The simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas awaits Museum of Appalachia visitors through December 24th. Cabins will be decorated in pioneer style, recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday including cedar Christmas trees draped with paper chains, popcorn strings, sweet gum and sycamore balls. Special holiday exhibits include the Children’s Display in the Hall of Fame, with toys and furniture made by loving parents and grandparents; and Granny Irwin’s traditional Christmas Crazy Quilt. “Christmas in Old Appalachia” runs from December 1 to December 24. The Museum is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to preserve the artifacts and culture of an earlier time for the benefit of future generations; and to instill in the community—regionally, nationally, and internationally—a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the Appalachian heritage. Christmas shoppers may browse the gift shop for unique regionally hand-crafted items—or simply rest by the fireside in wooden rockers. Hot, country-style lunches are served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Museum restaurant; home-made holiday desserts are available all day. For those seeking a unique gift, Museum memberships are available, providing a year of Museum visits and other benefits. As an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum also offers Smithsonian memberships in conjunction with its own memberships. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day in December except for Christmas Day. It is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122.
December 1, 2012 - December 24, 2012
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