A Christmas Rich in Tradition
Take a break from the bustle of the modern holiday and partake in the rich pleasures of an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A 19th Century Christmas takes place Dec. 2, 11 am-4 pm.
A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire.
Throughout the day, guests of all ages can join in parlor games, make ornaments, and create pomanders. Father Christmas will be available for visits and photos.
19th Century Christmas has its roots in the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. On Christmas, Fort Nisqually’s manager regularly gave “the best rations the place could afford” — typically meat, flour, molasses, sugar and tallow — to the Fort’s laborers. The Native Americans named the holiday “Hyas Sunday,” Chinook jargon for “Big Sunday.” Dancing and singing were recorded in the Fort’s historical journals.
Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Guests experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store.
Event admission is $5-$8, and children 4 and younger are free. For more information call (253) 591-5339.