Licking County residents are invited to share "Christmas Memories," the theme of the Sherwood-Davidson House during Christmas in Veterans' Park, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Licking County residents are invited to share "Christmas Memories," the theme of the Sherwood-Davidson House during Christmas in Veterans' Park, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Licking County Historical Society's Emily Larson, museum curator for the Sherwood-Davidson House, said this year marks the first time the museum has deviated from traditional Christmas decorations.

"The nine rooms will have different themes from the Victorian era to the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s," she said. "We've been drawing decorations from private collections. The decorations for the rooms, including the tree lights, are authentic.

"In addition to the Christmas things, we are using period clothing in each room and other items to create atmosphere," Larson said.

As visitors enter the parlor room, a Victorian dollhouse is on display, as well as a Victorian cardboard village and lighted candles.

The family dining room features seasonal floral arrangements of poinsettias and holly and ivy, while the kitchen showcases tin cookie cutters, muffin tins, pie plates and a 1950s tablecloth.

An upstairs bedroom is serving as the 1940s theme room, with a chenille bedspread and Christmas tree adorned with authentic lead tinsel and vintage glass ornaments. World War II items are also displayed in the room.

The sitting room brings the 1960s to life with an aluminum Christmas tree, complete with color wheel and an old phonograph player with a 45 rpm record of Bing Crosby's "Do You Hear What I Hear."

Another upstairs bedroom has a 1950s theme with bubble lights on the tree as well as plastic ornaments. Red cellophane wreaths hang in the windows.

"We'll also have toys on display that are appropriate to the era," Larson said.

The museum's Exhibit Room is loaded with vintage children's Christmas books, Christmas light bulbs, and a special display of antique Christmas items on loan from private collectors.

"We're also collecting felt stockings from the 1950s to line the staircase banisters," Larson said.

Also in Veterans' Park, at the Buckingham Meeting House, visitors may relax and enjoy old-fashioned music by The Gleaners while enjoying cider and cookies. There will be a children's craft and an opportunity to visit with Santa.

The National Heisey Glass Museum will be open as well, with the King House dining room set for a Christmas feast, and the glassware setting a holiday glow.

The event is free and open to the public, but non-perishable donations for the Licking County Food Pantry will be accepted.