Get a taste of tra­di­tional Christ­mas

Mu­seum giv­ing visi­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence fes­tiv­i­ties in his­toric set­tings

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

TWIN­KLING fairy lights and bright Christ­mas trees is how we cel­e­brate Christ­mas now but how did our an­ces­tors cel­e­brate Christ­mas?

You can find out at the Tra­di­tional Chilterns Christ­mas event at lo­cal vis­i­tor at­trac­tion Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum on De­cem­ber 3 and 4, be­tween 11am and 4pm.

Fa­ther Christ­mas will be mak­ing his an­nual stop at the mu­seum and will greet visi­tors as he sits by the fire in the Vic­to­rian Toll House.

Cos­tumed Ge­or­gian re-en­ac­tors will bring the mu­seum’s build­ings to life as they pre­pare and dec­o­rate their homes for the fes­tive sea­son and cook his­toric Christ­mas fare.

He­len Light from the mu­seum said: “The event gives visi­tors the op­por­tu­nity to see, smell and taste a tra­di­tional Christ­mas in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of our his­toric build­ings.

“Our visi­tors love see­ing Fa­ther Christ­mas com­ing down the site on horse­back.”

The mu­seum’s older build­ings will be decked with holly and ivy gath­ered from the woods and il­lu­mi­nated by can­dles and fire­light, cre­at­ing a warm, cosy fes­tive flair. The 1940s Pre­fab will show how peo­ple cel­e­brated a re­strained wartime Christ­mas en­livened by make-doand-mend dec­o­ra­tions.

Chil­dren are in­vited to take part in help­ing to dec­o­rate the mu­seum’s own Christ­mas tree with Christ­mas crafts. They can also write a let­ter to Fa­ther Christ­mas and, of course, no Christ­mas event would be com­plete with­out a visit to Santa him­self to hand him the let­ter and col­lect a small tra­di­tional gift to take home.

Visi­tors can also wan­der around the mu­seum and learn about Christ­mas in the past, browse and pur­chase gifts from a small Christ­mas mar­ket of lo­cal hand­made items, cour­tesy of the Down­ley Mak­ers Mar­ket and other lo­cal crafts­peo­ple.

Tra­di­tional Christ­mas sto­ries will be re­told by a sto­ry­teller and lo­cal folk singers will sing tra­di­tional songs, ac­com­pa­nied by sim­ple gui­tar, fid­dle or ac­cor­dion.

On the Sun­day, lo­cal com­mu­nity choir Glee Club UK will be singing Christ­mas tunes to get visi­tors in the spirit.

Visi­tors can warm up in the mu­seum’s tea room and treat them­selves to hot bar­be­cue food, mince pies and warm drinks.

There is a small charge of £3 to meet Fa­ther Christ­mas and col­lect a small gift.

Ho ho ho: Santa will be vis­it­ing Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum this year

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