Nearly 300 attended the annual Christmas Open House held at the national headquarters of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania on December 18.
The atmosphere of the event reflected a true joy in celebrating the spirit of Christmas together. The American TFP offered its guests refreshments that added to the already lively convivium. The sound of conversation and music filled the house as people crowded the halls and rooms of the stately 1911 mansion. There was a steady stream coming and going through the room that served the hors d’oeuvres. New guests spoke with TFP volunteers and become acquainted with the headquarters; other guests renewed friendships and holiday cheer. The American TFP was especially honored to receive His Imperial and Royal Highness, Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza from Brazil who joined in the festivities.
One particular treat was a German gingerbread village and given away house-by-house in a raffle held throughout the event. When it seemed as if there could be no more treats, Saint Nicholas arrived in an unexpected visit to give even more delights to the young children. He told them stories and handed out presents carrying on the tradition of this great saint known for his generosity.
As in years past, all sang Christmas carols in one of the main rooms to the accompaniment of keyboard, brass and violin. An intricately decorated Nativity Scene dominated one of the main rooms. It was an opportunity for old friends and new to celebrate with true Christmas spirit the coming of the Christ Child, Who finds so many souls closed to Him in today’s world.