age and still a lovely vibrant woman. My husband and I have been coming to Frankenmuth since 1985 most of our visits at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. We are coming again tomorrow for four nights.

    I have your cookbook and enjoyed making my favourites from the restaurant. We always have the ivory jel and all purpose flavouring in the cupboard.

    Enjoy the holidays with your family and thank you for the great food at the restaurant.

    Jean Coward

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