Speaking of the frontier, we also went to a field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. http://www.frontiermuseum.org/ We learned all about how Christmas was celebrated by different cultures who came here to America and then came to blend their cultures together to form some of the traditions we have today. So many of the traditions revolved around community and neighbors. Settlers would go from house to house and sing and dance and play games. Where has this tradition GONE??? Waiting in line at Michael's Crafts today, I thought about it. No one is HOME! They are all in line at Michael's! I just love the Frontier Culture museum. I love bringing my children there and showing them what a different time it was back then. That is why Pinkie Day is so important to us. It is a time for family and sharing and singing and visiting. So get your rolling pin out, bake some cookies for your neighbor and go knock on their door...wait for it...without even calling (or texting) first! Happy Pinkie Day, everyone!
|"Here we come a wassailing", at the English House|
|Throwing beans at the window of the German house to get them to come out and greet us|
|Learning about holiday foods the settlers prepared for Christmas|
|Learning about St. Nicholas Day at the German house|