We did some time traveling on Sunday and went back to December, 1863 to celebrate Christmas the way the Civil War soldiers did. The weather was fairly mild and I was able to work on my second red scarf while chatting with friends, drinking hot chocolate, and trying my best to look “period correct.” Here’s a recap of the day:
We roasted chestnuts on an open fire. I’ve never done this before and it was pretty cool. People loved seeing them cooking and they were absolutely delicious when they were done.
We strung popcorn and cranberries. This is Sarah, my friend Wendy’s daughter. She had a regular “pattern” going with the popcorn and cranberries and managed to finish 2 really pretty garlands before the afternoon was over.
We had a visit from Civil War Santa. During the Civil War the famed cartoonist Thomas Nast drew a rendition of Santa Claus in patriotic attire. Our friend Willy made this outfit himself and he really loves visiting the troops. Those are handknit socks he’s offering to the soldiers!
We even ended the day with a visit to the field hospital! Poor Dale. He’s had an infection in his finger for several days. Little did he know that dinner at Blogless Sharon’s house would include surgery on his finger by our good friend, Dr. Al! But we fortified him with some good bourbon and he handled it with his usual good nature and grace.
It was nice to get together with friends and celebrate in an old-fashioned way. I sure do feel fortified with the Christmas spirit.