A Monroe Christmas

Display from Christmas exhibit

This exhibit, which was first displayed during the winter of 2005-6, transforms the entire museum into a festive display of Christmas as James Monroe and his fellow Virginians might have enjoyed it.

The exhibit is decorated with eighteenth and nineteenth century regalia such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, and mountain laurel, and contains information on Virginian customs such as the “kissing ball,” which was made out of mistletoe. A buffet with an attached panel showcases common Christmas dishes such as candied fruits, sweetmeats, oysters, and plum pudding.

The exhibit also features information on Christmas customs that took place in Virginia, such as the shooting off of guns and firecrackers, the types of presents exchanged between parents and their children, and how slaves might have experienced the holiday festivities.