Saturday, December 3, 2011
Pioneer Holiday Traditions
To kick off this Christmas season, we went to the Delta Museum and Archives to learn how Delta's early pioneers celebrated the holidays. The scavenger hunt took the kids through different rooms in a pioneer home, with particular focus on the parlour where the family would gather to play music, read stories, and perhaps look through a stereoscope.
The kids made pomanders out of mandarin oranges and cloves. Pomanders gave a nice fragrance in a pioneer kitchen, and it was a very special decoration since oranges only came at Christmas time. Serena's favourite part was making hand-dipped beeswax candles. (Wonder if she'd still think it's fun if she had to do it for hours like the pioneer children did...)
Reading the Little House series, doing our own Pioneer Thanksgiving, and the Biography Fair project have taught us so much about pioneer life. This trip to the Delta Museum added more hands-on experience for Serena and confirmed how much we've learnt about pioneers!