My mom's family met this evening for our traditional Christmas gathering. As usual, there were LOTS of people, half of them under the age of 12. Mom's family is from Holland and the only Dutch tradition that they kept when they immigrated was the making and eating of oleykuken, a fried fritter studded with apples and raisins and dusted in powdered sugar. We make them every year at Christmas and they are fabulous! Rachel got her first taste of oleykuken and loved it. Santa Claus stopped by for a visit. Katherine was the first kid to sit on his lap, but Rachel was terrified. She didn't even want to be in the same room as Santa. She was happy to open her gift from St. Nick though, and was thrilled with her "Melmo" doll and book.