In Great Britain, it is considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. Legend is told that in the year 1066, King William of Britain was saved by a chimney sweep, who pushed him out of the way of a runaway horse and carriage. As a reward, the king invited the chimney sweep to his daughter’s wedding. Ever since, it has been considered to be good luck to have a chimney sweep at a wedding or special event!
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Around the world, “Santa” is known by many names—Father Christmas, Saint Nick, Santa Claus—and takes many forms. Every Christmas, we like to take a look at different versions of Santa Claus from around the world. Learn More
Next to the Christmas tree, the nativity is perhaps the most recognizable Christmas decoration, depicting the birth of Christ in a stable surrounded by Mary and Joseph and the shepherds’ flocks. Joyce was inspired to create this series in the color pallet of an 18th century Italian Precipio on display in our Christmas Museum. She plans to continue to introduce several new figures each year until the collection is complete. Come and visit our Christmas Museum and see our collection of over 100 handcrafted nativities from all over the world. Learn More
Travel in the 1800s was very different than it is today. Without cars, people traveled by foot, horse or stagecoach. In 1861, Mark Twain describes the stagecoach in his book “Roughing It” as a cradle on wheels. In fact, because of its unique construction, the stagecoach rocked as it moved instead of bouncing on steel springs. However, many of Twain’s fellow travelers might have disagreed — poor weather, uneven roads, and the fear of bandits made stagecoach travel anything but comfortable!
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