Does the Christmas season ever start to feel like a rerun? Do the years begin to blend together, distinguishable only by which itchy sweater you received? You decorate the tree, wrap the gifts, watch your family’s favorite version of A Christmas Carol, and hope you don’t have to shovel too much snow. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, of course, but wouldn’t it feel great to break the routine this year? Spice up your family’s Christmas with some of these enchanting holiday activities!
For a taste of the mid-1800s, plan a trip to the Shriver House Museum, where you can witness a Civil War Christmas. The time period isn’t the only difference—remember that many husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers were fighting far from home and family. For that reason, the event is hosted by the women of the Shriver family: Hettie, Sadie (age 7), and Mollie (age 5). They’ll show you what they did to stay festive through one of the most terrible times in our country’s past. The Shriver House candlelight Christmas tours begin on Thanksgiving evening and continue on Saturdays through December 17th.
Feeling like something more presidential? Consider celebrating Christmas the Eisenhower way at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. All month long, the home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower will be on display in full 1950’s Christmas ornamentation, many of the decorations being authentic Eisenhower heirlooms. The family’s Christmas stories will be narrated by park rangers while you admire their tree, Christmas dinner settings, and personal collection of holiday music. December 10th will feature a special reception with refreshments worthy of Ike himself.
While you’re in Gettysburg, be sure to visit our very own Jennie Wade House in all its holiday splendor! We’ve decked the halls and now we’re inviting you to come see the house in a whole new light. There will even be seasonal refreshments and, our Christmas gift to you, discounted admission! The house will be open on weekends in December (excluding Christmas weekend) from 10-4. We can’t wait to see you!