What was Christmas really like in the 1800s? Instead of gathering around a large HDTV, families came together in front of a crackling fire. Candles flickered a welcome to travelers who braved snowy roads on horseback or came by carriage.
Those same houses still shelter families, even if they do gather around the TV, and their traditional decorations extend the same warm welcome. Enjoy the candlelit beauty of a Brandywine Christmas, with the help of the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s 25th Annual Candlelight Christmas, as three area homes proudly display their seasonal finery.
The private homes, plus two businesses housed in historic buildings and the Barns-Brinton House, will be on display from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are available at the Barn Visitors Center or at the Chadds Ford branches of the Citadel Federal Credit Union and Bryn Mawr Trust. For more information, call 610.388.7376 or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.