Movie: Muppet Christmas Carol

Cover of Muppet Christmas CarolI wrote a review and gave a roundup of links about The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Now Oh My Disney did a retrospective for the 25th anniversary. Brian Henson (Jim’s son) and Dave Goelz (puppet performer) talked about the movie. It’s pretty touching with a few descriptions of how they did stuff and why they included this or that.  I think you’ll love it.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,   and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Christmas at Hoover

Every year the historic campus (The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and The Herbert Hoover National Historic site) and the town of West Branch celebrate Christmas in a BIG way! The big Christmas event in person is always the first weekend of December. I’ve been several times and I recommend it. However, if you’re only able to visit West Branch online there are several videos to watch!

Sarah Uthoff in costume as Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sarah and the display she helped curate as part of the Hoover Christmas Tree exhibit.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Back in 2010, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum did a special Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas exhibit. Their normal schedule is big summer exhibit through October, Christmas tree exhibit from November through the beginning of January and then a winter exhibit from January through April or May. Each year they try for a different theme. The 2010 exhibit was A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas. I consulted and loaned them some of my material, photographs, etc. for the display.

Take a look!

NOTE: I actually have more footage of this on an old computer and I may edit it and get it up someday. Also, be aware that the Christmas ornaments in the gift shop were a limited supply and when they’re gone they’re gone. The Laura ones are a long time gone. Check with them for this year’s holiday exhibit themed ornaments.

I put together a special program about Christmas. This is a shortened, original version of my Christmas with Laura program which I still present.

Readers Theater “A Christmas Carol”

Another non-Laura Christmas entry is their Readers Theater production of A Christmas Carol. Admittedly as they are reading it’s not the most exciting thing to watch, but this shortened edition is an excellent show to have on while wrapping presents or otherwise getting ready for the holiday.

Christmas in Iowa

Their third and final – for now – Christmas video is Michael Zahs, a popular Iowan historic speaker, presents historic tales of Christmas in Iowa.

Bonus!

And if you’re a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan be sure to check out my latest program video – again a special version of – A Long Way Home.

But an older Laura video is a tour of their Laura Ingalls Wilder exhibit. It’s still their most visited winter exhibit ever.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,   and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2019

Baking on a wood burning stove
Baking at Ushers Ferry

When you think Laura trip, normally think of summer trips. Planning driving trips around the Midwest during the winter isn’t a wise person’s first choice, but sometimes early December is still fine weather. Over the years several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites have had a Christmas event that first December weekend. Currently Mansfield, Missouri, and Malone, New York, have Christmas Events.

Mansfield MO

December 7, 2019 – Christmas with Laura 6:00pm

Mansfield’s Christmas event is smaller. Refreshment, shopping, and tours of Rocky Ridge are all part of the event.

Malone/Burke NY

Christmas with Almanzo  – December 7, 2019

  • Children’s  craft activities
  • Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

Spring Valley, MN

For years Spring Valley hosted a Christmas tree at their museums. This is the first year without one. I’m sorry to hear it and we’ll watch hopefully for their return.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one  yourself, watch  her videos,  listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,  Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Merry Christmas 2017

Wishing you all a very merry – and Laura-ish – Christmas!

I hope that you’ll all spend a lot of time with Laura and me next year here at Trundlebed Tales. Remember to brighten the corner where you are!

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2017

Three of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites reopen for a special Christmas event. If you get a chance, go!

Christmas Tree Ornaments
Christmas Tree Ornaments

Mansfield MO

Despite it being short, I’ve always wanted to attend the Christmas event to get a photo of me in the Rocky Ridge living room. Maybe someday….

Christmas on Rocky Ridge Farm December 3, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Weather Permitting.
Free admission to the historic home featuring vintage decorations. Tunes on Pa’s fiddle. Bring YOUR camera or cell phone for pictures with Santa by Laura’s fireplace. Tastings from Laura’s own recipes. Come celebrate Christmas with us in a most special way! (NOTE*) If the parade is canceled for bad weather Laura’s Christmas will be canceled as well.

Spring Valley MN

Spring Valley Christmas Teas Dec. 2-3, 2017
Spring Valley is closed for the season at the end of October, but they reopen for Christmas teas. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. Contact the museum at wilderinspringvalley@hotmail.com for reservations and more details.
http://www.springvalleymnmuseum.org/wilderevents.html

Malone/Burke NY

Christmas with Almanzo Dec. 2, 2017  11am – 3pm
Enjoy mulled cider & traditional cookies in the Wilder house with carol singing and Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings. Readings will take place at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. Plus, children’s holiday craft activities and the gift shop will be open! Free admission.
https://almanzowilderfarm.com/event/christmas-with-almanzo

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

South Dakota Christmas

A lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans love the “Little House” towns, but Laura fans mostly come during the summer. Ever wonder what it’s like to spend Christmas in South Dakota? Check out these festivals around South Dakota.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

25 Laura Days of Christmas

Since I created this a few years ago, I share this on Twitter and Facebook. I didn’t get it done this year so I decided to do a brand new post with the whole thing.

How Did This Start?

It started out because I had picked up a new tradition that is slowly gaining ground of posting something you’re grateful for everyday in November. I enjoyed that and rather than stop I decided to think of something similar, but fun for December. I came up with doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder themed Days of Christmas. It follows the numbers better than the tune, but I hope you enjoy it.

How Long Does it Run?

The real Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Christmas and runs through All Kings Day on January 6th. I decided to run mine from the beginning of December to Christmas since that’s when people were in a mood. I think it was a definite success. Merry Christmas From Trundlebed Tales 2

 

 

 

25 Laura Ingalls Wilder Days of Christmas

On the twenty-fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
twenty-five cultivated acres on a proved up homestead claim
twenty-four places of Roger Brothers Crown pattern silverware
twenty-three two seat sleighs
twenty-two slate pencils (the good grey kind, not the white scratchy ones)
twenty-one muffs and capes
twenty bags of seed wheat
nineteen treadle sewing machines
eighteen button shoes
seventeen geese flying south
sixteen pancake men
fifteen brindle bulldogs
fourteen Fourth of July mittens
thirteen Pa’s church bells
twelve straw poke bonnets
eleven tin punch lanterns
ten hair receivers
nine dancers dancing to Pa’s fiddle
eight bucket raised calves
seven swan coats with blue lining
six chicks to be laying hens
five replica engagement rings
four Ingalls Sisters
three prairie chickens
two Christmas horses
and a genuine Memorial Cottonwood Tree.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.