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Deck your halls with WILLIAMSBURG ornaments this holiday season

WILLIAMSBURG offers several beautiful ornaments sure to become a tradition in your family’s home. Perfect to commemorate a visit to the Historic Area or as a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list this holiday season.

The Christmas tree tradition was introduced to Williamsburg in the 1840s by a German professor at the College of William and Mary. That first tree is re-created each year in the parlor of the St. George Tucker House. The Tree of Toys Annual Sterling Ornament captures the spirit of the holidays in Williamsburg. The ornament’s toys and decorations are based on antiques in the Colonial Williamsburg collections and delights of the season as celebrated in the historic town since its restoration in the 1930s. Designed in beautiful sterling silver, $100.

The silver-plated Carriage Gate Lantern Ornament is a tribute to the lanterns throughout the Historic Area. In centuries past, lanterns were crucial for safe travel when there was no moonlight. Today, the “Lanthorn Tour” is a popular way to visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades shops in the evening. The finely detailed ornament is based on a lantern designed for the east carriage gate of the Governor’s Palace. Silver-plated with glass windows and enamel flame. $20.

Join in celebrating the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums’ 50th anniversary with the Fife and Drum Ornaments. The stirring sounds of Fifes and Drums led 18th-century troops on maneuvers and through chaotic battles. Today, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifers and Drummers keep the sounds alive as they parade down Duke of Gloucester Street. Bring the pageantry home with these crisply detailed, hand-printed ornaments. The scrolls they stand on can be personalized with a permanent pen. The collection includes four ornaments each created from cast resin. Drummer, $10. Flag Bearer, $10. Fifer, $10. Fifer, Drummer and Flag Bearer, Set/3, a special value at $28.

Williamsburg ornaments may be purchased at Colonial Williamsburg retail locations, by phone at 1-800-446-9240, and at the retail website, www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com.

The WILLIAMSBURG brand offers fresh, spirited designs in all categories of home and gift. With products inspired by the 18th century and designed for today’s lifestyle, WILLIAMSBURG is the preeminent leader of American style. The Colonial Williamsburg Products Program includes 60 licensees producing more than 7,000 products under the WILLIAMSBURG and WILLIAMSBURG Reserve brands. It operates 24 retail stores, a mail-order catalog, and website. Sales of WILLIAMSBURG products support the preservation, research and educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that oversees the restored colonial capital in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information, call 1-800-414-6291 or visit www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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