Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM / November/December 2016 25 museum with hundreds of Santa Clauses, 300 original nativity scenes, and countless other Christmas symbols collected since he was a boy growing up in Haddonfield (NJ) in the 1940s and ‘50s. Annually, more than 50,000 people from around the world tour the National Christmas Center’s dozens of exhibits to delight in holiday wonderment no matter the season. Established in 1998, the National Christ- mas Center is appropriately located in Paradise, a small town surrounded by Lan- caster’s Pennsylvania Dutch country where the Germans first brought their Christmas traditions to America in the 19th century. Morrison created the museum to preserve and share Christmas memories as well as to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. DREAMS COME TRUE “I remember, as a young boy, walking on Market Street in Philadelphia to peruse the window displays during Christmastime,” said Morrison. “On Christmas Eve, I’d go to bed with an empty stocking and wake up to see the tree decorated and that Santa had visited. It was just magical. There’s nothing like Christmas in a child’s imagination.” Even as an adult, Morrison never lost his childlike fascination for the holiday. Thirty years ago, his two former partners built the Dickens Christmas Village that is now lo- cated on the third floor of Macy’s in Phila- delphia. The 6,000-square-foot, walk-thru exhibit features 100 fully animated figures in various scenes from A Christmas Carol. While it’s a delight to tour the Dickens ex- hibit, nothing compares to the National Christmas Center. Lauded by the History Channel and Martha Stewart’s Christmas program and called one of the “Most Christmassy Places in America” by the Trav- el Channel, National Christmas Center is a fantasy land that would even impress Walt Disney. “A family from Australia was on their first trip to America,” related Morrison. “They told me there were three landmarks they had to visit while they were here: the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and the National Christmas Center!” IfyouREALLYenjoyChristmas,thenallfamilymembers, together,MUSTvisittheNationalChristmasCenter. Absolutely incredible displays of one classic train set after another! Step into a Woolworth’s five-and-dime store with shelves crammed with vintage Christmas toys and merchandise from the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. A longtime collector, Morrison hunted down and purchased each item one at a time.