December 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am
Christmas is truly a magical time. All you have to do is take a few moments and watch the anticipation of a child filling out his Christmas list, trying to choose which Christmas cookie she should take off the tray or staring in amazement as they sit on the lap of a man with a long white beard.
Sometimes, these days, catching those moments is a little more challenging than it used to be. In a world where everything seems to be instant, it’s important to take time to appreciate loved ones and make memories…and that’s what makes A Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum such a beloved tradition.
For decades, families have visited the museum to see the extensive model train layout, adorable and all-natural “critter” ornaments and charming antique doll collection as an important part of their own holiday celebration. As a matter of fact, A Brandywine Christmas is such a Delaware Country tradition that it isn’t very difficult to find people enthusiastic about the memories they have.
“We went to the River Museum when my children were 6 and 7 years old,” says Susan Taylor, an Army wife currently living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. “It was a tough Christmas for us (as their Dad was deployed in Iraq at the time) so I was all about making memories for them. The trains at the Brandywine River Museum did not disappoint! We were all just blown away by the details in the displays; we even talked about which one we would pick to live in if we could. It was especially neat to share this experience with my own parents – showing that this truly is an attraction that appeals to all ages.”
Janel Fackler, a stay-at-home mother of two from Ambler, Pennsylvania, agrees that the exhibit is a great one to visit.
“I took my daughters, ages 2 & 4, to the Brandywine River Museum, along with my parents and my sister,” she explains. “The train display was definitely a highlight of the visit for all of us. My father, who has been a train enthusiast for years, both enjoyed and appreciated the intricacy of the set and my daughters loved that there were so many moving parts, and that they could look for Santa in the scene. This was a fun, inexpensive day trip, which added to the magic of the Christmas season.”
The trains – as well as the entire seasonal display – have also been an important tradition to the Naismith family of Media, Pennsylvania.
“We have gone almost every year with the boys, from toddler age to last year at ages 18, 16 and 14,” says mom Louise. “They love to see the additions and changes to the layout. We even “steal” ideas for our own train setup under our tree!” Please check back tomorrow for some more train and ornament stories!