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!

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more family photos:

Family and Travels in The Netherlands &
Family in Maryland USA, 2001 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix.html
Family in Chicago 2001  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix2.html
Family and Travels in California 2001   http://www.susankramer.com/familypix3.html
Photos of Paris 2001  http://www.susankramer.com/parisphotos.html
Christmas in The Netherlands, December 2001  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix4.html
Family, Friends & Views in America and Europe  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix5.html
Kröller-Müller Museum sculpture garden, The Netherlands  http://www.susankramer.com/sculptures.html
Dolls & Bunnies  http://www.susankramer.com/dolls.html
Trip to Emmen, The Netherlands  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix6.html
Memories from the Past  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix7.html
May 2002 - Birthdays, Polly and Greg, Chicago and California  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix8.html
May 17-23, 2002, Santa Barbara and Goleta, California  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix9.html
May 17-23, 2002, More Events in California http://www.susankramer.com/familypix10.html
Western Europe and the USA http://www.susankramer.com/ourworld.html
Summer Vacations 2002, Part I  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix11.html
Summer Vacations 2002, Part II  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix12.html
Stan's Family in The Netherlands  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix13.html
House in Castricum  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix14.html
Hoffman and Melocik Family Photos  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix15.html
Christmas in The Netherlands 2002  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix16.html
Christmas (and more) in America 2002  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix17.html
Castricum, March 2003 and Beyond  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix18.html
Castricum, Getting the House and Garden Together, April 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix19.html
Flowers in the Yard, Castricum June, 2003  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix20.html
Bluetits - Pimpelmezen  http://www.susankramer.com/birds.html
Rice family visits The Netherlands  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix21.html
Trip to Family in America, September 2003  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix22.html
Garden and Birds in Castricum, November 2003  http://www.susankramer.com/familypix23.html

email and web site: stan@powertoshare.com--http://www.powertoshare.com
email and web site: susan@susankramer.com--http://www.susankramer.com