Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat
If you haven’t got a penny then a ha-penny will do
If you haven’t got a ha-penny then God Bless You!
Journey to Christmas Past
Here we are, another year passed, and Christmas truly is coming – the goose is nearly plump enough for roasting, and many of us in the living history community are planning yet another season of 19th century Christmas celebrations. There is quite the line up of reenacting activities throughout the Christmas Season for those of us in the Detroit area of Michigan who choose to participate. For many, becoming ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ has already begun; for instance, during Thanksgiving weekend, quite a few of us from various reenacting units put on our 1860's clothing and traveled over the river and through the woods to Crossroads Village in Flint. Christmas at Crossroads is truly breathtaking, for the homes are wonderfully decorated to the period of which they represent – the mid-to-late 19th century. We reenactors became part of this atmosphere, and the visitors were delighted to have us strolling about. And the employees of Crossroads were very glad to have us join in their festivities.
We also enjoyed a 45 minute train ride on the Huckleberry Railroad, and while the car bumped along the track, we sang Christmas carols. After our train journey was completed, it was to the church where we gathered to sing more joyful old hymns.
I don’t believe I have ever heard anything more beautiful than these cherished songs, such as Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Joy To the World, sung in this 19th century chapel to an authentic period organ.
Another special moment was having the opportunity to sit and warm up in the oil lamp-lit parlor of the 1876 Fox House.
Inside the parlor of the 1876 Fox House
Having the opportunity to roam along the wood-plank walks of this beautiful village is a special treat indeed.
Well, guess what? A few of us were given the privilege of going up to the 2nd floor of the tavern and experiencing for ourselves the springy floor, as well as being given a tour of the entire second story! What a treat that was for us! To think that 150 years ago they actually held balls right where we were standing! Please see this post to read for yourself a first-hand account of a ball held there in 1859.
The infamous Eagle Tavern ballroom floor - it's still there up on the 2nd floor
Bringing the past to life…that’s what we experienced this weekend. Sight, sound, smell, and touch.
Reenacting during the Christmas Season brings a special warmth like no other time of the year. Unless you experience it, mere words cannot describe it.
And there’s more to come…stay tuned...
Ghosts of Christmas Past sit on the steps inside the Wright Brothers Home