It's unbelievable, but it's that time most wonderful time of the year and the staff at the Historic Governors' Mansion are decking the halls for their annual Christmas tour.

This year, they are calling the opening reception, "Tinsel Through Time: Remember When" on November 18, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Tinsel Through Time Exhibit will be open from Nov.19 - Dec. 23, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mansion will be open on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to noon.

The display features collections from the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Wall Family and Bird Family.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Here are 5 great reasons why you might want to take your family to this fabulous walk through history, to see how Wyoming's first families celebrated the holiday season.


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    The 1930 - 1939 Tree

    As you walk through the front door to the room to the right, you'll see "The Golden Age of Glass Ornaments", which glistened the tree during the 30's. American's shopped Woolworth's and their local Five and Dime stores to buy Santa's, bells, birds and pine cones to decorate their tree. Trees were a great escape from the harsh realities of the Great Depression.

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    "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

    This classic Christmas story was written in 1822 and changed the image and duty of Santa Claus. Prior to the publication, Santa was depicted as a thin, old man, who walked from town to town spreading cheer and toys. You can find this room on the second floor of the mansion.

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    The Bird Tree On The 2nd Floor

    This is a tradition that was started by former first lady Roberta L. "Bobby" Hathaway. During the Christmas holiday, she would always display a white, flocked tree, with bird ornaments, on the second floor of the mansion.

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    Gary Freeman, TSM

    Paper Topped Ornaments

    The war effort of World War II pushed America's ornament industry into high gear. Because everyone was contributing to the war effort, even the metal tops on the Christmas bulbs disappeared and were replaced with paper ones, which are on display at the mansion.

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    Gary Freeman, TSM

    Victorian Tree

    In the 1880's, the 'Glitzy-Gaudy" tree was in vogue as Victorians reflected their love of excess. The Victorian tree was crowded with heavily loaded  homemade and commercial ornaments made of wax, metal, felt and wood. More families continued to use candles to light there trees, rather than the new 'electric lights' available.

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