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Christmas at Billlings Farm

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Snow softly falling  is a hit for visitors at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock.
     
"It's great. Being from Houston any snow is a benefit and we were glad to see anything today so it's really nice," said Troy Champan, a visitor from Texas.

Footprints of tourists from across the U.S. were seen at Billings Sunday, a sure sign that it's Christmas at the farm.

"Today we're getting -- wonderfully -- a little unexpected snow this morning," said the museum's Pam Arel.

Arel said it's always exciting when the weather outside matches the Christmas exhibits inside the Farm House, making it feel like a real Victorian holiday. "It's simpler. It's not nearly as big a holiday as 4th of July or Thanksgiving, but it's still a time for family, food neighbors and giving," she said.

This weekend Arel estimates roughly 160 visitors passed through their doors and that the numbers jump to about 250 a day as the holiday approaches.

"We just love the Vermont style," said Chrissy Loper, a visitor from Massachusetts. "It's kind of old country which is exactly what we like."

Loper said she and her husband love the authenticity of the old Farm House -- like fresh pies baking in an old fashioned oven. "It's absolutely beautiful, absolutely beautiful. We're building a house in April and are trying to bring some of the old farmhouse style into the home and this has actually given us some pretty good ideas on how to do that," she said.
     
Despite the museum-style home, Billings is still a working dairy farm and dairy exhibits stay open year round.  Another special project available at Christmas -- making crafts true to the 1890s. Caroline Schissel and her brother are making candles like they've done each holiday season for a decade. "Christmas at the farm is always really beautiful because there's always stuff to do and like. There's always decorations and especially when it's snowing outside, it's really pretty," Caroline said.

A Christmas tradition in Vermont shared with visitors from near and far.
   

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