While your attempt at making your home resemble a page from Better Homes and Gardens may have failed, the chance to see perfectly holiday-decorated houses has not passed. On Sunday, seven houses, both historic and modern, in Liberty Township in Adams County, Pa., are opening their doors for the Holiday Home Tour.
Decorated homes include the Pecher Farm, a renovated 1800 stone farmhouse; Windborne Farm House and Barns, a working sheep farm; as well as a reproduction New England saltbox, a converted post and beam barn, a Revolutionary-period log house and a passive-solar home built in the 1980s. The tour includes refreshments and a performance by a jazz duo at the Pecher Farm from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Holiday Home Tour runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in Liberty Township, Adams County, Pa., just north of Emmitsburg. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Call 717-642-5815 for addresses and information.
Christmas wasn't always associated with evergreen trees, stockings or a jolly, gift-bearing fat man. Woodlawn Plantation in Mount Washington, Va., is presenting "Gather the Family: An Early American Holiday" to educate visitors on what Christmas was like for the founding fathers, Sundays through December. In addition to tours of the 126-acre National Historic Landmark plantation adjacent to Mount Vernon, there will be period foods, music and other activities.
The tours are offered Sunday and Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Reservations are required and are available by calling 703-780-4000, Ext. 27. Woodlawn is at 9000 Richmond Highway, 3 miles west of Mount Vernon, Va. For more information, visit www.woodlawn1805.org.
At the National Zoo
The Friends of the National Zoo will be spreading holiday cheer at the "Children's Holiday Celebration" Saturday. The award-winning Battersby Duo will perform musical comedy at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and children can have their pictures taken with costumed characters. Guests can enjoy crafts, cookies and juice, watch animal demonstrations and do a little holiday shopping at the National Zoo Bookstore.
The holiday celebration is free, although visitors are encouraged to bring a wrapped or unwrapped toy (marked with the age and gender of the intended recipient) for the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter. Or visitors may bring pet food or blankets for animals at shelters. The celebration runs 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington. For more information, call 202-673-4637 or visit www.fonz .org.
Go back in time for a holiday celebration in Gettysburg Saturday. The seventh annual "Bed and Breakfast Holiday House Tour" includes nine establishments plus live entertainment, demonstrations, crafts, refreshments and a tour of guest rooms. Stop in at the Cashtown Inn, the Dobbin House Tavern, the Farnsworth House or the Herr Tavern for lunch and dinner, watch demonstrations or performances at A Quiet Knight, Angelic Inn, Hickory Bridge Farm or the Keystone Inn, and shop at Stoneybrook.
Participating inns are A Quiet Knight, 267 Baltimore St.; Angelic Inn, 1090 Ragged Edge Road; the Cashtown Inn, 1325 Old Route 30; the Gettystown Inn at the Dobbin House, 89 Steinwehr Ave.; the Farnsworth House Inn, 401 Baltimore St.; the Herr Tavern, 900 Chambersburg Road; the Hickory Bridge Farm, 96 Hickory Bridge Road; the Keystone Inn, 231 Hanover St.; Stoneybrook, 3385 Bullfrog Road. A $10 donation will get patrons a self-guided map and access to all nine bed and breakfasts. For advance tickets or more information, call the Keystone Inn at 717-337-3888 or visit www.gettysburgbedandbreakfast.com.