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Monday, December 19, 2011

An American Homestead: Oldfields at Christmas

A Great American Country House

The kids are home from school and
before everyone starts running in
opposite directions this week, we took
a day to spend together as a family.

It is a tradition in our family to visit
Oldfields, now a house museum on the
grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

It is a 22 room mansion that was once
the home of the Lilly family.  We love
to visit at Christmas time to see the
beautiful decorations.

The trees in this room were decorated
with eggs.  They explained that during
the war years people were encouraged
to decorate using natural materials.

We have been coming to Oldfields since
our kids were little.  We will often stop
by on a Sunday afternoon to stroll through
the gardens and greenhouse.  We were lucky
on this visit to have such a beautiful sunny
day, especially after all the grey skies we have
been having lately.

As always, I love the kitchen, I guess
since I spend so much time in my own.

I hope you get to experience some of
your family traditions with the ones you love.

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