The annual Family Yuletide returns to the Plantation Stableyards on Saturday, Dec. 13. Wreath and ornament-making, along with warm fires, candlelit craft shops, a live nativity and refreshments await visitors at the annual family-friendly event.
As with all activities at Middleton Place, Family Yuletide is grounded in the Christmas traditions of the Old South. Working by candlelight, Stableyards artisans will be practicing the crafts of the skilled workers that kept Low Country plantations supplied with the manufactured goods needed for everyday life and work. The blacksmith, potter, cooper and seamstress will be available to visitors interested in learning more about the roles their positions played at Middleton Place in the 18th century. Returning to the event is a live nativity scene that will include several animals from the Stableyards at 7 p.m.
Grape vines, holly berries, evergreen clippings and other natural materials will be provided for wreath making. Children and adults may create peanut butter pine cone bird feeders, along with “twiss up” dolls, rag quilt and felt ornaments and popcorn and cranberry garland. Volunteers will be on hand at each craft station to instruct and assist visitors on how to create a holiday masterpiece.
For the second year, Family Yuletide offers participants a way to spread holiday cheer through donations to two worthy, local charities. Bring a non-perishable food item and/or cat food and receive a ticket to the Yuletide raffle for prizes. Middleton Place Foundation memberships, Middleton Place fleece blankets, and much more will be raffled off following the live nativity. Food donations will go to the Lowcountry Food Bank, a Charleston-based organization that helps to feed over 200,000 families, children and seniors each year, while the Feline Freedom Coalition in Ravenel will receive the cat food donations to assist the hundreds of homeless cats in the area.