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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Museum patrons grab a selfie with Santa
Deborah Paine happily posed for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus during Saturday's Selfies With Santa event for the Holiday House Tour. Julia Sacco

Every year the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum decks its halls with festive decorations from wreaths to bows, but this year special guests brought even more holiday cheer.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted visitors with a smile and a square of homemade shortbread and welcomed them to pose for a photo with the cheery couple.

Tim Taylor of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care service and museum volunteer Pam Mundy volunteered their services as Santa and Mrs. Claus to add some extra joy to the museum stop on last weekend’s Holiday House Tour.

Aside from the photo-op, the museum was beautifully decorated thanks to many hours of labour by about 10 volunteers.

“They’ve been decorating this museum for many years,” said community engagement co-ordinator Barbara Worthy. “Some of these decorations date back to the 1930s. They’re family heirlooms.”

Margaret Teare and Peggy Bell led the team of volunteers who lent hours of their time toward crafting labour-intensive handmade wreaths and decking the halls with festive decor.

One of the many dedicated women lending a hand was Deborah Paine, who despite not being “decoratively inclined,” enjoyed the camaraderie the most.

Worthy hoped that most of all, the seasonal decor and friendly photo-op would give guests a familiar festive feeling.

“It should just invoke the spirit of nostalgia for community spirit.”

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