Christmas At Shaker Village

I haven’t shared many posts about Kentucky (I’ve lived in Kentucky my whole life) so today I thought I’d share about Shaker Village.

Shaker Village is nestled in the rolling hills of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region and is the site of a Shaker religious community that was active from 1805 to 1910.

Christmas At Shaker Village

Wayne and I live close and we often go to Shaker Village and eat dinner. Sometimes we go and walk their trails in the summer time.

We had never been to Shaker Village at Christmas and so this year I was determined to get there. I drive by all the time and at night the thousands of white lights are breath-taking. They also have fresh greenery everywhere with red bows.

I took this picture during the day.

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This picture was taken at night. There are thousands of white lights.

Christmas At Shaker Village

Shakers were a religious sect. They were founded in the 18th century in England, having branched off from a Quaker community. They were known as “Shaking Quakers” because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services.

Shakers eventually died out mainly because they were celibate. Procreation was forbidden after they joined the society (except for women who were already pregnant at admission). Children were added to their communities through indenture, adoption, or conversion.

Occasionally a foundling was anonymously left on a Shaker doorstep. They welcomed all, often taking in orphans and the homeless. For children, Shaker life was structured, safe, and predictable.

When Shaker youngsters, girls and boys, reached the age of 21, they were free to leave or to remain with the Shakers. Unwilling to remain celibate, many chose to leave; today there are thousands of descendants of Shaker-raised seceders.

I’m not sure how they thought they could survive without procreating??

Anyway, we had a wonderful evening. They had a bonfire with hot chocolate. Mrs. Santa Claus lit the Christmas tree and they sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. We also did a candlelight tour of one of the buildings.

Christmas At Shaker Village

This is the entrance to the Trustee’s Office Dining Room where we ate dinner. The food is delicious!

Christmas At Shaker Village

This is a better view of the Trustee’s Office.

Christmas At Shaker Village

Another building with a bright star!

Christmas At Shaker Village

I took a picture of this if you want to read about the Shakers. There are miles of the rock fence that’s mentioned.

Christmas At Shaker Village

Wayne and I’ve decided that we’re going to stay in one of the rooms some time soon, even though we live close, we think it would be fun! If you’re ever in the area, I would highly recommend you stopping by.

Have you ever been to Shaker Village? 

Beauty For the Heart~~I think you can pretty much find a scripture to prove anything you want and many times scripture is taken out of context.

But it’s hard to argue with Genesis 1:28, God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”

Marriage and procreation are tightly linked. :-)

Have a blessed day!

 

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What I Wore-Fashion Over 40

Happy Wednesday friends! Well if you’re counting, it’s 8 days until Christmas. Yikes! I still have quite a bit to do. But I’m one of those people who work better under pressure.

This past week, I wore several outfits that I have shared before. I wore my vest and scarf again!

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Herringbone Vest-Stitch Fix//Red plaid scarf-Target//Chambray shirt-Old Navy//Jeans-LOFT//Brown boots-Rack Room Shoes

I wore this poncho with my tall black boots pictured below.

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Poncho sweater-Marshall’s (similar)//Skinny jeans-Banana Republic//Black heels-Rack Room Shoes

I did some Christmas shopping and I don’t like to drag around a coat so I wore this checkered open cardigan with my fringe scarf from Target. Perfect for a cold day! (The wind is blowing and my hair is a little wild in these pictures.)

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sweater with scarf and black boots

Open Cardigan-Stitch Fix//Fringe scarf-Target//Burgundy cords-Kut From The Kloth//Boots-Rack Room Shoes

Do you still have some Christmas shopping left to do or are you all done?

Beauty For the Heart~~I had to share this video with you all today. Natalie Hodson is a Healthy Living blogger. She shares recipes and workouts (you do have to pay a monthly fee to get her best recipes and workouts.)

I’ve been thinking lately about the New Year and what I’ll be doing on this blog. I’m so thankful to have my blog and even more thankful that I can now work full time as a blogger. But I’ll be honest, I sometimes wonder how long I can do this?

I’m not getting any younger and does anyone want to look at pictures of an old woman?? I have lots of imperfections and the wrinkles are coming faster and faster. I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest.

This video reminds me that none of us have perfect skin, bodies, hair etc.

We’re not trying to look like we’re teenagers around here. We’re trying to grow old gracefully and more importantly we’re trying to grow in love and self-control, in kindness and gentleness, in goodness and patience, in joy and peace.

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Thank you so much for joining me here at Walking in Grace & Beauty. I hope you leave here knowing you are ENOUGH and you are loved by God and he made you uniquely YOU!

Have a blessed day!

 

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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