So you were too busy buying that last-minute present to attend any traditional Christmas celebrations. The folks at Virginia's Sully plantation will help you back up and enjoy some of the fun you missed. Way back, in fact, to the Federal period.
On Friday from 4 to 5, hear lutenist Howard Bass perform music popular almost 200 Christmases ago. While there, stroll through the restored home decorated with wreaths, swags of pine and roping for a Christmas circa 1800. On Saturday from 4 to 5, the Wesleyan Ringers from St. Matthews Methodist Church in Annandale will give a bell-ringing concert. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 3-15 years old on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday from 4 to 7, Sully will hold a post-Christmas solstice celebration with candlelight tours, poetry, dancing, chamber and classical music. At 6:45 the holiday decorations will be brought out in a procession and will fuel a huge bonfire followed by fireworks at 7. Admission on Sunday is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. No tickets will be sold after 6 p.m. From the Beltway take I-66 west to U.S. 50 west for 51/2 miles then right on Sully Road. The plantation is one mile on the right. Call 703/437-1794. In case of high winds or heavy rain or snow, the fireworks will be canceled but all other events will go on.