CONCORD -- The holidays are here at the Concord Museum, where the 17th annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature has opened and runs through Jan. 1.

The galleries are decked out with 36 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children's storybooks and contemporary picture books.

The trees serve as a canvas for volunteer decorators inspired by their book's storyline, illustrations, characters or setting.

Sophie Fatus, an illustrator from Florence, Italy, created original ornaments and came to Concord to decorate the tree based on her book The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud.

Other books include Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Gil Ashby; When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne; A Mountain of Mittens, by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Mitch Vane and Let the Whole Earth Sing, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

On Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the museum offers family craft projects in conjunction with the exhibit. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. or 978-369-9609.

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  • OLDEN DAYS: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates an old-fashioned Thanksgiving, 1830s-style, Nov. 22-25, with hearth cooking, Native American foods, a re-created wedding and more. 800-SEE-1830 or
  • LAST CHANCE: Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War closes Sunday, Nov. 25 at the American Textile History Museum, Dutton St., Lowell.

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