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A Cracker Christmas! December 27, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography.

On the Eve of Christmas Eve, we took our nieces to Manatee Historic Village and Park to view the Cracker Cottage decked out in Holiday Finery.

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We all enjoyed the turn of the century charm presented in vignettes throughout the cottage.

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Even the kitchen was be-ribboned with holiday cheer.

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And the pantry included a suitable size tree decked out with home-made hearts.

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Evidence of plenty graced the plain planks of the kitchen table.

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A lizard in overalls scaled Wiggins General Store, the anchor of the village.

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And Jolly St. Nick sported some sporty attire.

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Happy Holidays to ALL and to ALL a Good Night!


1. granny1947 - December 27, 2013

What an interesting place…sleep tight.

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

Thanks, Granny. I love walking around historic villages. I went to school in Williamsburg which is one of the best.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - December 27, 2013

Good Morning Nancy! What a fun thing to do.. πŸ™‚ Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

It’s a great way to see life in Florida . . . 100 years ago. The Cracker Cottage is designed with a center breezeway that can be opened to cool things off or shut when storms appear on the horizon.

3. ericjbaker - December 27, 2013

I thought a “cracker” Christmas was when old white dudes exchange gifts of Bill O’Reilly books and call President Obama a communist.


William D'Andrea - December 27, 2013

As a life long Northerner, I’ve never understood the term “Cracker”. I’ve always thought of it as a snack food.

“Why do you call me ‘Cracker’? Do I look like a Premium Saltine?”

“No. You’re more of a “Ritz”.

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

Bwahaha! Crackers were cattlemen who *cracked* whips to gather the cattle and keep ’em moving in the right direction.

ericjbaker - December 27, 2013

I am pale-skinned and inclined toward salty language, so…

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

The perfect Cracker . . . “Puttin’ on the Ritz!”

4. Morgan - December 27, 2013

Sounds Marvelous πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

A nice slice of historic life in Florida.

5. colonialist - December 27, 2013

One certainly has no doubt about the season when one is there!

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

Yup. Even though we were in flip flops and t-shirts, we could sense Christmas on the horizon.

6. Tammy - December 27, 2013

I really love the ornaments on the tree.

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

Me too! The simple decor filled us with peace.

7. kateshrewsday - December 27, 2013

Lovely and traditional, Nancy. I bet it was perfect for putting you in the Christmas mood!

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

Yes! Especially with the girls for company.

8. jannatwrites - December 27, 2013

Looks beautiful (and festive)! I like the heart tree (hearts and butterflies are two of my favs πŸ™‚ )

nrhatch - December 27, 2013

I loved that little tree too ~ with cinnamon sticks, sliced apples, cranberries, and HEARTS!

9. sufilight - December 28, 2013

How charming! I know I would enjoy visiting a historic home like this one. For me it reminds me of the continuity of life… Happy Holidays, Nancy!

nrhatch - December 28, 2013

Thanks, Marie. I’ve always been drawn to the simpler decor of Colonial times ~ Wmsburg did a fantastic job each year with its decorations, including pineapples of welcome.

10. Don - December 28, 2013

Just such a fascinating place, Nancy.

nrhatch - December 28, 2013

Unlike Wmsburg (which requires days to absorb), Manatee Historic Village is just right for a Holiday Stroll ~ the weather was perfect as we moved from Cottage to Courthouse to Schoolhouse to Church.

11. Three Well Beings - December 29, 2013

I love the homemade items. You’d think I’d be tired of Christmas decorations by now, but I always admire those that are homespun. I appreciate the simplicity. I hope your nieces enjoyed themselves and you enjoyed THEM! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - December 30, 2013

We had a GREAT time with J & S. They like to sleep LATE which gives BFF and I a chance to get everything that needs doing done before they arise. Then it’s PLAY time!

Simple homespun ornaments are the best! I am growing tired of the tired looking decorations on our streetlamps. “Enough with the Candy Cane poles.” πŸ˜›

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - December 30, 2013

So very pretty. I really like all the sparkle and glitter but once in a while it is nice to see the soft and old style.

nrhatch - December 30, 2013

I found them soft and soothing too.

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