Victorian Christmas comes to Columbus

By Brittany Dionne - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -- For those who celebrate Christmas, family traditions are really what make the season special. We listen to Christmas songs, decorate the tree, and watch Christmas movies, but what was Christmas like over a century ago? Folks from all over are coming to the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus to find out.

Christmas cheer fills the air at the National Civil War Navel Museum, but it's not any kind of Christmas cheer, it's Victorian. Museum Director Ken Johnson said it's, "The Spirit of giving, the spirit of fun, the spirit of community."

Stepping back a couple of centuries, guests enjoyed museum tours, shows, and the best part of all, "Santa Clause is here! He's a great Santa. He's from the 18th century!" said Richard Sims, a Santa visitor.

Dressed in traditional garb, Santa took pictures with every child and taught them a history lesson, "The soldiers on the field on both sides, the confederates as well as the union army would ask for Christmas boxes which would contain the wealth of the home from pantry from turkeys and hams and cakes and pies and jams and jellies."

Richard and his sister Sarah could not contain their excitement to tell Santa exactly what they wanted. Sarah told Santa she wants, "Another American girl doll a four wheeler!" While her brother Richard says he wants, "An iPad, tickets to a football game, and like a four-wheeler or boat for the family."

While the elves hurry to finish all the toys, Santa says there's one thing all the kids around the world should not forget, "Leave me some cookies, my favorite diet food, Ho! Ho! Ho!"

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