Christmas memorabilia convention this July

By on February 18, 2015

The 35th annual convention of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past will take place July 22 through 25 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster.

This organization is for collectors of antique Christmas memorabilia. It was formed more than 35 years ago when 20 people with similar interest got together for the first time in a barn outside of Dayton, Ohio. Now the organization has more than 1,400 members who mostly reside in the United States, but also come from Canada and Europe.

The members are dedicated to sharing knowledge, traditions and items prior to 40 years before the present. It is governed by a board of directors chosen from among the members. Its activities include publishing a magazine six times a year called The Glow, and staging an annual convention.

The convention is held each summer in locations throughout the U.S. Over 700 people are expected to attend this year’s convention. There will be lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions, as well as an auction and nightly dinners with entertainment, plus much more. Members also bring pieces from their collections to display in a “museum room.” For this brief time it is the largest assembly of antique Christmas items anywhere in the world.

At conventions members have the opportunity to buy and sell antique Christmas items in a sales room, and also while “room hopping,” a tradition where members may sell to other members from their own hotel rooms.

Conventions are open only to Golden Glow members, however, membership in the organization is open to anyone with an interest in antique Christmas. The annual U.S. membership fee is $50; visit goldenglow.org to learn more.

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