The one with the dinner in a very old house

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Thursday night Andrew and I got to do something we had been looking forward to for months.

We were up at Burritt earlier this year and getting a tour of some of the historic houses by a sweet guide, when he mentioned the Christmas dinner benefit they host each year where you actually eat dinner by candlelight in the old houses (or in the mansion). We were intrigued and said, "let's do it."

And we did. And it was fantastic. Holiday Magic, as the event is called, is Burritts primary fundraiser with half of the ticket cost being a tax deductible donation. There was a pre-dinner reception and mingling time before we were escorted to our house for the evening.

We ate in the Eddins House, the oldest surviving log structure in the state, and sat at a table with 6 others who we had the pleasure of getting to know over dinner. It is always fun to get to meet new people and find all the ways that "it's a small world" because we had some connection or another to everyone at out table.

Dinner was delicious and served family style: ham, sweet potatoes, peaches, bread, and hoppin johns, with pound cake and chocolate/praline sauce for dessert. Yummy.

Father Christmas dropped by with gifts for everyone, pepermint scented soap. And a group of carollers stopped by to serenade us.

It was a little chilly, but once the doors were closed and we were all seated by the fire, we took our coats off and were comfortable. After all, there was no central heat or electricity back in the early 1800s.

It was a great way to spend a date night and get in the Christmas spirit. One we will likely repeat. It was dark (due to that whole no electricity thing) so picture were hard to snag, but here are a few from the night.

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