Saturday, December 1, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Decorating Colonial Williamsburg

Have you been to Colonial Williamsburg at Christmastime? Already picturesque, this 18th century town encompasses the spirit of Christmas and you pray that it will snow so that you can immerse yourself in the simple beauty of it all. The brisk weather, traditional holiday decorations, and shoppes filled with seasonal treats (like hot apple cider!) make the month of December an absolutely wonderful time of year to visit the Revolutionary City.

I came across a nifty little video that shows some of the work that goes on behind the scenes for the holiday decorations at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

It takes about 14 gardeners working full time to keep the fresh and dried wreaths looking lovely throughout the Christmas season. This special team manages the decorations for 88 exhibition buildings and for any other historic homes unoccupied during the month.

Twelve carpenters work to hang all of the wreaths, some weighing as much as fifty pounds.
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/ Susan Reimer

Each morning, these folks are up before the sun: checking the wreaths and other adornments for freshness and wear, making adjustments, and replacing any greenery that isn't up to their high standards.

Depending on the weather, these elegant decorations are a labor of love that are sometimes replaced several times within the month.

If you are in the Virginia Beach area during the month of December, illuminate your holiday spirit with a day-trip to this quaint, historic town. (Remember to bundle up! You'll be doing a lot of walking outdoors and the average temperatures will be around 40 degrees. Brrrrrr)

Happy Holidays! Mit

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