Note: The following is based on a Kutztown University news release.
Would you like to experience Christmas the way Pennsylvania Germans did a century or more ago?
You can do that at Christmas on the Farm, a celebration of the season and Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas and folk traditions that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.
The event will feature PA Dutch folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid’s activities, local folk artists and more.
Christmas on the Farm is a free, family-friendly educational event filled with many things to do, see, smell and hear.
Admire displays of work created by local artisans and craftspeople, and visit a children’s craft tent. Experience historical and cultural live demonstrations featuring hearth cooking, miniature painting and calligraphy.
Terry Berger will be baking Pennsylvania German sweets like Ox Tongue Cookies, there will be a 7-foot tall “Christmas Pyramid” on display and The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen will be on site to show guests traditional crafts of the PA Germans.
The Old Time Plow Boys Club will keep guests warm with food and drinks, Brenda’s Candy will have chocolate goodies for sale, Ellen’s Garden will help you stock your winter pantry and Yesteryear Collectables will have Belsnickels and Santas to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Sarajane Williams’ harp music will grace the ears of visitors in the Sharadin farmhouse.
Inside the schoolhouse visitors will hear stories of the Bunny Brothers’ Christmas with Dori Hoch and music with Keith Brintzenhoff and Mike Hertzog, as well as experience visits from the Belsnickel and a presentation of The New Year’s Wish.