In keeping with Christmas tradition, the 22nd annua Poinsettia and Greens Open House will take place this weekend at the Union Mills Homestead.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, the historic homestead will display an assortment of holiday greenery and decorations for sale.
Esther Shriver, executive director of the homestead, said the Tannery Building and Grist Mill will be filled with all types of greens, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias.
"This year, for the first time, we have added live, fresh-cut Douglas fir trees in the greens sale," Mrs. Shriver said.
"The entire second floor of the mill will be filled with poinsettias in pots and hanging baskets," she said.
The Poinsettia and Greens Open House has come a long way since it began more than 20 years ago, when only a few dozen poinsettias were available to shoppers.
Not only has the number of poinsettia plants increased, but a variety of Christmas greenery has also been added and the open house atmosphere has been enhanced.
For more than a decade, Alloway Herb Garden in Littlestown, Pa., has given several rooms in the homestead a special holiday flair.
"The last 12 years, Alloway has been coming here to decorate," Mrs. Shriver said. "It's very charming -- they do it in an old-fashioned way. They use a different color scheme every year.
"It's always a surprise. They even use some of the old ornaments from the homestead."
In addition to the sale of poinsettias and greens, the gift shop will be open to visitors looking for a different type of Christmas
This year, replicas of the grist mill, greeting cards, china homestead mugs, Amish furniture, dolls and English storybooks will be available in the gift shop.
From noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Santa Claus will greet children and their parents in the miller's office.
Hot mulled cider and cookies will be served from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
The open house is sponsored by the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, and all proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of the homestead.
Admission is free. Information: 848-2288.