German Museum hosts 'Old Christmas' celebration

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On Saturday, Jan. 5, the board members of the German Culture Museum hosted an "Old Christmas" celebration at the Museum, which is located in the lower level of the Walnut Creek Community Building. "Old Christmas," or Epiphany has been celebrated by the GCM seven times in it's 30-year history. This year's gathering was a special occasion of appreciation and thank you for the museum members and volunteers.

GCM board members participated in the 4-6 p.m. program. John Hochstetler started with a welcome and introductions. Larry and Judy Westfall served as greeters. Kermit Miller and Larry Neal offered reviews of the 2012 season and a glimpse of this year's upcoming exhibits. Pam Miller decorated for the 12th day of Christmas with fresh pine and holly greenery. A Christmas tree was trimmed with antique ornaments that belonged to Ruth Schlabach.

Highlights included: the unveiling of a new display. The 12 Apostles wood carvings recently donated to the Museum by Ken and Sonja Dunham, are now housed in a showcase built by Miller Trim Carpentry. Also, the guests enjoyed special German delicacies including cakes: hickory nut, German chocolate, Black Forest; cookies: almond, ginger, molasses and Christmas cutouts; date nut pudding, English trifle, stollen, turnovers, fresh fruits, and plates of meat and cheese.

George Bender offered prayer, and the Merle Hershberger family delighted those in attendance with Christmas songs.

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