Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Celebrations

It's been a busy 24 hours at our house! Last night, we went to my mother's extended family Christmas gathering. As always, we crammed 40-some people into a house and spent the evening chatting, stuffing ourselves, and trying to avoid the roving hordes of kids underfoot. Just a typical gathering!

There were all sorts of finger foods and multiple batches of the fried fritters that are the only Dutch tradition my immigrant family chose to keep.
They are quite delicious, although you inevitably end up with powdered sugar down your front!
My cousin's baby, Korra, made her extended family debut and was the star of the night.

Santa has been coming to this Christmas gathering for generations. The current Santa also brings Mrs. Santa. She talks to the children and reads them a story, while Santa ho-ho-hos and pats his belly every time cookies are mentioned. The adults enjoy Santa's arrival as much as the kids.
And all the kids must sit on Santa's lap, especially if they think they're too big.
This gathering is an integral part of my own childhood Christmas memories, a constant in our year no matter where we were living. I am so grateful to pass on the tradition to my own girls.

(On a side note, Rachel was a little disappointed in the KC and the Sunshine Band CD that Santa brought her last night. But this morning, I stepped out of the shower to find Shake Your Booty blasting from the stereo and Rae shaking hers for all it was worth while grinning from ear to ear. Sometimes Santa knows what you need, even if you don't realize it!)

This morning was the children's Christmas program at church.
I feel a bit guilty, but for the first time ever, I had nothing to do with the pageant. I dropped the girls off at rehearsals and that's it. But the girls were just fine. Katherine had a speaking part and Rachel sang every word and did every action.
The program was terrific - sweet and simple and the kids knew every word.
Merry Christmas!

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