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2012 Christmas Events

Candlelight Tours: November 23, 30
December 7, 14, 21, 28 5 - 8 pm
Adults - $3 Child (12-18) $1
Nov. 23 Nina Marshall- Harpist

CHRISTMAS AT THE HOMESTEAD 
"Images of Christmas"
Tues - Sat. 10-5 Sun. 1-5
Enjoy the season with a visit to the C.H. Moore Homestead. The carriage barn will be decorated and open. Santa will be greeting the little ones and there will be an oportunity to capture the moment on film with Santa in the sleigh on Nov. 23 from 5 to 8. The museum gift shop will be stocked with holiday items, Soaps, Candles, Possible Dream Santas, Ornaments, Garland, Tea Sets, Books, Nightlights, Redware, Snowmen and Victorian items. We also have Apple 'N Pork Apple Butter

Celebration of the Christmas season begins November 23 at the Homestead in Clinton, and will mark the 43rd year for the event. In 1969, the newly formed DeWitt County Museum Association opened the doors to the public with a holiday tea, giving them an opportunity to see the very first renovations to the C.H. Moore home. The open house teas continued each year along with seasonal decorations and displays such as oil lamps, cast iron toys and cut glass. 
Themes were used to help unify the room decorations -"Williamsburg" in 1975, "Natural Christmas" in 1981, "Silver Anniversary" in 1992, "Star Spangled Christmas" in 2002. Themes have included birds, Victorian handiwork, songs of Christmas, and angels and crèches. 
"Images of Christmas" sets the theme for 2012. All ten rooms of the museum will be decorated and ready to receive visitors November 23 beginning at 5 pm. Even the century old barn will be decorated and open. Santa will be greeting the little ones and there will be an opportunity to capture the moment on film with Santa in the sleigh. 
Each Friday evening, November 23 through December 28, beginning at 5 pm, the visitors will be greeted at the front doors and ushered into the vestibule to commence their tour. House lights will be dimmed, allowing the guests to enjoy the decorations in the subdued light from the many flickering candles. Musical entertainment is scheduled to add to the pleasure of the evening. 
Tours begin in the home's front parlor with its majestic 10 foot tree filled with brilliant lights and ornaments and continue up the majestic curved stairway also decorated with ribbons and garlands of greenery. The four second floor bedrooms and five main floor rooms, as well as the Prairie Room in the basement area, are all decorated by the ladies of the museum board and volunteers. With a new theme each year, the rooms are sure to be a surprise. 
There are many opportunities to visit: the Homestead is open Tuesday through Saturday for daytime tours, 10 to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5pm. As a reminder, the museum also has a gift shop, stocked with Christmas and year around items. 
There are two raffles featuring an American Girl Doll and two Henry collectible rifles. Both item tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5. Drawing for the doll is November 23rd and the rifles will be drawn on December 21st. Winners do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the DeWitt County Museum.

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