Everything was in place. An elaborate manger scene and a marvelous Christmas tree were set up with care. There were roaring fires, hot cider, roast beef, turkey and gingerbread houses. There were joyful hearts ready to burst out in song. In all, over 300 local supporters and friends would come in joyful expectation of the coming of the Christ Child at 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 19.
The crowded halls of the stately 1911 Glatfelter mansion were filled with Christmas greetings and conversation as people came from all over to be together on this occasion. The American TFP was especially happy to welcome local clergy, friends and neighbors to this event which is fast becoming a tradition and marked on many a calendar.
Visitors also toured the grounds and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Building where the TFP offices are located. There were displays, door raffles and other activities.
However, the most important activity was the opportunity of simply being together on the eve of this great feast. Conversations filled the rooms among friends old and new. A highlight of this conviviality was the singing of Christmas carols to the accompaniment of keyboard and brass and flute. In these neo-pagan days, it is with great joy that so many can come together to celebrate with true Christmas spirit the coming of the Christ Child.