Christmas in The Netherlands 2002
Susan's Birthday; Happy New Year 2003!
photos by Stan Schaap and Susan Kramer

The setting is December 26, 2002, the 2nd day of Christmas, at Stan's brother Victor's house in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Utrecht is a main city and about 25 miles south of Amsterdam. Together were Susan, Stan, Victor, Simon, Tobian and Ma and Pa - Truus and Kees Schaap - the parents of Stan and Victor, and grandparents of Victor's sons Tobias 14 1/2, and Simon 16.

1. Ma, Pa, Tobias and Simon in front of their 'Christmas' tree.

2. Simon, Ma, Pa, Tobias. It is about 4pm and still light. Darkness descends by 4:45pm and the sun is again up about 9am this time of year.

3. Susan and Ma before dinner.

4. Stan, Ma, Pa, and Simon opening a birthday present; Simon's 16th birthday was Dec. 23rd. Look out the window - it is getting dark already.

5. Stan, Pa, Ma and Simon.

6. Proost, Salut!  around the dinner table getting ready to enjoy Victor's 7-course annual feast. Victor closest, Ma, Pa, Simon, Tobias, Susan.

7. Ma and Pa after first course; pork pâté with cranberries.

8. Dinner continues; the boys washed dishes after each course - L. to R. Susan, Pa, Ma, Simon, Tobias, Victor.

9. Ma and Pa preparing to go home. Victor, Ma, Pa, Simon, Tobias as Father Christmas.

10. Tot ziens - adios, till later: Ma and Pa with Simon at elevator door and Tobias with Ma.

11. Susan's birthday party December 30th - Victor and Simon and Tobias came to Stan and Susan's apt. in Amsterdam for lunch to celebrate. L. to R. Tobias, Susan, Simon, Victor.

12. Susan's birthday party December 30th.

13. It's New Year's eve and we are eating our way into New Year's Day 2003 the Dutch way - with oliebollen (balls in oil) - a yeast dough with raisens and currents that are fried like doughnuts. These 4 pix show the process.

Stan and I wish everyone a blessed NEW YEAR 2003!




more family photos:

Family and Travels in The Netherlands &
Family in Maryland USA, 2001
Family in Chicago 2001
Family and Travels in California 2001
Photos of Paris 2001
Christmas in The Netherlands, December 2001
Family, Friends & Views in America and Europe
Kröller-Müller Museum sculpture garden, The Netherlands
Dolls & Bunnies
Trip to Emmen, The Netherlands
Memories from the Past
May 2002 - Birthdays, Polly and Greg, Chicago and California
May 17-23, 2002, Santa Barbara and Goleta, California
May 17-23, 2002, More Events in California
Western Europe and the USA
Summer Vacations 2002, Part I
Summer Vacations 2002, Part II
Stan's Family in The Netherlands
House in Castricum
Hoffman and Melocik Family Photos
Christmas in The Netherlands 2002
Christmas (and more) in America 2002
Castricum, March 2003 and Beyond
Castricum, Getting the House and Garden Together, April 2003
Flowers in the Yard, Castricum June, 2003
Bluetits - Pimpelmezen
Rice family visits The Netherlands
Trip to Family in America, September 2003
Garden and Birds in Castricum, November 2003

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