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Christmas Cheer

A decorated mantle display inside a downstairs music room labeled, “Home for the Holiday,” decorated by Weber’s Florist, at the Lawrence County Museum. The Lawrence County Historical Museum is currently decorated for the upcoming Christmas season.

It may only be mid November, but at the Lawrence County Historical Museum, Christmas has arrived. Each year, the rooms of the museum are decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

The work on the Christmas decorations began in the middle of October. The museum opens for Christmas in mid November and will stay open until mid December before closing until the first of April.

Different businesses and individuals volunteer their time to decorate each of the nine rooms with a different theme.

The museum is open to visitors on Saturday and Sundays.

While there are a few visitors who come to see the decorations, members of the historical society say they’d welcome many more.

“We do have (visitors) but we’d like to have a lot more,” Peggy Karshner, a trustee with the society, said.

The people who do come enjoy it.

“Most of them are very pleased,” Fondalene Alfrey, vice president of the society, said. “They always say you’ve out done yourself.”

A formal dining room is decorated for the Christmas season. The room labeled “The Nutcracker Ballet,” was decorated by Ohio Laureate Delta Sigma, a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

The museum will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving day this year as well.

Alfrey said the museum has been decorated for Christmas every year for the past 15 years.

Coming up Saturday, the museum will have its annual Christmas Tea. The event is one of two tea fundraisers each year. Tickets for the event are already sold out and there is a waiting list.

The museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.