Great-Grandpa, August Vonderheide, is at the head of the table.
|The grandchildren in Grandpa's Manger|
In a simpler time before car alarms and home security sirens, in the soft quiet of a snowy December night, I am sure the neighborhood for several blocks in all directions awoke with a start when the wet and drifting snow piled into the stable and activated the loud speaker sirens at 3:00 AM. Suffice it to say that even the fire department responded.
My grandparents have long passed, but their 25 grandchildren all live with families and traditions of their own. We are all grateful for the fond Christmas memories and the love that they showed each one of us. One of my favorite memories will always be Grandpa's determination to keep Christ in Christmas.