Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Step back in time: Candlelight Christmas 2011


Decorations at This Is The Place
Christmas in the Village 
December 25th 2001 We traveled in our warm and modern car and vans from Provo, Draper, and West Jordan where we experienced a rare treat devoid of commercial Christmas.  What a pleasant evening we had and what a wonderful step back to the mid 1800s!  Vanessa, Andrew, Grant, Faith, Clark, John, and Drew and Mindy, Jeff, Jack, Jane, and Alice joined Grandma Ottley and Doug and I in a Pioneer Christmas at This is the Place Heritage Park at the mouth of Immigration Canyon.

Earlier in the day we celebrated Thanksgiving by gathering with Joanna and Laren's family, Jesse and Danielle, and friends Dane and Bethany and Jack. We were so blessed to have Grandma Ottley with us as well! See the turkey in the middle of the table ready for us to dig in?  It's the first time in my life that we have actually set the bird on the table whole and then carved it after the blessing on the food. It was a fun change.



After dinner we raked the leaves into bit piles and the kids jumped in them over the over.  It went something like this:  Rake, run, jump, rake, run, jump, etc., etc.
Even Grandma O got into the act by shooting baskets with Christian!
Father Christmas was listening so carefully to everyone's requests as well as suggesting ever more simple solutions to the growing gift list.  He was a right jolly old elf and his beard had been trimmed in rare form.




 Jane, Mimi, Grandma Ottley and John.
Grandma spoke to Santa about getting a new husband for Christmas....then made sure that he understood that she was "just kidding"
We listened to carolers in period costume!

We danced around the Christmas Tree to the "Pat-a-cake Polka."  Mom couldn't be outdone by any of the other revelers.
We made pioneer Christmas crafts and drank hot chocolate after we road the train around the village.  We also visited the live nativity scene which was appropriately happening in the stable with a donkey housed in a nearby stall.  There were angels singing and a hundred dim stars lighting the sky with the star of Christmas hanging over the place where the new child was being cradled in the arms of his mother and father.  Very touching.  I went back twice! Loved  it so much.




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