10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Christmas Tea, The Midway Museum.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Spectacular Puppet Show, Bethesda Church, Hinesville
Noon: Wreaths for Warriors, Cottrell Field, Fort Stewart
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Colonial Christmas, Fort Morris.
3 p.m.: Liberty County Community Chorus presents Handel’s “Messiah,” Brewton-Parker College, Hinesville
Note: All events are free and open to the public.
“I think that today, with Christmas being so commercialized, people don’t really stop and appreciate Christmas and what it was like so long ago,” Dianne Behrens said.
Behrens is the assistant curator for The Midway Museum. On Saturday, she and the museum’s volunteers hope to bring back some of what has been lost.
“We want to show people what Christmas was like during the 1800s,” she said. “It wasn’t all about giving. It was about sharing what they had.”
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Midway Museum will present its 10th annual Christmas Tea. The event will highlight traditions from America’s colonial period, which stretched from 1600 to 1775.
“They did not have Xbox and the latest video games back then,” Behrens said. “If you got a stocking with an orange in it, then you were doing really well.”
Behrens said the tea will bring a sense of serenity to the chaos that has taken over Christmas for some.
“From the moment you step in the door, you’ll step right into the past,” she said. “The smells, the sights, it is just totally different.”
Handmade Christmas decorations made from strings of popcorn and cranberries will adorn the museum’s Christmas tree. The house will be decorated with fruit, cloves and magnolia leaves.
Behrens said people need to learn their history and appreciate what is in their own backyards.
“There is so much rich history right here in Liberty County,” Behrens said. “People here, especially with today’s economic climate, should know they don’t have to drive all the way to Savannah to enjoy a piece of history.”
Arthur Edgar, the manager for Fort Morris State Historic Site, couldn’t agree more with Behrens. On Saturday, from 5-8 p.m., Fort Morris will present its annual event, “A Colonial Christmas.”
“Christmas has become very complicated and very stressful for people over the years,” Edgar said. “(This program) sort of provides a way for people to get away from all of that.”
Fort Morris interpreters and volunteers will dress in historical attire, fire the Colonial Christmas guns, and entertain visitors with music.
“Our goal is to try to simplify what the holiday is about,” Edgar said. “People think that giving gifts is what Christmas is, but we want them to know that the greatest present they can give to their families is just giving of themselves, being together, and finding joy in the day.”