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NMJC's Western Heritage Museum to Host International Christmas Event

NMJC's Western Heritage Museum to Host International Christmas Event photo 11/22/2008 10:17:34 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will be celebrating Christmas this year with a decidedly international twist.

On Wednesday, December 3, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, the Museum, elegantly decorated with a number of designer Christmas trees, will be hosting "Christmas Traditions from around the World," with food and drink samplings from 13 countries, including Austria, Britain, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, and the U.S. Live performances, costumes, and traditional Christmas carols throughout the evening will complete the event.

According to Mary Lyle, the Museum's Education and Events Coordinator, the theme selected this year is meant to reflect the changing face of Lea County as visitors from numerous cultures begin to call this area home and bring holiday traditions with them. "It's not only educational, it's also great fun to learn more about someone else's traditions. This event is one small way we can begin to discover more about one another while making the holidays a little more familiar to some of our new friends and neighbors who are far from home," she said.

More than ten unique designer Christmas trees for sale have been placed throughout the Museum and reflect a variety of themes and prices. In addition to the International tree, there is Western Chic, Old World, Black Gold, Kitchen, Santa's Workshop, Victorian, Flights of Fancy, USA, Traditional, plus a few others.

The majority of trees were decorated by hostesses of the Lovington Toy Tea, which provides bicycles and presents for needy students in the Lovington schools. Started four years ago by Dianna Gandy, her mother-in-law, and her grandmother as a way to ensure that all schoolchildren in their town had something for Christmas, the Lovington Toy Tea has grown today to 14 hostesses and includes Gandy, Susan Crutchfield, Sandy Templeman, Robyn Acosta, Carmen Duncan, Lisa Karger, Tammie Teague, MJ Hand-Lawrence, Johnette Fields, Janie A. Hernandez, Alta Gandy, Claire Halsell, Susie Brown, Marilyn Hartgraves, Donna Medlin, Kim Fulfer, Cheryl Gandy, and Tabby Gandy. A portion of the proceeds of the Museum event will benefit the Toy Tea.

Also benefiting will be NMJC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which annually provides a holiday party for the foster children of Lea County. Throughout the year, members of PTK hold various fundraisers for the event, which traditionally serves approximately 150 foster children. According to Maria Vick, sponsor for PTK, financial assistance from this year's Museum event would make a significant difference for the organization's ability to help treat the children to a festive event.

Tickets for "Christmas Traditions from around the World" cost $4 for adults and $2 for children 3-12 years of age. Children two and under are free. Admission tickets will be entered into a drawing for a flat-screen TV /DVD combo or Playstation 3. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum, or for more information call the Museum at 392-6730.

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