Father Christmas has arrived in Adelaide for another year and so it is time for the Festive Season to begin. Do you have any Christmas traditions that have been passed down through your family for generations? At the Highercombe Museum's Touch of Christmas Past you can learn about some old traditions and maybe incorporate some of them into your Christmas Celebration. The Old Highercombe Museum Hotel, is a prominent landmark in the historic township of Tea Tree Gully, and it was opened in 1854. The building has served as a hotel, a community meeting room, a post office, a school room, and a residence. This is where you go if you really want to feel some South Australian heritage. As you walk from room to room you feel yourself getting lost in the colonial architecture and the history on display. Children enjoy a sense of wonder and discovery as they marvel over the items on display and reflect upon how different life is today.
What is your favourite part of Christmas? Do you have traditions you remember from your childhood? Traditions you want your children and grandchildren to understand and embrace? While I love Christmas, I sometimes dream of escaping the overly commercial version of Christmas presented in all the shops today. At the Highercombe Museum this year you can escape the commercialism of 2013 and enter a world of Christmas Days of old.
What is a Christmas season without revisiting Dicken's A Christmas Carol? Make the Dickens room at the Highercombe Museum the catalyst to going home and watching A Christmas Carol with your children. Or watch it before your visit and then let the displays help them further understand the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the message this story has for each of us 170 years after it was first printed. Here you will delight in items that form the basis of our Christmas Carols, items like sleigh bells, garlands, boughs of holly and mistletoe, which are really only words for the children these days, will be explained and brought to life in the beautiful displays in this historic location. You can even wander out to the Slab Hut to see how our pioneers celebrated Christmas. What a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about history in an engaging display.
If you time your visit right you can also call in to the Olde Lolly Shop and take time to relax and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea or other homemade sweet treat.