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The Hayesville, North Carolina Centennial Exhibit is celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas.  You'll find a tree decorated with popcorn, wooden toys, Christmas quilts, baskets, dolls, and plenty of other old-time decorations that portray the way the Blue Ridge Mountain folks celebrated the holidays.


Susie Swanson said…
I love these beautiful photos. That is such a nice way to celebrate the holidays. There's some very talented craters in our area. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your mother.
Dorothy said…
Very nice pictures of the Centennial Celebration's country Christmas.
Magnolia Tea said…
Oh, I just love old-fashioned celebrations. Your pictures are so nice, too. Love the quilts and vintage decorations. Have a great weekend, Brenda.
Paula Fraker said…
Wonderful pictures, Brenda!! Those quilts are so beautiful.
Daisy said…
Everything is so pretty and cheery! Beautiful photos, Brenda. :)
How very pretty it all looks. Thank you for sharing.
Nancy Simpson said…
Good exhibit. i am proud of our town. Thanks for posting.
Blackberry Lane said…
What a delight it is to catch up on your blog posts after my long absence from blogging. I enjoy the photos of the old fashioned Christmas so much. May God richly bless you, dear friend, at Christmas and in the new year. Love, Mildred

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