I apologize for my lack of posts since the very first one. Once Halloween hits, we have to start getting ready for the holidays. That means polishing silver (a lot of silver…), touching up fake food, fluffing boughs of greenery, tracking down misplaced wreaths (three of which we never found!). The list goes on and on.
Agecroft is unique for many reasons, one being that we have both the 17th century and 20th century represented in one museum. This becomes glaringly obvious in our decorations at Christmas time–the 17th century decorations utilize spectacular food and greenery, whereas the 20th century decorations utilize lights, color and a 10 foot Christmas tree. We go all out for Christmas–although we do different celebration set ups and displays throughout the year, Christmas takes the most time and effort.
Here are some “behind the scenes” photos of decorating the Williams Library!
(My apologies, it was raining the day we put up the 17th century Christmas decorations and the house was incredibly dark so none of those photos came out.)
Aside from the decorations, it’s a great time to visit Agecroft to learn about the Christmas season in the 17th century. Unlike the American Christmas celebration of today, Christmas was minor compared to Boxing Day and Twelfth Night.
We hope you’ll come see the finished space–its beautiful and always my most favorite time of year!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
PS: Check out our website (agecrofthall.org) for information on our upcoming events, including Christmas Open House on December 14th!