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Behind the Scenes: How we decorate ‘Four Centuries of Christmas’ at The Gables

Planning is underway to “deck the halls” of our historic site for our Four Centuries of Christmas Tour that runs the month of December.

What does it take to prepare a historic site for the holidays — especially one that spans centuries of New England history? Using a variety of books and interviews, we conduct research to determine the appropriate decorative touches for each time-period. The second step is ensuring the holiday plan is up to museum standards — no live flames, greens, or food items. Unique and period-appropriate decorations to adorn our historic homes are then shopped for to pull the holiday theme together.

As our Collections and Visitor Services team decorates the National Historic District site, we’ll unpack our totes, check batteries in our flickering candles, and place toys and gifts under our replica 1904 Christmas tree. The dining room table will have place settings and a “meal” Susanna Ingersoll herself might have enjoyed. Wreaths will be hung, holly added, and the holiday spirit will certainly be in the air.

Don’t miss our Four Centuries of Christmas tour, running daily December 1 – 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Date: October 31, 2019

Author: Sarah Garriepy

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