Celebrate Christmas from a soldier’s perspective

Experience Christmas on the farm from a soldier’s perspective at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market on Saturday.

Sarah Mink, supervisor of historical interpretation said this event is perfect for the whole family. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Christmas Eve from two perspectives, from two different years: 1859 and 1864, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The stage has been set. The first perspective is at the Bushong Farm. It’s Christmas Eve and the family is busy preparing for the festivities, Mink explained. The year is 1859 and there is much political tension in the United States.

The second perspective is Christmas Eve 1864 in a military camp. Soldiers have been far from home and fighting a bloody war for years now with no end in sight. They do their best to enjoy the holiday season with songs and memories of home.

Guests will be invited to join the family and soldiers in camp in singing carols, sending care packages, hearing Christmas stories and even meet a special Christmas visitor, Mink explained.

The museum will be open and will provide a craft station where guests are encouraged to make an ornament to take home and one for the museum’s tree.

Complimentary holiday refreshments will be made available and the gift store will also be open for shopping.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for youth 6-12, and children under 5 are free. There are discounts available for active duty and retired military.

The museum is offering $1 off admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit Manor Memorial United Methodist Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in New Market. The food will go to benefit local families  this holiday season.

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War is located at 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market.