Christmas Is A-Comin’

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So we went into town on Tuesday to buy some Christmas stamps and the old courthouse museum caught my eye.  Mind you, I’ve driven by it a million times and it has never caught my eye.  Tuesday was different not only because it had been tactfully trimmed with wreaths, garlands, and lanterns, but also because it, like everything else, had been marinating in the fog that has been lurking about the first part of the week.  Diffuse light, water-saturated colors accented by the white trim around the huge old windows – *sigh*.  Jack had stopped to ponder the mill wheels planted by the sidewalk and the museum curator happened to walk by.  He kindly suggested we stop inside sometime to have a look around.  He mentioned a beautiful old music box and some other things the shorties might be interested in.  So of course I start plotting an “adventure.”

Hoping for similar weather, we got our Christmas cards stamped and went back the next day.  Festive attire and fake snowballs seemed appropriate.  While the kids are too young to appreciate much of the museum, they enjoyed looking at the clocks and music box, clamboring about the courtroom, and most of all the simple toys the curator produced – a Jacob’s ladder and a wooden top.  Since no one else was there, we sat on the floor in the quiet of the front room surrounded by the antiquities of Lincoln’s era while the curator showed the kids how to work the Jacob’s ladder.  It was very quiet (shorties were a little shy) and very simple – it was lovely.

I can’t promise others a quiet and simple visit there this weekend.  Apparently later that same afternoon it was gonna get busy in the house as they started getting ready for the Annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday.  I was told there will be lots of cookies.  We might just have to go 🙂



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One Comment

  1. jan December 6, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Oh my goodnes,, I just love these photos!

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