Colonial Christmas

This past weekend, I had a rare opportunity to go out with my mom.  Just the two of us.  It’s not that we don’t live near each other, it’s just that I’m a total homebody.  Believe it or not.  I hate leaving the house!

My mom read about a local private school who was having a fundraiser.  The fundraiser was held at the home of one of the board members for Geneva Classical Academy.  I learned that this is a very small school, K-12, with approximately 149 students in it.  It’s been around for about 15 years.  This year’s graduating senior class consists of one (1).  The teacher I was getting my information from said that this student was going to have quite a big celebration!

The board member hosting the fundraiser has a gorgeous house which is normally colonial in theme.  As we walked up to the house, we were greeted by the sight of two young boys dressed in costume, playing with a hoop as they would have in colonial days.

The 1 1/2 hour interactive tour was led in groups of 12 of so.  The first part of the tour, we stood on the front porch and sang a few Christmas carol’s together. They told a little bit about colonial times and served us wassail to taste. This is a drink that would have been served. We had the non-alcholic version.

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We were then ushered into the home where we sat in the dining room amongst a table of yummy looking desserts.  This depicted what the table would have looked like during the dessert course of the meal.  And they were the real deal!  The reenactor explained to us about how Christmas meals played out, and gave us a little more insight into the holiday as it was in colonial times.

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There was no time to get pictures of a single room without getting someone in the shot.  They were extremely organized!  As one group left a room, another was entering.  They did this over one weekend.  The day we went, it was from 1:30pm to 5pm.  They must have been pooped!  Not once did I see a lull in visitors.

The next room was the music room.  They talked about music and explained how they danced at the festivities.  A few girls demonstrated a certain dance, and they let us have try.

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We then went into a room which was meant to be a pub.  They explained a little bit about pubs back then and did a little skit.  They served samples of different types of food from the time period (i.e. soup, hot chocolate, sugared grapes, pâté).
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The game room was next.  It was actually several rooms that had games from the colonial period set up.  They showed us how each game was played, and let us try them out.

Our next stop was outside, where a reenactor told us about weddings from that time.  He also told  a few stories (ghost stories?) about slaves and their masters.

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Back inside, we sat in the living room while some teenagers spoke about entertainment of the time period, specifically plays and Shakespeare.  They proceeded to do several short skits for us.  These are the same skits they perform at school, only a smaller version.

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See the skull?  I thought that was a little weird too.  It was a prop though for one of Shakespeare’s plays.

We truly enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot about Christmas in colonial times.  This was the first year that they did this.  I know the reenactors had a lot of fun doing it, and hope that they do this again next year.  I’d like to bring one or both of my sons next time.

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