Holiday Traditions: Our Take

The Lake Country Mom team is bringing you our favorite moments and traditions this holiday season. Stay tuned for the full series.

Tara shares her story of tradition.

In 1943 my grandmother boarded a train for Texas. It was cold and the train was packed it took her 2 days to arrive at her destination. Little did she know that what she was doing would shape our families holidays forever. See my grandfather was stationed in Texas for the US Army, during WWII. As my grandmother boarded that train she brought along a permission slip from my grandfathers mother, so they could be married on Christmas Eve.

My grandfather was only 17 years old and my grandma 18 so in order to be married he needed his parents approval. Since as early as I could remember, we would celebrate their anniversary every Christmas Eve. We would always go out for Chinese, and back then that was the only restaurant open. Reading our horoscopes on the placemat and the fortune cookies are reminders of Christmas to me.

Hearing my grandparents love story has been a treasure that I hold close to my heart every holiday. Although we still get together on Christmas Eve it is never the same without the two people that shaped my holidays. My grandfather has since passed and my grandmother can’t be transported as easily.

This would have been their 76th wedding anniversary which is the best gift you can have at the holidays, love…

Happy Holidays,
Tara Lou

What are some of your traditions?


Hello, Lake Country Mom readers, I am Tara Lou a Dairyland Girl from the amazing town of Mukwonago. With the support of my husband Dave, I am pursuing my dream as a small business owner. After 12 years of co-owning a furniture refinishing company with my father we decided it was time sell so I could start a family.After a short time there was a large demand from old clients. So I reopened a refinishing company right in my home which is now known as Tara Lou Designs.  I choose to start slow with my new venture and purse the joy of parenthood.

I am raising two wonderfully unique children, expanding my love for dogs and build my chicken empire that neighboring raccoons eat for snacks. In 2015 was the birth of my blog. The subject is DIY, with a special focus on the environment.  We live in a world of waste and I have been trying to play my role by showing others that not everything has to be tossed.

I am environmentally conscious when it comes to my business as well. Buying locally made paints, or buying leftover paint from local cabinet refinishers, reusing hardware, and salvaging all kinds of furniture from landfill demise.When I am not getting dusty in the shop, I am writing, gardening, foraging, hiking, backpacking, hunting, all with my little tribe.  I am blown away by the support of my local community and I am excited to expand my passion of writing for The Lake Country Mom.

We love you, Lake Country!

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