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Merry Christmas from the Campbell House

Campbell House has a very special Christmas story
that comes with an unusual decoration.

Campbell Christmas table, circa 1895.

About 1895 the Campbell family hosted a small Christmas party for their close friends. In true Gilded Age style the dining room table was set spectacularly for the event. The table itself was completely wrapped in fresh flowers–red and white carnations with greens.  The centerpiece of the table was a figure of Santa Claus complete with his sleigh holding toys and a decorated Christmas tree all pulled by 8 reindeer. This unusual table decoration was also the party favor. Every family in attendance was invited to take part of the display home.

The reindeer Vixen was taken home by the Hugh Scott family of St. Louis. Vixen decorated their dining room Christmas table for almost 80 years. About 25 years ago the Scott family was persuaded by Campbell House supporter Zoe Desloge Lippman to donate Vixen to the Campbell House Museum for all our Christmas callers to enjoy.

Come and visit Vixen and experience the splendor of Christmases past. Campbell House is open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. through December 30. During January we are open most days by appointment. Call us to make and appointment, 314-421-0325.

Vixen adorns the Morning Room mantle today.
Vixen adorns the Morning Room mantle today.

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