If you're pining for a jolt of Christmas as it was celebrated in the old days, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better representation than the Victorian Christmas at the Campbell House
. The 1851 townhouse is festooned with the sort of piney 'n' shiny decorations that were chic a century and a half ago. It fits right in with the Campbell House's everyday look, as the building has been restored to its original Gilded Age splendor -- even the furniture and fixtures are period correct. Experience the beauty of a pre-electric, no-plastic Christmas; You might find you like it better than what we have now.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. (through Thu., Jan. 15, 2015). Campbell House Museum (1508 Locust Street; 314-421-0325 or www.campbellhousemuseum.org). $8.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 12-4 p.m.; Sundays, 12-4 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: Dec. 3. Continues through Jan. 15, 2014