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December 2011 Source Guide
Eye on Antiques: The American Dulcimer
Born in Germany, the dulcimer grew Celtic roots in America, but before the 20th-Century folk revival neither the instrument nor its playing method fit any standard. Their diversity, availability, and affordability make dulcimers interesting collectibles.
The Christmas Cabin
As a Christmas Eve baby, Stacee Droit always felt a special kinship for the holiday. This year as new owners of the log house her parents built, Stacee and husband Bruce plan a special holiday celebration.
Warm Feelings Inside
Despite their years of traveling to gather antiques, Hazel and Harry Harman always came home, finally building their dream house in south-central Virginia near where both grew up.
Tokens of Thanks
In appreciation for your holiday hostess, we offer a simple gift you can make. If you’re doing the hosting, send your guests home with a small expression of holiday cheer. We provide recipes and packaging inspiration.
A Scottish New Year’s Celebration
Forbidden to celebrate Christmas, the Scots improvised with Hogmanay—a New Year’s Eve feast to celebrate with family, friends, gifts, and perhaps a wee dram of whiskey.
Side by Side: Tavern Signs
Taverns and tradesmen sought to attract business by erecting colorful signs that were easily seen and deciphered. To supplement the small percentage of antiques that survived weather and the wood pile, traditional artisans offer their own renditions.