Christmas at the Museum
12/9/2008 11:07:44 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. By all accounts, NMJC's Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame's "Christmas Traditions from around the World" on December 3, 2008, was a huge success.
With a crowd of nearly 500 who braved the chilly night to discover more about Christmas from other lands, the international holiday extravaganza delighted both young and old. There were designer Christmas trees to admire, live music, carols, storytelling, and costumed performers to enjoy, and foods and drinks from 13 different countries to sample. Not to mention that Santa stopped in to visit with children of all ages.
One European visitor remarked that it was "very generous" for the Museum to host such an event for the community, and graciously thanked everyone involved. She mentioned that it was probably a learning experience for Lea County to discover the Christmas customs of other lands while giving others, such as herself, a small taste of home at this time of year.
A number of door prizes were raffled in conjunction with the event. Mason Caviness of Seminole, Texas, won a 19" flat-screen TV/DVD combination; Tishe Kizziar of Hobbs won a Playstation 3; Gary Don Reagan of Hobbs won a designer wreath; Dennis Atherton of Hobbs won a 3-piece candle set; Anastacia Morales of Seminole, Texas, won an Ocotillo Park gift card; Judy Bromley of Hobbs won a decorative bowl; Robert Adams of Hobbs won a lamp and vase set; and Kendall Allen of Hobbs won a lamp, vase, and plate set.
According to Mary Lyle, who serves as the Museum's Education and Events Coordinator, she was "thrilled" with the community's response to the event. "It was heartwarming to see so many people involved -- and for such good causes. Portions of the proceeds went to the Lovington Toy Tea, which provides gifts and bicycles for deserving children in the Lovington schools. And another portion went to help sponsor the Phi Theta Kappa Lea County Foster Children's Christmas celebration, so it was very successful in that respect, as well."
Although most of the designer Christmas trees have since been delivered by Coach Black and the NMJC Golf Team to their respective buyers, Lyle insists there are a few trees left that are looking for homes. "We have a Victorian tree and a beautiful feathered tree and others that can still be purchased and delivered before Christmas," she said. "And there are numerous gifts in the Museum's gift shop that would be perfect for gift giving. I invite anyone who hasn't yet experienced the magic of a museum at Christmas to come on out and see for themselves."
The Museum's hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday, 1 - 5 pm. On Monday, group tours are offered by appointment only. Cost of admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors 65 and older, and $2 for students, with children 5 and under free of charge.
For more information about the Museum, call 575.392.6730.