BATON ROUGE – Sights, sounds, and all the 19th century trimmings of Christmas time in the country will come alive during the LSU Rural Life Museum’s annual “A Rural Life Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the museum, located within Burden Museum & Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane, just off Interstate 10.
Sometimes, as we grow older, we seem to forget what it was like growing up during much simpler times as in our youth. “A Rural Life Christmas” offers visitors the chance to smell the freshly cut greenery from smilax vines, Ponderosa Pines and, of course, experience what’s cooking in the period open hearth kitchen. A slice of gingerbread anyone?
Candlelight and cypress wreaths will adorn each building to add to the old-fashioned Louisiana Christmas atmosphere. Costumed re-enactors and artisans will perform various activities such as candle making, soap making, blacksmithing, rosary crafting, textiles, doll making and much more. Wagon rides will be offered for everyone to enjoy. In the museum’s store, visitors will be able to find many of the artisans’ handcrafted pieces for sale.
Nineteenth-century yard games and storytelling by local professionals will also take place throughout the day. A visit from Papa Noel concludes the day’s festivities, along with a bonfire.
Admission to the event will be $9 per person and children 10 years and under free. Jambalaya and gumbo dinners will be made available.
To learn more about the event, about the Rural Life Museum or about Burden Museum & Gardens, call 225-763-3990 or visit www.discoverburden.com.