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Christmas Traditions from Around the World

11/25/2014 4:51:20 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will present the 7th Annual Christmas Traditions from Around the World on Thursday, December 4, from 7 pm until 9 pm. This popular event, which has become one of the highlights of the Holiday season, features the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas.

“We are always delighted to see the way the community come together on this special night,” said Mary Lyle, Director of Education. “This event has continued to grow since we first started, and we anticipate that we will sell out of tickets,” Lyle said.

Entertainment is a big part of the event. Victorian costumed carolers are one of the big attractions, along with the very popular Mariachi San Francisco. And the little ones will want to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Parents are encourage to bring their cameras to capture the moment.

Imaginative and beautifully decorated trees adorn all parts of the Museum.  One special tree will honor service men and women at the “Patriotic Tree.”  The public can participate by bringing a photo of the person they want to honor to the Museum. Their photo will be scanned and the likeness of the service person will be displayed on the red, white and blue ”Patriotic Tree.”

Bonnie Moran has loaned her fabulous North Pole Villages, for display this year.  Mrs. Moran started collecting miniature Christmas Villages 24 years ago, and has added pieces every year since.  “Although it is a lot of work,” explained Museum Curator Erin Anderson, “it’s also a lot of fun.” “It takes you back to your childhood,” said Museum Associate, Tye Gamble. There are approximately 200 little houses, hundreds of tiny people, and animals in the display. The variety of villages is astonishing: everything from a “Northwoods Forest” scene, to Santa’s “Reindeer Flight School,” to “Candy Land.” “There is something for everyone to enjoy,” noted Anderson. Bonnie Moran’s North Pole Villages will be on display December 4 through January 4, 2015.

If you are looking for a special gift, check out the Museum Store. “We have some unique merchandise this year,” noted Lyle. “We try to select the kind of items that are not available anywhere else.” Discounts are offered to Museum members and New Mexico Junior College employees.

Tickets for Christmas Traditions from Around the World are on sale at the Museum. Adults are $10, children (3-12) are $5, and Seniors (65 and above) are $8. Your ticket will be entered into a drawing for door prizes, which will be drawn during the event. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door.

For more information call 575-492-2678 or visit our website www.nmjc.edu/museum.

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