"O Tannenbaum" is the theme for this year's Christmas open house at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. The tune of this German carol was borrowed during the Civil War for "Maryland, My Maryland," which became the state song. But at the museum, the emphasis is on the carol's original theme: a celebration of the Christmas tree.
Each room of the 1852 farmhouse and log cabin is decorated in a different theme, with a Christmas tree to match. Also on display is an assortment of mini Christmas trees decorated by local residents. Prizes have been awarded for the best Victorian, country and folk art trees, the smallest tree, the most creative tree and the best tree decorated by a child under 16.
During the open house, museum staff members will be demonstrating farm crafts of the late 19th century. Homemade goodies such as cakes and pies are for sale in the summer kitchen.
Santa will also be paying a call each day at 2 p.m.
The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through next Sunday. Tour groups are welcome.
For more information, call (301) 848-7775, or 876-2667 (direct from Baltimore).