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Thursday December 5th, 2013

Posted at 3:00pm

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There are several events planned to celebrate the season at the the John R. Park Homestead.

“December is a magical time to visit the Homestead; the natural decorations are beautiful, the smell of gingerbread rises from the hearth and there are colourful characters everywhere!” says Homestead Curator, Janet Cobban  “Bring your camera, make some lasting memories and start a new holiday tradition with your family.”

The Homestead’s December events include:

    • Eve of St. Nicholas on Sunday December 8th from Noon to 4pm
    • Stir Up on Sunday December 15th at 2pm
    • Candlelight Christmas on Tuesday December 17th at 7pm.

“Stir Up Sunday is an old tradition,” explains Cobban. “Historically, families would gather together in the kitchen to bake and enjoy Christmas puddings and other holiday treats on Stir Up Sunday.  Children work alongside their family members and learn how to mix ingredients for their family’s favourite holiday pudding.”

The final 2013 holiday program will be Candlelight Christmas on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see the 1842 Homestead by candlelight.  “Special activities are planned for this exclusive holiday program,” says Cobban.  Participants will learn about celebrations of an earlier time as they make traditional ornaments, participate in wassailing and bake on the hearth. Cobban adds, “Some favourite moments in this evening event are listening to the reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas and warming up with a cup of hot cider and traditional holiday snacks.”

Stir Up Sunday and Candlelight Christmas both have a cost of $15 per person, pre-registration is required. For more information on all events, visit their website here.

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