December 24, 2014

Preparing for the Holidays

'Twas the night before Christmas and I thought I should say: have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy Holiday!

"Now, Dasher!  Now, Dancer!  Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
"On, Comet!  On, Cupid!  On, Donner and Blitzen!
"To the top of the porch!  To the top of the wall!
"Now dash away!  Dash away!  Dash away all!"
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Before I snuggle down for my long winter's nap, I wanted to recap Preparing for the Holidays at the Genesee Country Village and Museum!  The annual Preparing for the Holidays event, which took place Saturday, November 22, featured activities that 19th century folks did to get ready for winter and holiday gift-giving.  For the day, Hosmer's Inn was turned into an 1850s restaurant, serving homemade sausages, sauerkraut, baked potatoes and piping hot drinks.

As the last "experience day" of my internship for credit, I was asked to be one of the servers and stayed in the back kitchen with Ariana, a fellow interpreter.  While Ariana dished out food, my main responsibility was filling drink orders - brewing coffee, teas and hot chocolate and battling with the cold to keep the drinks palatable.  Despite the cold, my fellow coworkers made the day pass smoothly and with good cheer, leaving me looking forward to future museum events!

And just to prepare for the holiday's festivities, I made a new, madder-colored plaid pinner apron!

Front, Side & Back View of Apron.

Made from 100% cotton homespun, every stitch of the apron is hand-sewn - and, I am quite proud of the result.


  1. Love the apron, and such a great color against the green dress!

  2. WWWOOOOWWWW!! I am in love with the color of the apron against the dress!! It is so very "back then" looking!! And to have hand sewin the whole thing? Job very well done!!

    1. Thank you, Gina! It's for wear at work, where anything visible to the public has to be hand sewn, so I am so very happy to hear that its "back then looking!"