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Shirley McMarlin

Early American Christmas traditions varied from place to place and among various religious denominations.

For some, it was a solemn observance of the birth of Christ. Others made it a time of celebration. Still others saw it as just another day.

Many European immigrants carried their Old World holiday customs to the New World, including the German tradition of the Christmas tree.

What was going on at Christmastime 1830 at the Compass Inn stagecoach stop in what is now Laughlintown?

Docents for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society took visitors back in time with Holiday Candlelight Tours at the inn-turned- museum on Nov. 30.

Candles, lanterns and fires in the hearths provided a warm glow, as docents portraying innkeepers Robert and Rachel Armor offered tour-goers a look into the traditions and hospitality of days gone by.

At the end of each tour, there were hot mulled cider, treats and a reading of Clement Moore’s beloved “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” which begins, “ ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house; Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …”

Additional tours are scheduled Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. To reserve, call 724-238-6818 or visit compassinn.org.

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