On December 17, around 300 local supporters, friends and neighbors of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) met at the group’s national headquarters in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania for its annual Christmas Open House.
This year’s open house was especially privileged by the presence of His Highness Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza, who will be spending this Christmas with the American TFP.
Visitors hoped the event would provide an ambience imbued with the true spirit of Christmas that puts Christ in the center. Their expectations were fulfilled. Highlights of the program included Christmas carols – both sung and played by the brass section of the TFP’s Holy Choirs of Angels marching band, – eggnog, hot cider, Christmas stories told by TFP volunteers dressed up as the three Magi Kings, an assortment of holiday foods and hourly tours of the property. Statues of the Child Jesus, gift baskets, fruitcakes and CDs of Christmas stories, were raffled off every hour.
Most of the program was at the TFP headquarters’ historic main house, built in 1911. The building was specially decorated for the event with a 9-foot Christmas tree, evergreen garlands and an intricately decorated Nativity Scene with pieces from Europe.
Lively conversation was everywhere. It was an opportunity for old friends and new to find the true Christmas spirit, that is to wait with joyful expectation for the coming of the Christ Child, Who finds so many souls closed to Him in today’s world.