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12.22.15: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...


I knew the song before I knew the words. As a little girl I always looked forward to decorating for Christmas with my mom and, in particular, displaying one music box that played this wonderful song. 


To me this was the most precious decoration. A small clear box with a grand Christmas tree inside that illuminated as it spun. Humming along to the song, I would watch as the music box Christmas tree twirled while my mom and I baked gingerbread cookies. This song would bring to me the feelings of joy and excitement with full anticipation of the holiday season. 


As Assistant Registrar, I am honored to work closely with the artifacts in the Museum's collection. Every time I see the White Christmas sheet music by Irving Berlin on display in the third floor gallery, these wonderful feelings and memories come back to me - all because of my favorite Christmas music box.


Sasha Makuka