Christmas 2012

By on 19 November, 2012 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Every year, my husband complains in November that stores have Christmas stuff out and it is not yet Thanksgiving. I am going to risk his ire and fall in line with the early marketing scheme and send out a “Hark!” about two upcoming Christmas events.

The Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on December 6. Located on 301 Columbus Street, the Ordeman House, its out buildings, and the “Living Block” will be decorated and open for guests. Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Enjoy the holidays from an early 19th century perspective as all the decorations will harken back to those used in the late 1800s.  Seeing all the wonderful old buildings enchanted by period decorations will get ye olde Christmas spirit pumping. Have fun with traditional crafts for the kids, and kids of all ages can thrill to the tales of the storytellers. Wander along the streets strung with garland, join in the strolling minstrels’ carols, and sip on warm cider and crunch a cookie or two (or three!)

Then, ’tis the season to be jolly so at 7 p.m., meander over to the Old Church for the Old Alabama Town Revue. Tim Henderson, Toni Wood-Meyer and I will be celebrating the second anniversary of the OAT Revue with songs about food (in honor of the Year of Alabama Food), favorite songs (it just isn’t Christmas until Toni has rendered “Please Come Home for Christmas”) and more than a dash of Fa la la la la (regardless of the temperature, I’m gonna sing “Christmas Snow” from “The Christmas Letters”). Strike the band and join the chorus — there are rumors of special guests and a big anniversary cake to be consumed at break. Betcha’ there will be hot cider too.

So Old Alabama Town is the place to be on December 6. Come at four to be a part of the Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House and stay for the Old Alabama Town Revue at 7. All events are free and gracious. Fill your cup with warm cider, your eyes with the wonder of it all, and your heart with Christmas Spirit.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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