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Bringing the outdoors in

December 14, 2008|By CHRIS COPLEY

For centuries, Christmas has been a mash-up of sacred and secular. The Christian story of Jesus' birth in the arid Middle East collides with Northern European nature-based celebrations of the winter solstice and observations of local deities. Wise men and angels rub shoulders with decorated trees and snowy pine wreathes.

For this year's decorations, the Miller House favors the wintry traditions of Europe and North America. James D. Neville, executive director of the Miller House, Washington County Historical Society's museum, said this year's theme is Winter Wonderland.

Garden clubs in the county were invited to decorate a mantel or tabletop. Their displays can be seen from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the Miller House costs $5; $3 for students and seniors; and free for ages 16 or younger.

The Miller House is at 135 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. If no one answers the Miller House door, stop next door into the basement offices of the historical society.

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For more information, call 301-797-8782, e-mail histsoc@earthlink.net or go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdwchs/miller.html.

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