Once again in the merry Winter Solstice season, Olde Father Christmas will be visiting Barjon’s books in Billings and allowing his jolly self to be photographed with you, your family and friends! Come and meet this living symbol of the mystery and beauty of the joyful winter season for a photo that will be sure to bring merriment to you and everyone in your family!
While Santa’s origins are connected to this elder Father Christmas, the contemporary Santa Claus we all know so well was introduced to us in a 1930s Coca-Cola Advertising campaign! (That explains that red and white costume!) Father Christmas is traditionally dressed in greens, furs and garlands. Many Christmas traditions originated in Europe then were woven together to bring us our contemporary Christmas. Each celebrates the fact that in the bitter cold of winter, as the days are shortest and the nights their longest, the Sun is “reborn” on the Winter Solstice to welcome a New Year!
Come join us and immerse yourself in a bit of the history that brought us to the fun and frolic of the Christmas of today! Your Father Christmas photos can be used for holiday cards, emails and/or social media. Father Christmas encourages a donation of $5 – $10 for each photo, which will go to support the work of local non-profit educational organization MusEco Media and Education Project (www.MusEco.org). MusEco is known for producing Green Smarts with the Green Man (airs on KTVQ and the CW Network) and the EvenMore.TV Native Musician Spotlight Series. MusEco is currently producing a film about the designation of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, due out on March 27, 2018. Watch for it at the Art House Cinema and on KTVQ!
Father Christmas will be at Barjon’s Books on the following dates:
During the Holiday Parade, Friday November 24 from 7 – 8:30pm
During the Christmas Stroll/Art Walk*, Friday December 1 from 6 – 8pm – *with Tea and Cookies this night only!!
And Saturday afternoons, December 9 and 16 from 12:30 – 2:30pm.
For more information call or text Kris Prinzing at 406-591-0575, or call Barjon’s books at 252-4398.