Although the calendar has just turned to October, the Hand County Historical Society board of directors is already making plans for the McWhorter House Museum Christmas celebration.
Once again, the board members are planning to participate in the Christmas on the Prairie activities, and will be one of the sites for Story Time.
For several years, elementary students have made Christmas decorations for the museum. This year, however, the decorating theme comes from the late Mary Christopherson, who was a member of the board at the time of her death.
“Mary had so many great ideas for activities at the museum and depot,” said board president Connie Schroeder. “We were all so excited about the enthusiasm she brought to the museum and that’s why we are following through with one of her ideas for Christmas.”
Schroeder explained, “Mary suggested we display nativity sets loaned by community members. Maybe they have a special story behind their set, or it was purchased while on a special trip. We are hoping for a great response from the community so we can create this display in Mary’s memory.”
Any kind of nativity set will add to the display. It may be simple, fancy with many pieces, a child’s creation, something old, or something new. Include a short, written account about the background of the set, or its origin. Every care will be given to these items. Sets may be delivered to the museum at a date, which will be set later.
“We plan to display the nativity sets during the evening of the Christmas on the Prairie event, and also have some independent Christmas hours so everyone has a chance to see this interesting display,” said Schroeder. “But we also realize that families want these decorations back in their homes for Christmas, so people will be able to take them home from the museum in early December, long before Christmas Day. We hope everyone will consider honoring Mary by digging through their Christmas boxes and sharing a part of their Christmas tradition with us at the Museum.”