A beautiful Portsmouth home we saw on our walk over to Strawbery Banke.
At Strawbery Banke
This was the first time we went to the Candlelight Stroll, and we were so pleased that we are determined to make it a tradition. St. Nick, in his long, velvet robes strolled the grounds all night, as did carolers and a town crier. There were also horse-drawn carriage rides. All the paths were lined with atmospheric, magical lighting and lanterns. It all gave the sense of an old-fashioned, idyllic Christmas.
We became members of Strawbery Banke that night, and in doing so we were able to gain access to a home only open to members, where we were treated with cookies, chocolate truffles, cider, punch, and a pressed glass Christmas tree ornament. What a fabulous surprise!
The historic homes were all decorated for the holidays, each decorated in differing eras of history. Though most homes were decorated for Christmas, the Shapiro home was decorated for Hanukkah during the 1940's. Each house was so intriguing.
Historic re-enactors decorating the tree
In one home, we were able to sit down and enjoy harpsichord music. It was a nice break from the cold to sit in the warm home and just take in music that made you feel as if you went back in time.
Lighted garland lining the path
I was so envious of this collection of pewter!
More beautiful Christmas decor in more beautiful homes.
This home is not in Strawbery Banke, but right outside the property, and it was gorgeous too! The whole town is!
As this is probably my last post before Christmas, I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday, filled with love, peace and hope!