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A Grimm family Christmas


Memories are being gathered as you read ...

¬... ¬...¬...Here at La Grimm Ranchero, we hope you are able to enjoy this special time of the year.¬...

The missus takes Christmas seriously. Something washes over her in November and she begins to glow with Christmas anticipation. ¬...She begins decorating around the house, baking, and watching Christmas movies. I usually surrender to her seasonal cheerfulness by gaining weight and bordering on diabetes from her baking. ¬...

We place ourselves beyond what is safe and secure from all alarm. ¬...

Over the years, our family has increased in size and distance, so it has been a number of years since we’ve had a houseful.

Most years, it’s been just¬...the missus and I staring at the tree, fighting over the TV remote, stuffing our faces with her baking delights, and seeing who’s going to nod off first, succumbing to that seasonal sugar coma. But not this year! ¬...

This year we both are in the full throes of Christmas. Our home has thrown all caution out the windows, as for the first time in history all eight grandchildren have arrived from Tennessee and California.

We’ve thrown out any concept imaginable of space, as even a bathroom door lock is being challenged. Since our eight grandchildren are seven boys and one girl, it’s gonna be f-u-n! Our fridge door has swung open so many times, the light is growing dim.

Each grandchild will be lovingly stuffed with Grandma’s sugar-laden, icing-slathered, candy-sprinkled, chocolate-kissed, nut-infused, M&M’s-encrusted cookies of mountainous proportions. We’ve made enough pancakes, scrambled enough eggs, fried enough bacon, served enough bowls of cereal, and prepared enough meals and snacks to fuel a small circus.

The missus has once again established herself as the circus master. There have been so many territorial arguments over invaded spaces that the United Nations could take tips on negotiations. We’ve got grandchildren sleeping on every couch, strategically stacked in various parts of the floor on air mattresses, and parents sleeping in the “spare” bedrooms.

Yep, by the time you read this, I will have thrown out my back, and calmly musing from behind the couch will be a distant memory. ¬...

This is in no way a complaint or as much as a whine. It is merely stating the throes of creating sweet lasting memories with the missus and grandchildren.

So you’ll understand if I don’t write again until next year, right? Until then, I’m hoping you had a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

And I’m loving every minute of sweet chaos.

(Remember: Without Christ, it ain’t Christmas.)

Warning: These musings may be serious or may be humorous. Enjoy! H.R. Grimm is a self-described lovable, prone to blunt, witty, tending toward sarcastic, saved-by-grace, constantly thinking storyteller. Grimm, a military veteran, and his wife now call La Vernia home. Email

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