Hershey Christmas Brunch – Part 3

Saturday Morning, December 23 – After the meal: visiting, games, and decorating gingerbread men

Jake visiting with great-grandma

Children in the gym

Benny, Lincoln, Elyse, Neil, Clair and a twin (I think Iris)


Roy and Josiah

Diane and Katie

Mike, Jake, and John

Steve, Tristan and Nancy

Dot and Chris

Melissa, Kristen, Kevin, Jere and Jason

Jamie and Ashlea

Deb, Jason, Sarah and Grandma Hershey

Nancy, Clair and Roy

Josh and Grandpa. Josh arrived after another Christmas breakfast – for his job.

Steve, Kevin, Dale and Kelci

Hope and Bella

Kylee and Miranda

Decorating gingerbread men

Elyse, Lucy, Lincoln, Heidi, Lindsey (hidden) and Bella

Lincoln, Elyse, Heidi, Lindsey, Bella, Emma, and Madelynn



Bella, Emma, Kate (Emma and Madelynn’s mother), Madelynn

Abby and Anthony


Abby and Anthony playing carpet ball

Vince and Hudson

Josiah and David

One of the ten-month-old twins with her momma – Jess.

Lucy enjoyed watching her try to walk,

Oh, what a fabulous morning. I hope I got all the names correct. 🙂

Hershey Christmas Brunch – Part 2

Saturday Morning, December 23 – Featuring the meal

The pictures were taken without flash – thus the soft focus on most of them. Flash can be quite bothersome when a lot of pictures are being taken.

Laura and Amy in the foreground helping their children.

A hot dip and mac and cheese.

Crackers and dip

Biscuits, creamed dry beef and quiche.

My oldest brother Dale talking to our sister, Nancy. Benny and Laura (with Hope on her back.

Becca helping Abe

Molly at the waffle bar

David and Hudson with Grandma Brenda.

Anthony checking out the yogurt parfait.

Ian putting syrup on his waffle

Lincoln making a waffle

He couldn’t close the lid so got a boost from his dad – Neil

Lincoln and Neil waiting for the light to come on while Jesse prepares to make a waffle

Deb with one of Rob and Jess’ twins. I think it may be Isla. While Roy photobombs the photo.

Chris and Josiah with Jeff partially hidden behind him.

Kevin with Clair (his dad)

Larry and Mother Hershey going through the food line while some in the background prepare waffles.

Notice Dot’s Christmas headdress (left). She was in a celebratory mood because she did not have to plan this meal – as in previous years. 🙂

The dessert bar

Enjoying brunch. There were about eighty people in the room – with about seventeen who were not able to attend.

I wish our parents could have been here to see how large their family has grown. Mother died in 1974 when there were only fourteen us (with two more on the way). Daddy died in 1997 when nobody under ten-and-a-half was here or those who joined the family through marriage since July of 1997.

I waited until last to go through the line – when Nathan decided to turn the camera on me.

This is about the time I noticed that he had my camera. 🙂

More tomorrow night

Hershey Christmas Brunch – Part 1

Saturday, December 23

We arrived early – when the “Hershey Christmas Committee” was preparing the Manheim Brethren in Christ Warehouse for our brunch.

The committee consisted of those who volunteered last Christmas – our Jere & Kristen and Marlin and Nancy’s (my sister) daughters and husbands: Larry & Karen, Jason & Melissa, Kevin & Amy, and Jared & Chelsey.

Melissa preparing fruit for the yogurt parfait.

Amy and their daughter Heidi preparing the yogurt cups. Amy’s husband, Kevin, walking in the background.

Kristen, Chelsey, Jared, and Karen decorating the main serving table.


A decoration on the main serving table.

Center of the main serving table.

The five couples did a fabulous job of organizing this brunch.

Karen and Chelsey

Jared lighting the candles

A delicious-looking dessert has arrived.

Jared and Ian helped me prepare the mocha punch.

A broader view of the room

Jesse and Kelci played carpet ball while their parents prepared the tables.

Our granddaughter Jenna arrived with a gift for Cerwin and me – a cookie mix for chocolate chip cookies.

The drink table

The mocha punch and coffee were our responsibility. Someone else brought the iced coffee.

The mocha punch was popular with this group – Jenna, Roy, Jordan, and Dustan. It must have been popular with a lot of others as well, because I made four batches throughout the morning – and everything was gone by the time we went home.

Just before 9:00 am family members began arriving: In the background Brenda and Clair are holding Rob and Jess’ twins Isla and Iris. Tristan and Jared closer to the camera.

Rob, Brenda, Clair (grandpa to the twins), and our daughter Deb.

Rob with one of the twins. I have not learned to tell them apart. 🙂

Brenda with a twin. Jess hugging one of her twin brothers. I think it is Neil because his son Lincoln is in front of him and his wife Hillary is next to him. (Sorry Hillary that I captured you with closed eyes.) Jere, Diane and Anthony on the right.

My three brothers are in this picture: Diane is talking to Dale. Clair is in the center back and Steve is to the right.

More tomorrow night.

Josiah is Here!

Friday Afternoon, December 22

It was good to see his truck coming in the driveway below our yard.

He parked his trailer on a neighbors lot and brought the truck here. He is an over-the-road driver – based out of North Dakota – and pretty much lives in his truck. Because of cell phones he stays in touch with us and his family in Maine on a regular basis.

We are thankful for a dispatcher who gave him a load to Pennsylvania and allowed him to have a one-week vacation between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

You will see pictures of him during the next few days. 🙂