The inside of the barn wasn't exactly what I expected. Apparently, they have a couple festivals each year and the barn is equipped for serving meals. There were only 4 or 5 tables, so it was pretty cozy.
|The cutest in-laws ever|
|I invited my friend Amy to be my date since my husband was working -- and probably wouldn't have enjoyed the evening as much as we did :)|
Dinner was very casual. When you walked in the barn there was a table with crock pots and roasters. You could choose from a couple of entrees. I picked the chicken and noodles. It was a tasty choice for a cool rainy night. Not pictured is the raisin pie I shared with my father-in-law.
After we ate we toured the Anderson Mansion that was completely decked out for Christmas. I took the description from the Chamber of Commerce website.
In 1883, the original residence, built by John Anderson, was a one-story structure, but as the Anderson family grew, so did the house. The second story, the attic and tower were added in 1892. Several special features set the 13-room house apart from other homes of that time period: two large double-columned porches, two elaborate bay windows, eight fireplaces, a large stained glass window purchased at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and unique folding window shutters. Throughout the house, beautifully restored solid oak staircases, woodwork and pocket doors illustrate the craftsmanship of that era.
I loved the arched doorways and all the decorative wood work.
The kitchen was decorated with cinnamon ornaments and gingerbread cookies. We enjoyed checking out all the old kitchen accessories. The pantry was full of vintage (antique) food packages.
I picked Her Lord and Master off the shelf and turned to a random page. It is interesting how much the meaning of words can change over time. I would be curious to read the whole book to see if it was intended to be as spicy as the modern use of words may have indicated.
This Christmas tree brought out a whole different emotion. One I still can't quite identify :) There is a small part of me that thinks I might need it.
After we toured the mansion we headed over to a new building where they had handmade items for sale. I wanted to call them crafts, but they are more works of art. I thought these lights were very clever.
I am obsessed with Christmas ornaments. This little birds are made from gourds. I found their gigantic beaks a little comical.
Our family is of Dutch decent and we have celebrated St. Nicholas day since we were kids. We have carried the tradition on as adults with our own families. "St. Nick" must have done a little last minute shopping at the mansion because I got a perfect little crocheted Christmas mouse ornament that I remember seeing the night before :) My husband will be adding to his Star Wars ornament collecting with a sparkly Yoda.
What small traditions do you have that calm you in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season?