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Museum to Host 3rd Annual "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" Event

Museum to Host 3rd Annual 11/29/2010 11:23:31 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Thursday, December 2, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, the Western Heritage Museum Complex will be holding its 3rd annual “Christmas Traditions from Around the World.”

This popular community event features elegantly decorated Christmas trees, food and drink samplings from 13 countries, music, strolling Victorian-costumed Christmas carolers, storytellers, door prizes, and, of course, Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with the children.

According to Mary Lyle, the Museum’s Education and Events Coordinator, the event this year will have two new countries represented—Russia and Slovakia—along with a different part of the United States—New England. The event was instituted to give members of the community the opportunity to share their heritages and holiday traditions.

This year, the committee members have put together a book of recipes and traditions that will be on sale in the Museum’s gift shop. “We have had many requests for the recipes, so we thought we’d offer them to the public this year,” Lyle said. In the book, recipes can be found for “pierogi” from Poland, “Boston baked beans” from New England, “cannoli” from Italy, “hot chocolate” from Mexico, “Vanillekipferln” from Germany, “shortbread” from Scotland, and more. The instructions for the American Prairie “rag doll” will be included as well.

Also new this year is a Christmas tree dedicated to those who are serving or have served in the military. The “Military Service Tree” was the brainchild of Susan Crutchfield, who serves as chair for the Christmas Tree Committee. Crutchfield wanted to find a way to remember our service men and women, some who are far from home this holiday season. Anyone who would like to honor their special military service person can do so by bringing by a snapshot with the name and the branch of the military in which that person is serving or has served. The snapshot will be scanned and returned.

According to Lyle, the event actually begins before visitors enter the Museum. “Although the weather didn’t cooperate last year,” said Lyle, “this season we intend to put over 400 luminarias around the Museum.” Lyle, who grew up in Albuquerque, stated that one of her fondest Christmas memories was of strolling through the Old Town Plaza on Christmas Eve every year. “I hope that we can create a similar effect at our event,” she said. “Calvin Smith has enlisted the help of the local Boy Scouts, so if weather permits, it might just come together this time.”

Tickets for “Christmas Traditions from Around the World” cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Admission tickets will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. The grand prize is a 32” flat-screen TV donated by Ashley Furniture. As in the past, part of the proceeds will go to benefit NMJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s annual foster children’s Christmas party. Tickets are on sale at the Museum and at the Center for the Arts in downtown Hobbs. “There are a limited amount of tickets,” Lyle noted, “and the event always fills up early, so we recommend buying tickets immediately.” For more information, please call 575.392.6730.

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