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The Evolution of Christmas

Kathy Maher, Executive Director and Curator of The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport will present a special program, “The Evolution of Christmas” on Weds., December 12 at 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, located on 295 West Ave. in Norwalk.

Maher will explain and show pictures of how the idea of Christmas became woven into American tradition based on an evolution of the tales and traditions during the Victorian era. Maher will chronicle the development from the 19th Century holiday season through present day.

Patrons will learn how the Christmas tree and other traditions such as family meals and décor became important parts of our 20thand now 21st Century family festivities. From sugared fruits and homemade ornaments, to glass decorations and the earliest electric tree lights, the presentation will be a wonderful journey into holidays past.

The cost of the program is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and includes a light lunch and tour of the first floor of the mansion following the lecture. For more information and reservations or 203-838-9799 ext. 4.

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To learn more about The Barnum Museum’s current Recovery in Action exhibition Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. through January 4, 2013 and programs visit: or call 203-331-1104. You can also visit the museum on Facebook, view past programs at or communicate on Twitter @BarnumMuseum.