Friday, December 24, 2010
Ok, so we don't celebrate Christmas. But I always was a sucker for those trees. What better way to spend the holidays than the Concord Museum's 15th Annual "Family Trees; a Celebration of Children's Literature." (Open December 3rd to January 2nd). Now, this is a top-notch local museum to begin with. There is a great collection of Americana from this center of the Revolution, even if it isn't as fancy as the new MFA wing. Of course they celebrate neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson (who resided across the street) and that little battle that happened just down the road.
But, on the day before Christmas, you come for the trees. There were majestic pines filled with hand-stiched animals from one of our fav authors Clare Beaton's, "One Moose, Twenty Mice." There were even pails hung from the outdoor tree of the fabulous "Ox Cart Man" by Donald Hall. We got to make our own wish for the tree for "Wish: Wishing Traditions around the World," by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Elisa Kleven. But mainly we read on the comfy couches, soaking in such new wonders as "Kermit the Hermit," by Bill Peet.
According to the museum, "each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book." So while many of you are out there jostling your way through Toys R Us or fighting for that last ham at Whole Foods, you might want to take a minute and enjoy the simple glow of the holidays in the quaintest little town on earth.