Haldimand County Museum and Archives announces holiday program lineup at Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre

Haldimand County Museum and Archives is hosting a number of programs and an exhibition this December, highlighting various traditions of Christmas. Programs take place at the Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre, located at 19 Talbot Street West, Cayuga.

Good Tidings We Bring: Christmas in Words – December 7 at 6 p.m.

This presentation focuses on the history of Christmas cards – a custom that began in the United Kingdom in 1843 and continues today with the expression and exchange of warm wishes in the form of holiday greetings.

Christmas Trends, Traditions and Toys – December 8 at 1 p.m.

Christmas trends, traditions and toys is the theme for this presentation. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa—and a few carrots for his reindeer—became a North American holiday tradition in the 1930’s. In 1965, The Coca-Cola Company sponsored a Charlie Brown Christmas television special that became one of the most beloved Christmas shows of all times.

Christmas Traditions and Customs – December 14 at 6 p.m.

This presentation examines Christmas traditions and customs. The custom of “decking the halls” came from the British Isles. Decorations were natural and included pine cones, nuts, holly berries, feathers and chains made of cranberries and popcorn.

At the Christmas Table – December 15 at 2 p.m.

Join us as we step back in time and enjoy some “tastes” from the past including a description of a 1780’s Christmas menu prepared by our early ancestors and comprising of wild turkey, venison, mince pies and plum pudding.

The cost for each program is $10 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment must be completed either online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building (53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga). Proof of vaccination will be required. For more information, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca.