Every year my husband Sandy and I try to do a couple of special things during the holidays. We always enjoy an outing with couples and my sister-in-law and best friend, Jeri, always do something just the two of us in December to celebrate our long friendship. Last year Jeri and I went to a Christmas tea at a beautiful little tea room in our town. And Sandy and I saw a live performance of White Christmas at the historic Fox Theater in Detroit with our Bible study group - wonderful. Hubby and I also went to Greenfield Village in Dearborn with another couple for the fabulous Holiday Lights event. It was minus 21 degrees! Greenfield Village is on the Henry Ford grounds and is a community of beautiful historic homes, each street is a different decade. The homes were decorated for Christmas in typical style of the period. In spite of the bitter cold it was a fabulous evening. This year there didn't seem to be a lot of stuff offered in the Detroit area. I think the economy is so bad in this part of Michigan due to the tremendous auto industry layoffs that some of the theater companies didn't come here. I'm usually the one to plan outings for our social group and I was beginning to think that we were going to be out luck this year. I looked for a long time for two different December events. Finally, BINGO! We ended up attending three holiday events in December, all on the Henry Ford estate. On December 4 we took our grandchildren to Santa's Cottage on the grounds. It was just a precious little place and we had a wonderful evening. The staff provided five or six craft stations for the children and the last stop was a lantern lit walk to Santa's Cottage. On December 11, my sister-in-law and I went to the Holiday Concert Luncheon at Fair Lane Manor on the Henry Ford estate. We had such a wonderful time together, as we always do. We ate a wonderful lunch of sea scallops in the music room, followed by a performance of Christmas music. Afterward, we were invited to wonder around the main level of the mansion. I couldn't believe that I forgot my camera! No fear, because on December 17 my husband and I went to the Candle Lit Christmas Dinner and Walk with some dear friends, again at the Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane Manor. It was absolutely incredible! The turkey dinner was scrumptious, the staff was lovely, and the tour of the mansion was just too wonderful. I wish you could all have been there - especially you, CeeKay! After dinner we were led by a guide throughout all three levels of the mansion by candle light. I could seriously get used to living like the Henry Ford's! I want to show you some pictures from the evening and also of that sweet Santa's Cottage.
The Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane Manor - Dearborn, Michigan, built 1914
(even at that time the cost was nearly 2 million)
The magnificent entry and staircase...
When we first arrived on Thursday evening with our friends we were invited to sit and chat in the library until our table was ready for our seating. We so enjoyed the beautiful room and the amazing historical photos of the Fords with interesting and impressive people like Charles Lindbergh.
Look at that ceiling!
A beautifully decorated fireplace in the Ford family swimming pool room where dinner was served.
The rustic family room where Henry Ford and other innovative thinkers like Harvey Firestone put their heads together to create some impressive business deals. The room was also used by the Ford grandchildren for play. Henry Ford was committed to utilizing and protecting nature. This room was the only room in the house with this rustic style.Edsel Ford was Henry and Clara Ford's only child. This was his bedroom. Edsel married a member of the Hudson family and she very much wanted to live in an area that she considered a more socially impressive area of Michigan. Clara Ford so wanted her son and his bride to live at Fair Lane that she talked her husband into building a bowling alley, a billiards room and a swimming pool in the mansion to tempt Edsel. Henry indulged his wife, but Edsel never lived at Fair Lane again after his marriage.
The sleeping porch just off the master bedroom, where Henry and Clara slept in the summer.
Always ready for a photo op, Sydney with Mrs. Claus.