The house behind me in the picture above is Nostell priory, a large English country house owned and run by the National Trust. Every Christmas, as with tradition, they have several holiday themed events that run in the weeks and days running up to Christmas. I attended with my family on a day where they were serving mulled wine and if you went in the house, there were many things to see and do, especially for children. Old houses always have a nostalgic feel for me, probably because my parents used to take me and my siblings to them all the time when we were growing up.
With my youngest nephews (One is Oliver pictured to the right to me) and my nieces, we made paper chain shaped like gingerbread men and posed for obligatory pictures near to the giant Christmas trees. These activities were designed to draw younger children into the curiosities that these old houses provide. I have always found old English homes like these great places to go for days out because, although on the surface they seem like boring old buildings, there is so much history in them that can be learnt. Beyond the roaring fires and old style vintage Christmas decorations, there were displays containing books with hand drawn and painted sketches in them done by the girl who lived there long ago. A person that will now be long gone. It gives you insight into a life that came and went before you were even born. It gives you perspective in that there was many lives before yours, how can that not be exciting?
I love everything about history, and so physically being able to look at and sometimes touch displays containing artefacts and relics from these periods is a great way to get history to appeal to the masses too. I think in theory history can be quite dull, but if you were to take trips to destinations of particular history signinfacne like i did, then maybe you might have as much passion as I do as an adult about the history of our world.
The day at Nostell Priory was a great, particularly because I could spend time with my family. something I love to do and that I embrace.
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