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DEC 10

Victorian Christmas Tea

Christmas is almost upon us, and what better way to jumpstart your holiday spirit than with a beautiful Victorian Christmas Tea. Places Through Time Living History is pleased to offer a special holiday tea as a part of the Victorian Christmas on Steinwehr Ave. Celebration. Additionally, guests will be treated to a living history program: Civil War Christmas: Customs and Celebrations. The people who lived during those four terrible years of civil war, soldiers and civilians alike, were so attached to the traditional holiday that they left many accounts of it. Other holidays might be forgotten in the stress of wartime, but Christmas was fondly remembered. Relying on diary and journal entries of both soldiers and civilians, we’ll look at many of the Christmas customs of the 19th century that survive today. We’ll look at what they were singing, eating and doing to mark this most special of days. And we’ll examine how war affected the traditional holiday celebration – both at home and at the front.

The Tea will be held in the Breakfast Cottage of the Quality Inn - Gettysburg Battlefield. Doors open for seating at 1:30 p.m. Tea service will begin following the program at approximately 2:15 p.m. There will be no seating once service has begun. The cost of the tea is $30 per person, and reservations are required. The deadline to reserve seats is Dec. 1, 2016. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

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