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November 23, 2007

Tradition of Christmas tree returns to CW's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

“O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; How often has the Christmas tree Afforded me the greatest glee!” These lines from the classic carol “O Christmas Tree” can refer to the tradition of Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum tree and the joy it gave employees, volunteers and guests over the years. Now that the new facility is open, the tradition returns with the placement of a 16-foot tree in the museum central court that is surrounded by beautiful silver and gold stars.

The ornaments made by volunteers, staff and museum guests over many years are based on objects in the folk art collection. Family programs offered this year allowed guests to make ornaments to take home or donate to the museum tree. Guests are welcome to attend ornament-making workshops that continue through the holiday season.

Carved wooden frogs, tin angels and white doves are new additions to the tree. They hang among the gingerbread jumping jacks that are made annually by the Colonial Williamsburg commissary, adding a delightful holiday scent and a sense of whimsy.

Explore the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the art that provided the inspiration for these treasured ornaments. The museum Christmas tree will be on view through Jan. 1, 2008.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1- March 16, 2008. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

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

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