It’s that time of year, Christmas merchandise has already started to fill the malls, and the beginning of the commercial holiday season is looming ever closer. In the heritage field a lot of organizations are beginning to plan and develop exhibits and activities that coincide with the upcoming holidays.
As a child, one of my favourite holiday related exhibits was put on by the Dufferin County Museum and Archives. It focused on old toys and games. I remember thinking it was like seeing a window into the holidays off the past. A lot of museums and archives use the holiday season to display items from their collection relating to the holidays, winter, and seasonal celebrations.
Many heritage organizations also use the holidays to their advantage by holding fundraisers and seasonal workshops. Bake sales, wreath making tutorials, Christmas teas, food drives, and craft/art shows are some of the common fundraisers. Heritage house and light tours are also often undertaken during the holiday season.
What are some of your heritage holiday memories? What is your institution doing in preparation for the upcoming holiday season?
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