Yuletide became an occasion for parties and dances in the 19th century.Yuletide 1849-the year New York made Christmas official Mumford, N.Y -At the dawn of the 1800s and for many years thereafter, December 25th was just another day in the U.S. But it would soon became a beloved holiday, widely celebrated with church services, Christmas trees, gift-giving and parties. During Genesee Country Village & Museum's Yuletide in the Country Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-16, visitors will journey by foot  to 1849, the year  New York State made  Dec. 25 an official holiday-a declaration not without some controversy. Guided by candle light in the historic village-now decorated for the holidays-visitors will discover how townsfolk were celebrating the season at mid-century, including the lighting-yes, real lighting-of a candle-decorated tree. All of the scenarios are based on actual people, events or writings of the 19th century, and each captures the spirit of the era. The walking tours last approximately 1½ hours and depart about every 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 1:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.  Tour cost is: adults $22/$18 members.  A full buffet, featuring beef tenderloin, turkey and all the trimmings plus a feast of luscious desserts, is available 4-8:30 p.m.  Buffet prices are $30/adults and $16/children 4-10. Children 3 and under eat free. Reservations required for the tour and strongly suggested for buffet. Call (585) 294-8248. For more information, visit http://www.gcv.org/. Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State and the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, open May - October, is located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. For more information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822. Except for special events, Genesee Country Village & Museum is closed for the season and will reopen in May 2013.


Photo: Yuletide became an occasion for parties and dances in the 19th century.  Contact:  Judy Markham  (585) 538-6822 jmarkham@gcv.org