Old-fashioned Christmas at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead

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Getting water at Gray-Campbell Farmstead Lifestyle Expo on a rainy day in 2012

Getting water at Gray-Campbell Farmstead Lifestyle Expo on a rainy day in 2012.

Granted, there’s more to do this time of year than you can shake a stick at, but if you are not otherwise engaged, here’s a fun experience your whole family can enjoy. From 3-5 p.m. today, (Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014), you can enjoy cookies back in the old fireplace, the creation of ornaments and singing of carols at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, located in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. To warm your heart, there will also a yuletide tree decorated the old-fashioned way, hot chocolate around the outdoor kitchen and even a chance to step inside the one-room Liberty School. Might even see you there.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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