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Westville hosts candlelight tour

Historic Westville in Lumpkin, Ga., will host its first annual Christmas Candlelight Tour Saturday from 6-8:30 p.m.

The tour will feature a blend of 19th century English, Scottish and German customs, as visitors share family customs from the 1850s era.

The McDonald House will provide a taste of the Scottish holiday wish for the new year — "First-Footing Coal, for a warm house, an evergreen bow, for a long life; bread for a full larder."

The Singer House features the German tradition of the Christmas tree — "the pretty German toy" — as Charles Dickens described it. The table-top tree decorated with fruit, candy, nuts, angels, gingerbread men, toys, popcorn and cranberry strings becomes a vision of Christmas past when Westville's own hand-dipped candles begin to flicker.

Family and friends join together at the Moye House for an English celebration. The English wrote the first Christmas card and added kissing under the mistletoe to their Yuletide tradition. Family games with a background of soft glowing holiday decorations add to the flavor of the season.

Scottish and German music with costumed dancers draws the center of village life to the Chattahoochee County Courthouse. Dancers led by Tina Liedle add excitement and joy to the celebration.

The Kiser House welcomes visitors with soft music, holiday sweets and warm wassail for a taste of Christmas long ago.

Westville is 35 miles south of Columbus off U.S. 27. Tour admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students in grades kindergarten-12.

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