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Memories of Casa de Campo: Christmas Time in Casa

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In this week’s ‘Memories of Casa de Campo’ post, Carol Burke our creative and talented weekly writer brings us a charming Christmas story – Casa de Campo at Christmas time! Beautiful photos and tales to get us in the festive spirit and help us to prepare for the Bazaar Navideño this weekend; Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th of December in Altos de Chavón.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
— Burton Hillis aka Bill Vaughan, American columnist and author (1915-1977)

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
— Bob Hope, American comedian and actor (1903-2003)

Every December in Casa de Campo, as Christmas approached, a winter holiday spirit became evident.
Preparations were made for banquets, holidays decorations were brought out from storage, and there was a feeling of anticipation everywhere.

First the entrance to Casa would be decorated,

Reindeer Lights

and a tree would be decorated in the main garden in the hotel.

Casa Tree in Main Garden

Casa de Campo sent out a Christmas greeting card to everyone.

Casa Greeting 

The front of the card had an original art work by Virgilio Mendez from 1989 titled, “Dama Criolla en Casa de Campo”.

Christmas Card from Casa

I went to La Romana to look for Christmas cards, but they were hard to find. Eventually I found hand-made, silk-screened cards from eureka! that said, “Brum! Brum! vengo a desearte unas Felices Fiestas!!”

Brum Brum – Santa Claus

Some Casa de Campo residents brought Santa Claus to the Guarderia Infantil in La Romana

Santa at La Guarderia Infintil

The children in this day care center were given Christmas presents.

Santa Claus with Christmas Gifts

Amazement and wonder were reflected on the children’s faces.

Child with Santa 

In 1992 the newspaper, Listin Diario, with Casa de Campo held a Children’s Drawing Contest. The children were to draw a picture of a house in the country (casa de campo).

The winner of this contest, Concurso Infantil de Dibujos, was Raquel Garcia, whose drawing graced the cover of the Holiday Program booklet.

Casa de Campo by Raquel Garcia

In 1994, Nelson Garcia, designed the cover of the Casa de Campo Holiday Program.

Casa de Campo by Nelson Garcia

At home, we decorated a Christmas tree, both inside the house —

Christmas Tree at Home

and outside in the patio.

Kitty cat and Christmas Tree

In the Plaza at Altos de Chavon there was always a Christmas table with a gingerbread house made by the Casa de Campo bakery.

Christmas Buffet in Altos de Chavon

Click on this link for more Christmas-past photos and menus:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dandelion-tree/sets/72157625587754666/

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