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Celebrate Victorian Christmas by candlelight at Macaulay House

Francine Blais one of more than two dozen Friends of Macaulay House who welcome guests to enjoy a traditional Christmas.

Francine Blais one of more than two dozen Friends of Macaulay House who welcome guests to enjoy a traditional Christmas.

Enjoy the wonder and simplicity of a Victorian Christmas as Macaulay House in Picton hosts its last of three weekends Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-6p.m.

The halls are decked in traditional 1850s style and guides dressed in period costume are available to show you around, answer questions and share customs.

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Amelie Kulker shared the story of the Christmas pickle for visitors to the dining room.

Visitors should ask about the tradition of the Christmas tree pickle and why there would be strings hanging from the light in the dining room.

Virginia Mitchell and Maryanne Malachowski served up soup and a cookie to Kate Jones

Virginia Mitchell and Maryanne Malachowski served up soup and a cookie to Kate Jones

The heart of the home, of course, is the kitchen where volunteers are cooking up samples such as soup, cookies and Welsh cakes over an oven fire.

Alma Mabee spoke about activities and furniture in the children's room

Alma Mabee spoke about activities and furniture in the children’s room

Head curator Jennifer Lyons demonstrated popular games such as  'whimmy diddle' and Jacob's Ladder

Head curator Jennifer Lyons demonstrated popular games such as ‘whimmy diddle’ and Jacob’s Ladder

Don Metcalf in period costume for night time.

Don Metcalf in period costume for night time.

Margaret Davies welcomes visitors to the Candlelight Wassail, in the parlour.

Margaret Davies welcomes visitors to the Candlelight Wassail, in the parlour.

Wassail by Candlelight is at 35 Church St., Picton.

On Sunday, enjoy cider and sweets at a Settler’s Christmas at the Ameliasburgh Museum’s Log Cabin – part of Christmas in Ameliasburgh activities that include horse-drawn wagon rides and crafts at the library. See below:

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