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Naturally decorative: History Center event crafts ornaments from the outdoors
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Northeast Georgia History Center Family Day

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Where: Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville

How much: Free

Contact: 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org

North Georgia in the fall and winter months has a way of reconnecting people with nature.

The cool air, the crunch of leaves and a few pine cones can all become inspiration for some beautiful Christmas decorations.

Children can learn how to bring the beauty of nature indoors from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Northeast Georgia History Center’s Family Day.

The theme this month is a “Christmas from Nature” and will provide families and children with an opportunity to make some unique Christmas crafts from items found in nature.

Children will be able to create one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations out of items like pine cones, seeds, twigs and even okra.

“The really neat thing I think about this is because the material is so varied, there is a lot more options for the children’s ornaments to be very uniquely their own,” said Julie Carson, education and volunteer coordinator for the History Center.

Volunteers have been busy trying out crafts using natural items from the area.

Carson said the crafts are all fairly easy and frustration free for most elementary school-aged children.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Kids will have the chance to make a few gift requests while parents take advantage of the free photo op.

Children will be able to remember their visit with Santa for years to come by making a nature-inspired photo frame.

Carson said the family day events are always educational, the crafts will help children learn about the history of the area and about the item they’re using to create with.

“It’s so much fun to do and it’s just a great, great day,” Carson said.

Refreshments will be served and the Enota Show Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m.

The event is free.

For more information, call 770-297-5900 or visit www.negahc.org.

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