Yesterday our family traveled to THE LODGE. Its a huge family tradition, my fathers family has been doing this since I was a little girl.
EVERY DECEMBER 27TH THE WHOLE FAMILY, EXTENDED, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD COUSINS ETC. GET TOGETHER
My dad and his siblings rent out a huge, I’m talking huge place and they all travel there. And on the 27th they have the annual Christmas dinner/ Santa/Slide show/ Talent Show. Some people go for just the dinner and a day of sledding / ice skating other people stay the whole week. We are faithful to going, its important to me that we go and see everyone, my kids have always been very good about it. Family travels from all over to get here. Florida, Pennsylvania , Indiana, where ever you might be living at the time, you usually try to make the LODGE. Some years there is a huge turn out, 80 plus people.
Theres always new family news, someones pregnant, engaged, divorcing. etc. Theres alway a group of teens, just hanging out playing pool, pingpong, and lots of crafts and card games. In the back of the lodge are bedrooms, its like a huge circle of bedrooms filled with bunkbed. So the place and house can sleep a ton of quest.
The property is huge also, and has a nice big hill to sled down. And a pond down the hill for ice skating. My mom brings her skis for cross country skiing.
Theres a nice dinner, with a tables lined up to house the whole crew. My uncle ( my dads oldest brother) always makes family announcements, updates the family of everyones exciting news. Then theres dinner. We are in charge of a potato dish, I bring my famous “CHEESY POTATOES” I make 2 huge trays of them, and they are gone.
Santa will visit, Yes another Santa visit, ( usually one of the uncles, my dad alot) . Lots of singing and guitar playing. Then the annual slide show, sometimes a picture of you in your teens might come on the screen, or a old boyfriend who you dragged along to the lodge, or my kids as babies. Its all so fun.
THE BIG JOKE IN THE FAMILY IS…………. THE CURSE OF THE LODGE……………………………….
THE FAMILY BELIEVE THAT ONCE SOMEONE BRINGS A BOYFRIEND TO THE LODGE, THEY WILL EITHER BE TOGETHER FOREVER OR AFTER SEEING ALL THISAMAZING, FUN, CRAZY,FAMILY , THEY ARE OUT OF THERE AND BREAK UP SHORTLY AFTER. LOL
family pictures from the amazing evening
GREAT TURN OUT OF FAMILY, LOTS OF MEMORIES MADE, THATS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT! LOVE THEM
EXHAUSTED…..GOODNITE TO ALL XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOX