It is December and it is cold. Real cold. Some people are dreading what this winter will bring. I have heard some say that we will have more snow this winter than we have seen the past couple years. I can’t wait. I hope it does snow and I hope it snows a lot.
You see, Lanesfield is a pretty magical place when it snows. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something very peaceful and tranquil about that place when there is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Maybe it is because as the snow falls it begins to conceal all the traces of twenty-first century. The black asphalt disappears as the sound of nearby traffic is muffled. You don’t notice the nearby power lines as much as you once did. Everything is quiet and white. It is times like this that it feels more like 1904 than it does at any other time of the year. My feet get cold and wet walking from the visitor’s center to the schoolhouse and I can’t help but imagine what it must have been like to walk a mile or more just to get to this building and how good it must have felt to warm up by the stove before the teacher began the day’s lessons. Children would decorate their school for Christmas and sometimes the schoolhouse would serve as the church on Sundays. Farm families would huddle close together under blankets as they rode in their box wagon to listen to the Christmas service or watch the children perform a Christmas program. This was a time when the one-room school was more than just a school; it was a central part of the community’s identity.
This December the Lanesfield School will once again be decorated for Christmas. On Saturday December 6 we will host A Country School Christmas with music from the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir, holiday storytelling by Joyce Slater, and a visit from Santa himself. Of course, if you cannot make it that day you can come out anytime in December and make an ornament to take home or write a letter to Santa using pen and ink. If we are lucky, there may even be some snow on the ground.