My grandma Norma started the tradition, when I was just a baby, of getting all of the grandchildren together for a Christmas dinner, program and visit from Santa. The same Santa has come see us every year for almost 4o years, but we found out that this year will be his last visit. It's hard to think of our Santa not being a part of the tradition anymore. My grandma passed away 6 years ago and he was one part of the holiday that made it feel like she was still here.
Grandma Norma and Santa
My kids sitting on Santa's lapThe Anderson family has grown since we first started this tradition from the 16 grandchildren and my aunts and uncles to about 80 of us.
My mom hosts this family party every year and this is how we fit everyone in her home for dinner and the Christmas program--
Earlier in the day Jack, Ryan and Hadley played in their piano Christmas recital and all did really well! Next time we just need to remember to have Ryan spit out his gum before his turn.