Traditional plants of the Christmas season program at Cool Creek Park Dec. 20

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Why do people “deck the halls with boughs of holly,” decorate their homes with poinsettias, steal kisses under the mistletoe and gather around the yule log? Find out when the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. offers a new program discussing traditional plants of the Christmas season, at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St., Westfield.

“It’s a mixture of nature education and the history side of it,” said Amanda Smith, Cool Creek Park superintendent of natural resources and education. “It’s a new program, an idea someone had and something we will do again potentially.”

The program explains fun traditions and folklore surrounding the traditional and not-so-traditional plants celebrated with during the holiday season. There will be real plants present and a fun craft.

Smith said the program is for school-aged children and older.

There is no cost but registration is required. To register, call 774-2500 or e-mail holly.faust@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.


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