TAMPA — How did rural Americans celebrate Christmas before malls, e-cards and twinkly electric lights? Experience a 19th-century Florida Christmas in the Country at Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Christmas in the Country will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Cracker Country is a living history museum that represents aspects of home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. During Christmas in the Country, guests can stroll through the four-acre complex and experience seasonal décor, music and traditions in 13 original buildings, including a train depot, historic homes, general store, post office, blacksmith shop and more. Guests can create holiday keepsakes like salt dough ornaments, beeswax candles, sachets and cornucopias, and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard.
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