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Boughs of Holly

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In this hustle-and-bustle world, everyone forgets the true meaning of Christmas. It is not about who, what, where, why and what-fell-out-of-the-sky; instead, we should focus on the beautiful decorations, up for a whole month, and all those once-a-year treats! On Saturday and Sunday (December 16 and 17), the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard) presents its own treat with the winter wonderland-esque Christmas Carols in the Garden event. From 1 to 5 p.m. each day, be awestruck by the fifteen-foot balsam fir covered in dried flowers in the Kemper Center, check out Henry Shaw's Victorian house all done up in traditional garb, watch the model trains chug along in the Gardenland Express: Gateway to the West display, sneak crumbs from the gingerbread houses, sing off-key to holiday carols, and load up on mulled cider and roasted chestnuts. Admission to this special holiday weekend costs $3 to $10. Call the Garden at 314-577-9400, or visit for more information.
Sat., Dec. 16; Sun., Dec. 17