Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cowboys and Cocoa and Christmas Around the World!

Wow!  December has really been a whirlwind!  We at the museum kicked off the Christmas season with Cowboys and Cocoa during the Georgetown annual Stroll event.  A cowboy and several ladies came by to hand out hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies to the hungry pedestrians on the square that evening.
Cowboy Joe Gonzalez serves hot cocoa and cookies

Today, we celebrated the several immigrant cultures that are found in Williamson County with our Christmas Around the World event.  Jan Faubion shared her expertise about how to make traditional Swedish straw ornaments, while Round Rock Ballet Folklorico came and taught us about the Mexican Posada tradition.  To top it all off, we had the Taylor Czech Chorus out to sing traditional Czech Christmas carols!  The children who visited the museum during the event made traditional ornaments from the Mexican, Swedish, Czech, and German traditions.  We had many luminarias, pickle ornaments, woven Swedish heart basket ornaments, and German scherenschnitt schneeflocke (scissor cut snow flakes) running through the museum!
Jan Faubion teaches the children about Swedish straw ornaments

Children making Czech pickle ornaments

A member of Round Rock Ballet Folklorico teaches our volunteers about the 7 points on the pinata

The Taylor Czech Chorus sings Czech carols

It was a wonderful event and was a great way to really get into the Christmas spirit.  I hope that wherever you are, you may also feel the warmth and goodwill that we felt here in the museum today.  Happy Holidays!

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