Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Gathering

My mother comes from a big extended family and they all get together at Christmas time. Last night was the annual event. My uncle and aunt hosted and over 60 cousins and kids showed up.
Rachel loves this gathering for the social opportunities that it brings. There were around 20 kids there and she wanted to play with each and every one. She wanted to skip dinner to play, so she and her dad had words!
Katherine, on the other hand, loves this gathering for the food. Everyone brings snacks and Kate tried them all. My great grandparents and their six children left Holland for North America 100 years ago. Once they were in America, they gave up all of their Dutch customs except one. Oleykoek. This is an apple and raisin studded fritter, fried in oil and tossed in powdered sugar, that is made only at Christmas. It is messy and unhealthy and tastes heavenly! My Chinese children are more than happy to honor their Dutch roots if it involves sugared doughnuts!

Katherine was trying to figure out who all of the people milling around were. She knew my aunts and uncles and my cousins and their children, but who were the rest. It was only when I explained that the little boy across the room was Granny's cousins' cousin's grandson that I noticed just how "extended" my family is!
Santa has been coming to this Christmas gathering since before I was born. This year he brought Mrs. Santa, too! She read the kids a story and made little comments about Santa's yearly weight gain from eating too many cookies. She suggested that the kids set out carrots for Santa this year! Santa just smiled and handed out presents.
Like my girls, I always look forward to this gathering. I love the food and the fellowship and the tradition. And I love the big, loud, confusing wonder of family.


1 comment:


I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters

Sisters

Sisters
Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way