WORCESTER PA – The Christmas holiday season starts a little early this year for members of the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society, educational coordinator Kimberly Boice admits.

Moravian Christmas preparations at Elon University in Elon NC

Moravian Christmas preparations at Elon University in Elon NC

The society will conduct a program highlighting Christmas traditions of the Moravians on Nov. 10 (2009; Tuesday) at 7 p.m. to be held in the Farmers’ Union Hall, 2011 Valley Forge Rd., Worcester PA. Wendy Weida, director of the Moravian Historical Society of Nazareth PA will offer the presentation.

A $2 per person donation is requested.

Viewing a Christmas Putz, hanging a Moravian star, and eating ginger “cakes” have their origins with the early Moravians and are still practiced today by people of varied backgrounds. During her program, Weida will share the background and symbolism of items created and used by the Moravians, and offer insights into their popularity today.

“Many people in this region continue to practice some holiday traditions of the Moravians and do not even realize it. This program will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Moravian Christmas practices and their cross-cultural influences,” Boice said.

The society supports the ownership and operation of the Worcester farmstead, which is a restored Montgomery County (PA) historic site.

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