Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Mark Twain House Full Of Christmas Spirit

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In Mark Twain's study, a Santa Claus suit and boots is ready for Christmas.
By Mirwais Kakar
Reporter
Youth Journalism International
HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Although I had heard and read about the great American author Mark Twain, I recently got my first opportunity to visit his home in Connecticut.
The historic three-story mansion was amazingly decorated for Christmas. It’s beautifully arranged, with picturesque paintings on the walls and household items everywhere. It seemed as though Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was still living there with his family.

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Fireplace mantels all over the house are decorated for Christmas.
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Small gifts for the Clemens daughters poke out from the stockings hung by the fireplace.

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A piano in the second floor school room at The Mark Twain House is decorated for the season.
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A Christmas tree in the parlor of The Mark Twain House.
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In the front hall of  The Mark Twain House, a table holds a horse harness adorned with sleigh bells and  flowers for the neighbors. Gifts are piled up in baskets on the floor for taking or shipping to friends or for the needy.
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Gifts are piled on the sofa in Sam
and Livy Clemens' bedroom.

The expert guide explained to us about the author’s life and struggles, including financial ones. He also told us about some obstacles Twain faced in building and completing the house. He covered almost everything about the family and the house, talking about their cat, their servants, the dining tables, the way guests were treated, their bedroom and more.
Twain along with his wife Livy, moved to the house in 1874 and raised their three daughters there. Livy was interested in the interior design and wanted the house to be exquisite.
Twain, who lived a life full of adventure, came from Missouri and spent time growing up in a Mississippi River town. He worked on a riverboat and as a journalist.
In the course of his life, saw America go through many changes, including the Civil War and the end of slavery. As a writer, he had much to say about all of it.
The Mark Twain House & Museum will retain its festive look until at least New Year’s, so hurry to see it in its holiday splendor. The house is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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In the library of The Mark Twain House, a massive mantel over the fireplace commands attention.

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Mark Twain's pool table take up much of the space in his third-floor study.
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