Looking back to a simpler time

Published 8:30 pm Saturday, November 28, 2015

Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern-day Christmas preparations, it can be hard to remember the holiday season wasn’t always like this.

The folks at the Lincoln County Historical Museum are working to make sure people are reminded of the Christmas yesteryear with an Old Fashioned Christmas Display. The event will be held on Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. and is meant to stir up memories of childhood Christmases.

Homer Richardson, one of the event organizers, said he and Rita Rich, Lincoln County Genealogical and Historical Society president, were asking each other what they remember from Christmases growing up.

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“Even though it was a simple time, it was special time for kids,” Richardson said.

Their goal is to invoke the simplicity and the special feeling of an old fashioned Christmas. To accomplish that, they will limit the electronics, although they hope to have a train running. The toys will consist of blocks, tin and wooden trucks and checker boards. The tree will be a cedar, cut down locally, and it will be decorated with homemade strings, such as paper chains, and ornaments, likely made from tin foil.

“I want people to have that light comes on that says ‘Oh, I remember that,’” Richardson said.

He hopes the scents of the tree, fruits and tea cakes will remind people of the way Grandma used to do Christmas.

“Many times families struggled, but somehow they managed to pull it together for Christmas,” he said.

Richardson said they chose a Sunday because they hope people will be able to stop by after church or their Sunday lunch. He also added the event provides a break from the panic and stress of the season.

“Bring your children, and bring your memories,” he said.