Our little fairy was so excited earlier this week…..she went to visit some first graders who are learning about Christmas traditions around the world. Sometimes, you don’t have to go to another location to learn something new, you just have to “travel” to another period in time. Flossie helped the students understand how people decorated for and celebrated Christmas in Bath 300 years ago. It was quite different before Christmas trees and electric lights in our yards!
One of the main differences is there really wasn’t all that much decorating done, outside of a few sprigs of greenery tucked here and there – at least in most people’s homes. The focus of the holiday was much more about feasting and being with family. When we decorate with natural greenery today, we’ve added lots of fruit, berries and dried flowers for color. This style, although it brings to mind times of long ago, is still much fancier than it would have been in the 1700s. This style of decorating is called Colonial Revival.
On Saturday December 12, 2015, Historic Bath Site will be having a day long program of events occurring on the site and Flossie would love to see you here. See the schedule below and Merry Christmas!
10 a.m. – Visitor Center/ Pomander Craft – children and adults can make a pomander to take home using oranges and cloves
10:30 a.m. – Smokehouse Grand-Opening – The smokehouse that was moved to Historic Bath in the 1980s will now be open to the public with newly gifted interpretive items inside
11:00 a.m. – Hog-Killing Memories – Jenny Hollowell will give a presentation on her memories of hog-killings, a tradition of her family for many years. Attendees are invited to share their own memories of this rural North Carolina experience.
12 noon – 4 p.m. – Open House of Historic Structures
1751 Palmer-Marsh House – features Colonial Revival décor and the musical talents of The Ad Hoc Players, Lorraine Hale and Don Shiffler.
1830 Bonner House – Visit the decorated home, watch cooking demonstrations in the kitchen and apple cider pressing demonstrations in the yard. Purchased/pasteurized cider will be served and gingerbread men are ready to be decorated! Christmas carolers on the porch at 3:00 p.m.