Starting to Look a Lot Like the Holidays
By Roy Cook
songs are in the air and smiles are on little faces. As a representative
and apology of being one of, 'those darn men', we tried to get there
early enough to be of service with the setting up of the tables and
chairs. Juan Castellanos of the Indian Human Resource and Steve Gomez
beat every one of us to the punch. We got there and it was done. So
we became unofficial greeters and looked on as covered pots and large
mixing bowls were carried in to the kitchen. We all enjoyed teasing
and joking with the arriving community members. Many were in the spirit
of the holiday and wore colorful theme clothes. Santa and his raindeer
brought smiles and songs for the evenings festivities.
activities were the responsibility of the community Gatherer: Esther
Abrahano. She greeted the early attendees and introduced Rev. Marvin
Abrams, Seneca. The Holiday Good News he brought is of the Birth
in Bethlehem and the three wise men. His sermon message spoke to
the Christmas season, be kind to one another.
"It's time to eat.
Elders first!" This announcment got every one on their feet and we formed
a wiggly line to the food tables. Lots of tender, tasty, steaming hot
and excellent holiday fare. I really look forward to those mystical and
marvelous side dishes brought from home. We could recognize some of the
serving containers and looked forward to tasting the dish. All were very
delightful. As we were savoring the morsels bite by bite and the special
moment of being in the greatest company on this hemisphere, Tribal Indian
people, we noticed pies and cakes appearing on the tables. Boy, talk about
taking up a notch!
At this same time,
the youth under the direction of Paul Camacho began a reading on stage.
They had selected a holiday theme and assigned parts for maximum participation.
Last minute adjustments were completed to adapt the reading for those
that were not there for unknown reasons. It was well received. Well presented
and all applauded the group.Well done, thank you all for your group efforts
and individual performances. We were also glad to hear the flute songs
of Alex Ravenfeather. The special emotional quality of the traditional
flute is always welcomed.
As the evening came
toward the closing, Santa called up all the children to give out the Holiday
bags of goodies. (Thank you, Native American Council). Of course, Santa
also had some songs to sing and words of cheer for all. Others, naughty
or nice, were also given a bag of treats. Lots and lots of bread, rolls
and baked goods went home with the well wishers. Each table centerpiece
went home with the elder that was sitting at that table. This Sunday evening
gathering is the ah la mode topping on a weekend holiday pie. The Native
American Council had their 7th annual Breakfast on the morning before.
The Native American Women Circle had their Holiday Dance the night before.
Mixed metaphors aside this was a nice evening to be in our Tribal community.
Aho, ho, ho, ho be good, very good,
Santa is on the way. Good night.
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