December 30, 2013
This year we spent Christmas Day at Grandma Bontrager’s house with many of our wonderful relatives.
Even with some missing, there were almost 50 of us- what a party!  We ate in Grandma’s garage.  In case you care to know, the menu was turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, dressing, salad, bread, banana pudding, and pie.
The food was served buffet style.
There was plenty of conversation to go with the food.
The children’s table.
Taylor, Logan, and Jarret 
Rhoda and me
little girlies- Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Annika, and Rebecca
I believe Mitchell was contemplating the wisdom of three slices of pie.:)  
There was plenty of pie, with lots of different kinds to choose from.  Grandma makes good pecan pie, her custard is amazing, you gotta try her pumpkin…..and on and on.:)  
The afternoon of Christmas Day at Grandma’s is for relaxing.  
There were games:
Some of us talked alot- some of us live far apart and this is a chance to catch up with each other’s lives!
Hannah, yours truly, Naomi, Mary, and Rhoda
Siblings: Hannah, Naomi, Micah, Dorcas, and Rhoda.  And no, that is not in age order.:)
Chels and Brooklyn
Mother with little Josiah- he’s at such a fun stage, and he has the cutest had of blond hair!
Some of the younger boys have a tradition of playing football- in Grandma’s basement.:)
A few of us seemed to be a little behind on sleep.:)
Eli, Leah, Danelle, Brooklyn, and Rebecca
In the evening we enjoyed a tremendously yummy spread of all sorts of appetizers.  
the end.


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  1. Hi Anonymous-
    It is just a choice they've made because they want to wear a covering on their heads. It's something many Mennonites do.

  2. Sounds like bunches of fun memories were made. =) Christmas Eve found us with most of our cousins/extended fam and I can definitely relate to the crazy, memorable, vibrant joy of everyone back together again. =) Blessings!

  3. Hi Allison! Great post!
    so I'm totally curious…you said in one of your other comments, "It is just a choice they've made because they want to wear a covering on their heads. It's something many Mennonites do." I remember you saying one time that some of your extended family was Mennonite…but I don't see "Mennonite" as the jean skirts, cute belts, and trendy outfits they're wearing, so I'm just wondering if Mennonites are different now or if that is different family you're talking about?
    Forgive me if I'm prying too much 🙂

  4. Hi Jenny!
    No problem- I'm happy to answer your questions. Actually, Mennonite is a very broad denomination. There are many different kinds of Baptists, etc, and the same is true with Mennonites. There are more conservative Mennonites who wear dresses, bigger head coverings, and such, and that is probably the type you are familiar with. There are a little less conservative ones, too (like you mentioned), who still choose to wear the veiling, but wear skirts and a little less conservative clothes. There are also Mennonites who wear jeans, don't wear coverings, etc. We have relatives who are all types.
    Hopefully that made sense.:)
    Happy New Year!

  5. Yes that totally makes sense. 🙂 I was only familiar with the "Rod & Staff" type of Mennonites (if you are familiar with their school curriculum, etc.). That's interesting that there is variety in their denomination as well!
    Happy New Year to the Bontragers!!!!

  6. So about the mennonite comment, are some of your family amish too or just mennonite? I thought I recalled that your moms side of the family was amish?!? Sorry if this too personal, you dont have to post if it is.

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