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Pennypacker Christmas Open Saturday

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Among the Victorian Christmas volunteers in years past were handbell musicians.

Among the Victorian Christmas volunteers in years past were handbell musicians.

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Sanatogans can ring in the Christmas season with a short trip and free visit Saturday (Dec. 13, 2008) to historic Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., for its annual Victorian Christmas open house.

View a 32-second video, above, of a handbell choir performing during Pennypacker’s Christmas open house in 2006. Press “Play.”

    For one day, volunteers and staff members at the Montgomery County (PA) historical site bring to life the Victorian Christmas holidays as living historians within each room of the mansion. A Victorian Santa Claus greets children, listens to their wish list, and rewards them (assuming they’ve been good, of course) with a candy cane.

    On display throughout the home are glittering ornaments and the glow of oil lamps. Guides will describe the history of Christmas during the early 20th century, and how so many of the traditions followed today began in places like Pennypacker Mills. Between 2 and 5 p.m., visitors also can watch as clear toy candy being made using vintage candy molds.

    The site’s Museum Shop also will be open for gift purchases, but be forewarned, only cash and checks are accepted.

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