Two special Christmas celebrations

Two special Christmas celebrations are scheduled for the first weekend in December – Christmas in Zoar takes place on December 2nd and 3rd, and Christmas on the Hoover Farm will take place on December 3, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Christmas customs of the German village of Zoar include the famous Christmas trees made from pine branches inserted into a drilled broomstick. The German Separatists who settled Zoar in 1817 were such conservationists they wouldn’t think of cutting down a real tree to make a holiday decoration.

Christmas in Zoar features all of their old-world customs, along with holiday crafts and tours of private homes and museums. Gift and antique shops will be open along with the restored buildings operated by the Ohio Historical Society along with the restored Town Hall, now a museum of the Ohio & Erie Canal and Zoar History, with a gift shop of Zoar memorabilia.

On Saturday and Sunday evening the entire village will be aglow with luminaries. A candle lighting service will take place at the Zoar Meeting House, followed by a tree lighting ceremony in the Zoar Garden. The Krist Kind, or Christ Child, a vision in white, distributes candy to good girls and boys, and the bakery will serve the delicious gingerbread cookies, made from an old Zoar recipe.

The Zoar Tavern is open, serving lunch and dinner, and guests may stay overnight in one of the lovely bed and breakfasts in the area. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the entire festival is $6 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

Zoar is located on State Route 212, just three miles southeast of Exit 93 off I-77. For more information call 800-874-4336 or visit www.zca.org

Christmas on the Hoover Farm, a traditional family holiday extravaganza, will take place at Walsh University’s Hoover Historical Center on Sunday, December 3, from 1 to 5 p.m., admission is free.

The front guest parlor of the home will have a “Teddy Bear” theme, with a time frame of the birth of the Teddy Bear, which was named after President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. The guest parlor holds many of the Hoover family furnishings.

At the top of the front staircase guests will admire a display of handmade baby quilts complete with an antique baby bed and an 1890s baby carriage. Kids can visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the family dining room, and staff members will be happy to take photos for the family album, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

In the kitchen, ladies in vintage attire will be baking holiday cookies in an old-fashioned cast iron stove. Center volunteers will serve refreshments in the Tannery, a primitive 1840s building adjacent to the farmhouse which served as home to the future “Boss” Hoover and his parents in 1852.

Christmas caroling through Hoover Park in a horse-drawn wagon will be available at a cost of $2 per person.

Walsh University’s Hoover Historical Center is located at 1875 East Maple Street, in North Canton, Ohio, across the street from the University’s main campus. For more information call 330-499-0287.

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