Old-fashioned Christmas warms the night

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Jingle bells are a distant cultural memory for most of us, but at the Littleton Museum's Holiday's Evening on Dec. 10, they sounded oh-so-right as they tinkled on the bridles of draft horses pulling revelers through bonfire-lit fields to cabins aglow with lanternlight.

Molasses candy and hot apple cider sweetened the night as kids climbed onto Santa's lap, and luminarias lit the path that took attendees back through the years to a time when a pair of socks beneath the tree made a thrilling gift.

Why see Santa in the great outdoors?

“There are no campfires at the mall,” answered Phil Hull, as his kids whispered in the ear of the Jolly Old Elf.

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