Kids would sit around the kitchen table with mom crafting ornaments, wreaths and cards, family keepsakes that would last for years. It was also an excellent way to keep little hands busy (and little minds occupied) waiting for the day when the Big Guy "tarnished with ashes and soot" would somehow make his way down the chimney with a bound. How did he do that?
Unwrapping those heirlooms every December brought back a flood of memories of holidays past, that is if the mice hadn't eaten the strings of popcorn and cranberries.
Those days are alive and well at Ijams.
This Saturday, December 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is our 28th Annual Holiday Craft Party.
Celebrate the holiday season with this recycled craft open house. Learn how to reuse common household items to make fun and festive gifts and decorations like candles, cards and ornaments. Creative keepsakes that will become family heirlooms. Cost: $2 for Ijams members, $5 for non-members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.
- Text and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales
|The garland at the entrance to the Visitor Center is mostly boxwood from the original shrubs |
planted by Alice Ijams over 60 years ago.