Special to The Review

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Gather up the family for a relaxing, fun afternoon at the Museum of South Texas History on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1:00pm-5:00pm, for a South Texas Christmas Celebraion.

Angelic music from the harp and piano will set the tone. An accomplished musician with over 25 years of performance experience, harpist LouAnn Gramann will perform with her pianist from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Courtyard Gallery. “We look forward to having LouAnn join us to ring in the holiday season.” says Melissa Tijerina, MOSTH Programming Officer. “Her beautiful music always makes the holidays special.”

Bring the kids for a unique photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Claus’ will be in the Will Looney Legacy Park by the windmill weather permitting. A wagon and saddles along with native landscaping will set the South Texas scene. Bring your own camera.

The whole family will enjoy a stroll through MOSTH’s new special exhibition, Nativity Scenes from Around the World. Selected from a vast private collection, crèches or nativity scenes and other Christmas collectibles from around the world will fill the Lower Old Jail Gallery. The experience is sure to remind visitors of the reason for the season. The private collection belongs to the Most Reverend Bishop Reymundo J. Peña, Fifth Bishop of Brownsville. He has been collecting crèches for 32 years. His collection began with a gift presented to him upon his appointment to bishop of the Rio Grande Valley. The collection has since grown to over 200 nativity scenes from over 15 countries around the world.

What would the holidays be without food? Traditional South Texas holiday treats such as tamales, hot chocolate, roscas de los tres reyes and other sweets will be available to enjoy at the Museum or to take home.

And for that last minute shopping, browse through the Museum Store for stocking stuffers and unique gifts items. Do you have someone on your list who seems to have everything? How about a FRIENDship to the Museum? It is a gift that can be enjoyed all year long.

Make plans to enjoy a South Texas Christmas at the Museum of South Texas History on Sunday, Dec. 14th, 1pm to 5pm. For everyone who brings an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots (one toy per person), admission is free. FRIENDS of the Museum are always extended free admission. For further information, call 956-383-6911 or visit the website at www.mosthistory.org.