|The light of Christmas|
Seriously, this year, aside from cutting down a Christmas Tree (modern dress for this, by the way, but on a horse-drawn wagon), I have been absorbed fully into Christmas Past 14 out of 31 days in sight and sound - and, yes, all the while in period clothing.
I am in old-time garments more often this time of year than in present-day clothing, I believe.
So, rather than write an excessive essay on Christmas past, for I already have written about some of these time-travel experiences more extensively in previous posts (links at the bottom of this article), I thought it might be fun to make this a historic Christmas celebration through photos and show a few favorite pictures from my Christmastide time-travel excursions, most of which were taken this year at Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights - including some I had posted earlier this month.
Let's begin at the beginning of the season, when my family and I headed out to cut down our Christmas tree:
|Contrary to popular belief, we do have electric lights on our Christmas tree. Yes, we actually do live in the 21st century - - sometimes!|
Then one foggy Christmas Eve...
|Here is another photo of Main Street in Greenfield Village, but without the fog. The evening sky as the sun set was particularly striking on the night I snapped this picture.|
|It's Christmas time in the city...|
|Even though the visitors were dressed in modern clothing, the festive atmosphere on Main Street definitely felt like Christmas in the early 1900s.|
Now we'll head back in time, to the 1860s...
|The ladies of my vocal group, Simply Dickens, struck a pose during that same very foggy evening as the picture you saw earlier.|
|I took a fine photo with a fine man. Bill is a long-time employee of Greenfield Village, and he is also one of the hosts inside the 1831 Eagle Tavern, one of my favorite places to eat.|
|Diana enters the Eagle Tavern.|
|~~Christmas at Historic Fort Wayne~~ |
|Three guesses who this is, and the first two don't count (and, no, it's not Woodrow Wilson!)|
|At the Smiths Creek Depot. |
We were actually going for a Jack the Ripper-type photo here but, well, it didn't quite turn out that way. I suppose that's a good thing, for I don't need to be associated with that man.
|Waiting for the train to come in...|
|Hey, now, wait a second here. Something weird is going on - is that a colonial time-traveler who popped right in the middle of this 1860s photograph?|
Might that alter something in the sequencing of time and space?
Only time will tell...
|Ah! I've been spotted----hey! Gimme back my tricorn hat! There shall be no mixing of time---who knows what danger---oh what the heck! Go on and wear it!|
Some of the ladies from the 21st Michigan thought it might be fun to go ice skating while wearing their period clothing. They did have fun, and the appearance of women from the 1860s skating on a rink was quite a sight to see!
|This little guy did pretty good as he skated near his mother...|
|...that is, until he fell on his bottom!|
|Three of our skating ladies.|
I think a sleigh ride while wearing period clothing should be something on our bucket list, don't you?
|What I attempted to do with these two pictures I took of Vickie and John kind of gives off a pretty neat effect - - eerily period.|
Next, let's jump ahead about 80 years into the future from the 1860s to the 1940s...and to another war - -
|While inside an authentic transplanted-to-Dearborn English cottage originally from the Cotswold region of England, Jill explains to the visitors about WWII life during war time for the citizens and soldiers of that country.|
|An American soldier tries to relax at Christmas time while stationed in England in 1942.|
I tried to make it look like it was taken back in '42. Did I succeed?
|Jill the Pinup Girl!|
But what happens when two Civil War reenactors meet up while dressed in clothing from differing periods in history outside of the 1860s?
Wow---a time-space continuum - - the earth thrown off its axis...the altering of life as we know it...
Or just shock from the two time-travelers:
|"Hey! Why are you dressed like that??"|
|"Hey! Why is he/she dressed like that??"|
But...what time is my time?
Stay tuned for more of my time-travel adventures...and Happy New Year, whichever year that may be...
Links to Christmas Past:
These Are the Shadows of Christmases That Have Been - Christmas at the Fort 2015
Enjoy Christmas with an 1860s family. Very real...and full of immersion.
Christmas and Thanksgiving 2014: The Culmination of the Fall Harvest and the Beginning of the Christmas Season
Enjoy Thanksgiving Past at Greenfield Village, and Christmas at Crossroads.
Christmas at Greenfield Village 2014 (part 1): Smiths Creek Depot (and Other Historical Holiday Happenings)
Such an enjoyable time to spend Christmas in a mid-19th century train depotas part of an 1860s Soldiers Aid Society. Plus, Christmas at Waterloo Farm and with Simply Dickens to boot!
A history of Christmas in America's colonial past.
Christmas Past: A Photographic Journey
A relaxed journey through Christmas past with lots of pictures taken at Greenfield Village and other places (including of Simply Dickens).
Fort Wayne 2013: An Immersion Experience: Christmas at the Fort
Probably the most amazing Christmas time-travel experience I've had thus far. Wow!
Having a Historic Christmas in My Own Home
Decorating my home in an authentic 19th century style.
Waterloo Farm 2014 and Other Historical Holiday Happenings
Such an enjoyable time to spend Christmas in a mid-19th century parlor dressed in period clothing. Plus, Christmas at Greenfield Village and with Simply Dickens to boot!