Expanded Access Drive:
The access drive is now 18 feet wide and smoother than before. It is now the Entrance and Exit road. We will not be using the narrower, steeper drive between the two houses.
Expanded Parking Area:
We have expanded our parking area again this year. We can park about 40 cars on the graveled area. Overflow parking on the grass is still available.
This year we have even more offerings in our gift shop offering of locally made jams, jellies, sorghum, butters (apple, pumpkin and strawberry), several kinds of honey, dry soup mixes, handmade toys (including trains), Christmas ornaments and more .
Table Top Trees:
This year our table top trees are 3.5 to 4.5 feet tall. These are Fraser firs and are great for offices, small apartments, or dorm rooms. They are $20.
Assistance in the Field:
On busy days we will have a full time helper in the field to answer questions, help with trees, provide replacement saws, etc.
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Below is a collection of traditional Christmas recipes. Most of these recipes data back at least 100 years, updated to include modern kitchen ware such as aluminum foil, Pyrex bowls, stoves with graduated settings, etc. Although the recipes may be 100 years old, their roots generally date back many hundred years. Most of these came to the U.S. by way of the British Isles. Continue reading
The Story of St. Nicholas
The story starts with socks. Until very recent times, most people did not have the luxury of having multiple sets of clothes. A single set of pants, socks, shoes, cap, shirt, etc was not uncommon, although some folks had an extra set. The poor washed and dried their single pair of socks or stockings frequently, typically drying them over night by the fire. Continue reading
Christmas: A Time of Celebration and Tradition
Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, gifts, garland, carols, candles, stars, and bells. These are symbols of Christmas we have known since childhood. Yet they are more than the glitter and fluff of an increasingly commercial holiday. They are direct, symbolic reminders of the true meaning and spirit of the season. Perhaps one reason we tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas is that we fail to remember–and to pass on to our children–the significance of these symbols. Continue reading