We decided to head to the Clay Center in Charleston again on Sunday afternoon. The last time we were there, they were advertising the holiday displays that were to open after Thanksgiving. Emily and I remember the old Christmas displays at the Sunrise Museum. At Sunrise, there were numerous rooms full of Christmas trees with decorations from around the world. It was incredible! The trees were amazing and in a great display.
So, I guess we had pretty high expectations of the display at the Clay Center (I don’t know if it was advertised as such, but we assumed the display had simply migrated to the Clay Center when they closed Sunrise), but we were pretty disappointed at the time with what was showcased. There were only a few fairly simple trees and a few model railroads set up. Now, don’t get me wrong…I absolutely love the Clay Center and am thrilled that we have such a place in WV. It just wasn’t what I expected.
In a way, though, maybe it was ok too. As I think back on it, the trees at the Sunrise museum were over done and unlike anything normal people would have. Christmas has been about “bigger and better” for a lot of people for a long time. I doubt it was intentional, but I think the Clay Center display sort of captured the mood of lots of folks in the country this year. Maybe overdone isn’t such a good thing. I know we have scaled back on hoopla at our house this year. It’s not necessarily for economic reasons, but more for general mood reasons. I know others are doing the same.
Well, so as to not make introspection the only theme of this post, we enjoyed the huge bronze(?) sculpture in front of the museum. The kids jumped into the “parade” and marched in time…very slow time. It was the slowest moving parade I’d ever seen…almost like they weren’t moving at all.
Anyhow, I think we are settling in to a different Christmas this year. I don’t know if it is just part of my growing up or the times, but Christmas is different this year…and probably better than ever!