25th Annual Christmas Open House
What makes a small group in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, a rival to the White House’s Christmas celebration?
Both have carols, entertainment, tasty treats and (of course) a roaring fireplace.
But there is a noticeable difference in the warm, familiar atmosphere when the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) keeps the coming of Christ with around 350 local friends and supports at its headquarters for its 25th Christmas Open House.
Volunteers of the organization made sure the spirit of Christmas was felt everywhere, from the carols foretelling the Savior’s advent to the bright greenery covering the century-old Glatfelter mansion with new life.
Friends could be found chatting with one another over a warm glass of home-made apple cider; others were entertained by a cheerful band performance by TFP volunteers and students of the St. Louis de Montfort Academy, a boy’s boarding school run by the same organization.
The crown of the event was the Nativity scene, which was never found without a pious guest or family paying respect to the Infant King in the lowly manger.