Monday, December 24, 2012

A Candlelight Christmas

My home still wasn't totally decorated for Christmas, but I was excited to be visiting a home that was.  It was early December, a crisp, clear evening, and we were on our way to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, for their Candlelight Christmas Tour.

Biltmore House, the largest private residence in the United States, was beautifully decorated for Christmas.  Outside was an enormous lighted tree surrounded by smaller trees, getting a beautiful scene at the front of the house.  Inside was a 35-foot Christmas tree in the Banquet Hall, wreaths, trees, and decorations in almost every room, and candles everywhere.  During our time at Biltmore, we strolled from room to room to the soft sounds of a harpist playing Christmas carols.  It really was a lovely evening.

One thing I brought home from my visit was the memory of all the photographs and displays throughout Biltmore House.  Over and over, these told the story of the Vanderbilt family - stories of birthday parties, a Christmas Eve dinner, playing with pets, friends visiting, the everyday types of stories we all have.  I especially liked one display relating how a primary purpose of Biltmore House was to share these stories with others.

There you go, more people celebrating and sharing family stories.

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