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2015 Christmas Traditions From Around the World

11/23/2015 4:19:57 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The 8th Annual Christmas Traditions from Around the Worldreturns to The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame Thursday, December 3, from 7 pm until 9 pm. This popular event, which has become one of the highlights of the Holiday season, features the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas.

“People from around Lea County come to this Christmas event to begin their holiday celebrations,” said Mary Lyle, Director of Education. “The event has continued to grow since we first started, and we anticipate another sell out of tickets. We encourage visitors to buy their tickets now,” Lyle said.

Various bite-size foods representing numerous countries will be served, including fare from Germany, Iceland, Spain, India, Mexico, Ireland, Lebanon, Italy, Philippines, and Slovakia, plus foods representing Louisiana and the Western United States.

Over 45 imaginative and beautifully decorated trees will be erected throughout the Museum.  One special tree will honor service men and women at the “Patriotic Tree.”  The public can participate by bringing a photo of the person they want to honor to the Museum. Their photo will be scanned and the likeness of the service person will be displayed on the red, white and blue” Patriotic Tree.”

Bonnie Moran has loaned her fabulous North Pole Villages, for display again this year.  Mrs. Moran started collecting miniature Christmas Villages 25 years ago, adding pieces every year.  “The displays are some of the finest I’ve seen,” explained Museum Curator Erin Anderson, “It takes us two weeks to set up, but it’s also a lot of fun.” There are approximately 200 little houses, hundreds of tiny people, and animals in the display. The variety of villages is astonishing: everything from a “Northwoods Forest” scene to Santa’s “Reindeer Flight School,” to “Candy Land.” “There is something for everyone to enjoy,” noted Anderson. Bonnie Moran’s North Pole Villages will be on display December 3 through January 3, 2016.

Entertainment is a big part of the event. Victorian costumed carolers will roam the museum encouraging visitors to sing along with them.  Also performing are the very popular Mariachi San Francisco. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be ready for children to tell their Christmas gift wishes.  Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the moment.

The public will be able to do some of their Christmas shopping in the Museum Store for distinctive merchandise. “Each year we try to select unique items for special gifts that you can’t find elsewhere,” noted Lyle. Free gift wrapping will be available for purchases of $20 or more.

Tickets for Christmas Traditions from Around the World are on sale at the Museum. Adults are $10, children (3-12) are $5, and Seniors (65 and above) are $8. Tickets will be entered into a drawing for door prizes, which will be drawn during the event (need not be present to win). Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door.

For more information call 575-492-2678 or visit www.nmjc.edu/museum.

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