Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Dicken's Christmas

It was a beautiful day yesterday, so we went to a little local town on a lake.

Every weekend before Christmas this little town celebrates Christmas with a group of people dressed as characters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" wandering the streets and shops.  This year we HAD to go because one of our homeschooling friends had the prime role of TINY TIM!  Here he is with "Mrs. Cratchit."

And on the shoulders of "Mr. Cratchit," after saying his famous line, "God bless us every one."

As a bonus, the girls found out that one of their friends from the summer Shakespeare camp that they always attend was acting as a townsperson and helping to lead the caroling.  FUN!  And she has a BEAUTIFUL voice!

It was quite a time.  Here's Father Christmas on the gazebo.
This was the first year we participated in the sing-along with all of the characters and extras--I'm SO glad we did!  They did a FABULOUS job!  I definitely want to make sure we're there next year for it, too!  We try to attend yearly to see the characters wandering the streets, but the caroling was just icing on the cake!

Here's a sly look from the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I wish we could have gotten a photo of "Jacob Marley" too--what a makeup job!  So many of the costumes were simply amazing.

A local "extra" up to a bit of mischief.

And one mustn't forget the "Temperance Ladies!"

All of us listening to a proclamation from the leader of ceremonies.

How couldn't I be in the Christmas spirit now?!
Happy Christmas!


  1. Great, Amazing. I'd love to be there

  2. What a lovely tradition that town has. Thanks for sharing your delightful day and
    may you and your wonderful family have a warm and joyous Christmas! Love, Laura

  3. hat a lovely post. Thanks for sharing it all.
    A x

  4. That looks like such a wonderful day. One year the BBC turned the town I lived in into the set for A Christmas Carol, but as I was only 6 I barely remember it. I should try and hunt it down I suppose!

    Hope you and your family have a great Christmas

  5. Wonderful. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    Cheryl, Merry Christmas to you and your family, bears too (of course). (o:

    All of Us

  6. Cheryl, your pictures brought me back in time as if I were really there. Beautiful, you really captured the spirit of the story and the costumes are fabulous! Merry Christmas, Judi

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos of our day that Matt took. It really is SUCH a fun tradition.

  8. Is this in NY, or MI... or somewhere too far away? XD

  9. This is in New York state, Heather. Thanks for asking!

  10. How lovely. As Tiny Tim said, 'A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!'

  11. Beautiful tradition Cheryl, thanks for sharing all the lovely photos, I loved them all!
    Have the most happiest Christmas with your family.
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

  12. Oh, Cheryl -- so touched!
    Blessed Christmas to you,
    Tiny Tim's mum....

  13. What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. HOw lucky you all are to have this happening near by.

    Merry Christmas


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