– Charlene Haber
Love, Joy & The Spirit of Giving
Photo Credit: Cindy McCrory, Blue Room Photography
Christmas has always held a special place in my heart, and even after 29 years without her, it’s a season where I feel my mother’s presence all around. One cherished tradition that keeps her spirit alive is baking with my family. This cherished tradition, weaving together the legacies of my mother and Mrs. Haber, my mother-in-law, is a joy I now experience alongside my sister-in-law, Cindy Haber, and our families. From my daughters to my in-laws, from nieces, nephews, grandkids, to even grand nieces and nephews, everyone participates in this treasured family custom. Using time-honored family recipes, many of which were mom’s or Mrs. Haber’s, we lovingly bake yummy homemade treats for our loved ones.
Every year, as we decorate and begin our Christmas baking, I am reminded of my mother’s love and her passion for this season. I am also reminded of Mrs. Haber’s love for baking and how it brought joy to her and our family. These traditions are not just a part of our Christmas celebration, they are a part of who we are as a family, and I am so grateful to be able to share them with our friends, family, and community.
I absolutely love to have both of our restaurants (Wolf Bay) and my home decorated big time! My friend and interior designer, Brandice Griffin (Interiors by Brandice), helps make them absolutely perfect. Every room gets a splash of Christmas spirit, turning them into warm, cozy, and inviting spaces. I want every person who walks through our doors to feel loved and to catch the festive spirit. And you wouldn’t believe how the decor seems to grow and grow…..this year I believe Brandice decorated more than 20 Christmas trees between both places!