Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites everyone to experience "Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home and the Johnson Settlement Cabin on December 5. National park rangers will provide an open house of the historic homes, all decked out for Christmas celebrations in the 1920s and the 1860s from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening.
The LBJ Boyhood Home will be lamp lit, giving visitors an opportunity to experience family life at the Johnsons' house as it was more than eighty years ago. National park rangers and volunteers team up to portray a 1920s Christmas, complete with a cedar tree in the parlor adorned with handmade ornaments and a toy display beneath, and authentic decorations and seasonal goodies throughout the home.
Afterwards visitors can board the shuttle bus at the back gate for a five-minute ride to the Johnson Settlement, where they are guided by lantern light even further back in time to a late 1860s Christmas in frontier Texas. The Exhibit Center will be open for visitors wanting to immerse themselves in what life was like on those cattle drives of long ago, or learn about Lyndon Johnson's ancestors and what their lives were like on the settlement lands and about other families who came after them and farmed this harsh land. Further up the path is the original Sam Ealy Johnson cabin, where Lyndon Johnson's grandparents first homesteaded in 1867. Here the lighting is provided by candles, oil lamps, and two fireplaces. The decorations here are much simpler, but there is also a tree and some toys, as well as seasonal music. Just as strangers were welcomed in the past, visitors are offered refreshments before they strike out again on the trail home.