My parents came in town for thanksgiving and we all went to the Genessee Country Museum for their getting ready for the holidays festival. The "museum" is actually an entire village where they have moved old homes from around the new york state that date back to the early 19th century and rebuilt the homes to create an old fashioned town. Everyone who works there is dressed to fit the early 1800's and uses only the tools and materials that would have been used at that time. They know the history of each house that has been moved their as well. They day that we went they were having a preparing for christmas season festival where all the people in the houses were doing things that they would have done to get ready for the holiday. They were roasting chestnuts, preparing old fashion hot chocolate (wasn't too bad) , applesauce, stew and sausages (a lot of work), making soap to store for the winter, butchering a pig, sewing winter clothes and singing carols. I always say that I would have liked to live around Jane Austen's time but in reality I'm pretty sure I'm not tough enough (actually I'm positive). First of all I'm a wimp about the cold, a picky eater, and have no real house-making skills. If I went back in time I would have to do it with out having any memory of what it is like in the future or else I would never stop whining and complaining. And I would have to some how manage to find me a rich man to marry so I could survive :). It was fun to step back in time for a day, but it made me feel very grateful to live in the time period that I do. I mean think about going to the dentist back then.... it's a scary thought.
|(trying the applesauce, it was really sour. she kept wanting more though)|