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Longview hosts living history Christmas

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An East Texas museum is coming alive with the spirit of Christmas. The Gregg county historical museum is hosting their annual 'living history Christmas' event. It has become as much a Longview tradition as the Christmas parade, the living history Christmas draws children young and old.

"This is the day the museum becomes alive for Christmas. People who grew up doing this are now bringing their children back, or their grandchildren," says museum executive director Raina Howerton.   

The miniature city, the lights,  the trains,  all throwback to a simpler time.

"Its not just the kids, its the adults too. I had Lionel trains when I was growing up so I always enjoy looking at these old trains," says visitor Ken Durham. 

Its a production that workers take special pride in making authentic for the public, dressing in period costumes. But in the eyes of kids, its real magic.

"I just like that they all looked realistic and had some many decorations on it," says 9 year old Tucker Gary.

"The holiday festivity attitude and enjoy seeing children gleam when they're here. They just absolutely gleam," Durham says.

"If you are not in the Christmas spirit, when you leave here you will be," Howerton says.

The living history Christmas display is open to the public every day at the Gregg county historical museum through December 21st.

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