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Christmas in Zoar

December 8th, 2008

Yesterday Mr Chiots and I and some friends headed down to Christmas in Zoar. The whole town is decorated up for the holidays with fresh greens on every fence and every door decorated with wreaths and fruit. Several of the houses are open for touring and they are also decorated up with trees and other decorations. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.

We started off the day at our home with a delicious brunch of oatmeal and lemon pancakes with blackberry syrup, local sausage from the farmer’s market, roasted local potatoes and some farm fresh eggs. After filling up we bundled up and headed down to Zoar. It was a cold cold day, 20 feels like 5, BRRRRRRR.

It didn’t feel too cold as we walked around enjoying all the decorations and the beautiful gardens in the winter (I really need to go down there in the summer to walk around). Since the houses were all built in the 1820’s many of them have been restored and have traditional gardens surrounding them. It’s always interesting to see how others decorate their gardens for the winter.

Touring the insides of the homes is also very interesting. Each year there are different houses open, which is nice so it’s not the same each year. Most of them are decorated with vintage feather trees and glass ornaments.

You just can’t beat a day like to that for putting you in the Christmas spirit.

What kinds of things do you like to do to kick off the season?

Christmas in Zoar

December 3rd, 2008

Mr Chiot’s and I are huge fans of little local festivals. We really prefer the ones of historic origin like the Algonquin Mill Festival. Each year we kick off our Christmas season with a day at Christmas in Zoar. It’s such a fun event.

Start your holiday season with a visit to Zoar Village during Christmas in Zoar December 6, and 7, 2008. The historic village recreates many of the Christmas customs of the German Separatists who settled in Zoar in 1817, and includes the Krist Kind, who will distribute candy and sweets to good boys and girls.

The aroma of ginger cookies will waft from the Zoar Bakery, where cider will be served along with the cookies, and German Stollen and Bread will be available to take home, all made from Zoar recipes.

Saturday at 5 p.m. a Christmas Concert will be presented in the Zoar United Church of Christ, followed by a candlelight procession to the Zoar Garden and the Lighting of the Christ Tree.

Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission, good for both days of the festival, is $6 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. All proceeds from this event are used to preserve historic Zoar Village.

So if any of my local readers are looking for a great way to kick off their holiday season head down to Zoar for the festival. My only piece of advice is to skip the tree lighting (trust me it’s not what you think!).

Anyone else have any great local Christmas festivals of activities you like to take part in?

Update: here’s my post about our trip this year: Christmas in Zoar Holiday Decor

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.